- 12-14-2007, 11:33 PM
Are they necessary from a strength/performance standpoint? I don't care so much about bodybuilding as I am starting to lift more for general health and strength. So is it necessary for someone like myself?
I don't use any supplements currently, trying to stay completely natural, but am considering BCAAs due to a pretty good deal I've heard about.
If someone could post published studies that validate the positive claims of BCAA supplementation, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
- 12-15-2007, 12:21 AM
Some people find bcaa's useful around workouts, some prefer EAA's , some people think these isolated aminos are bulldust and think all you need is your normal protein. You wont find a consistent answer as to what you should do, and as I said different people have preferences. Buy some and test them out around the time you workout, and see what you prefer. Within about an hour after you finish your workout follow with your normal protein. Or just eat normal food with protein in it after your workout.
In the end it won't make much of a difference which you choose so choose the one you enjoy and perform best on.
Here is an article with studies behind it.
Rodja also has some opinion on the usefulness of BCAAs for his endurance and cutting, hopefully he will drop by.
- 12-15-2007, 12:44 AM
Taking Bcaas will not make you "unnatural"
I take them, just for insurance purposes - sometimes my lifting and post-wo cardio take a long time, I just prefer to have a steady flow of bcaas in my system..
There are proponents for and against it, so if you're interested, pick up a tub and try it out to see if you like it.
12-15-2007, 05:57 AM
12-15-2007, 08:02 AM
Xtend tastes great to boot. Whether they are effective or not doesn't have a yes or no answer. I don't have the links to the studies, but reading some trusted sources they have posted lately about BCAA's not being all that required/useful. If you have good pre-WO and post-WO nutrition around your workout, you might not need the BCAA's at all. That being said, I like to sip on my lemonade during my workout and be sure that I'm getting my BCAA's. Does it help? I can't say for certain, but it can't hurt anything other than your pocket a little bit. The deal right now at nutraplanet is so reasonable I'm tempted to advise you why not.
Or buy a small tub of 30 servings, and compare with vs. w/out and check on your recovery.
Hope that helps somehow
12-15-2007, 08:36 AM
they've helped me with recovery significantly
12-16-2007, 07:20 PM
necessary? no, as bcaa are in whole proteins and high concentration in whey protein.
However, using them during workouts, or mega dosed throughout the day is good for recomp and strength gain (or strength maintenance on a cut).
So while they arent necessarily a staple, they are a great addition to any stack, and can certainly be a staple.
12-16-2007, 10:20 PM
Bcaa's are awesome only when your protein shake does not have lots of it in it there for needing to supplement. Mine has more than enough that I really don't need it but I still use it as it is convenient.
12-16-2007, 10:28 PM
I notice a huge difference in fullness, strength, and endurance when I use 25-30g of BCAA in addition to my normal protein consumption. Even if you do not think it is necessary to supplement with all 3 BCAAs, it is very helpful to use them, especially Leucine.
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12-17-2007, 11:51 AM
Since I don't use any other supplements or don't have a PWO shake, BCAAs would be more beneficial for me than, correct?
12-19-2007, 10:05 AM
12-19-2007, 10:10 AM
Is this the brand you are suggesting?
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12-24-2007, 02:55 PM
BCAAs are part of EAAs (essentail amino acids). In fact, they are the most anabolic EAAs. Within BCAAs, Leucine is the most anabolic. However, for BCAAs to deliver maximum results, the rest of the Essential Amino Acids must be present. So, concentrating on BCAAs alone, at the exclusion of the other EAAs is as sub-optimal as concentrating on Leucine alone, at the exclusion of other BCAAs. If you intend to use BCAAs alone, make sure you get enough of the other EAAs from your diet.Originally Posted by AM07;
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12-25-2007, 06:14 AM
I like to use 20-30grams ed when I do cardio to preserve muscle
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