Once you’ve decided to commit to a regular weight lifting programme, you need to get your nutrition and supplements in line.
I’ve recently started taking BCAA’s and have noticed a huge improvement in my muscle recovery, so thought I’d share this with you lovelies!
What are BCAA’s?
BCAA’s (Branch-Chained Amino Acids) can help to promote muscle growth and repair, as well as reducing muscle soreness after a workout. Your body relies on 3 different amino acids when working out and it can’t re-generate them by itself. It relies on your diet to replenish the amino acids it’s used. Whilst you can get these amino acids from your food, BCAA’s are more beneficial because they go straight into your bloodstream, bypassing your liver and your stomach.
Are BCAA’s for me?
Whether or not you should take BCAA’s depends on your performance goals and the type of exercise you do.
If your performance goals are to increase muscle mass for example, and you are already reaching your daily protein goals through your diet and protein shakes, you may find that BCAA’s don’t do a whole lot for you.
However, BCAA’s can help to reduce muscle soreness and your recovery time. Your body also breaks down BCAA’s to use as an energy source, meaning that you can get back to that weight rack and smash out those workouts to your full potential every time with consistent intensity.
When should I take BCAA’s?
BCAA’s can be taken at any time of the day, but the most effective time is around your workouts. You can add them to your pre or post workout supplements or take them with water during your workout.
Every one of us is wonderfully different, so it’s worth having a chat with your personal trainer or an instructor at your gym before making any drastic changes to your diet!