Tag: BCAA

Hypertrophy Recovery

My recovery strategy for maximum gains

Training hard does a lot of damage to you body, so the more you push it in the gym, the greater your need to ensure you recover faster, says Ben Pakulski Ben Pakulski is a IFBB Pro bodybuilder and creator of the Mi40 Nation website. He is based in Tampa, Florida. Iron Insights Damage control You need to fully appreciate the amount of damage you do to your body during a hard training session and then take the time to find the best ways to fix this damage. If not, you will never grow as quickly as you could and…

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Supps

Is excessive BCAA use harming your health?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company Gore BioScience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine together make up the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). In total they comprise 30% of the body’s total muscle protein. The fitness industry, athletes and bodybuilders have long used BCAAs for many of the following perceived benefits: increased protein synthesis; increased muscular hypertrophy; improved exercise recovery; increased muscle endurance; improved glucose disposal; increased energy; and increased gluconeogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which glucose…

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Supps

How do you know what’s in your supps?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. The dietary supplement industry is big business. In 2013 it was worth an estimated $104bn, according to the Nutrition Business Journal Report, with expected annual growth of 6%. There are approximately 29,000 dietary supplements currently on the market, which were made up of more than 600 supplement ingredients. So it may come as a surprise that for such a huge and growing industry, dietary supplements remains a largely unregulated business. When compared to highly-regulated markets, such as clinical drugs, the quality control of…

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Supps

Pre-workout supps for size and strength

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Pre-workout supplementation should be key component of your nutritional plan, whether you are training for strength or body composition, because what you take pre-workout may have a large impact on performance, recovery and ultimately how quickly you can get to where you want to be. Here’s what the latest research suggests you take before your workout to maximise performance and recovery to build bigger muscles faster. Carbohydrates: 35g Resistance training elevates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) levels within the body, which switches on…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

How I built a brand new body

As the editor of IronLife, I bet I know more about the right ways to train, eat and recover than the average commercial gym personal trainer. But that’s only because I have been lucky enough to regularly speak to some of the smartest and brightest minds in the fields of training and nutrition who contribute to IronLife. I have no formal fitness or nutrition qualifications and I am a journalist first and foremost. My biggest strength is listening, not lifting. My natural habitat is a bar, not under one. And that’s the main reason how I found myself in the…

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The BCAA breakdown

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Leucine, isoleucine and valine are three essential amino acids collectively known as branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs. BCAAs cannot be synthesised by your body, so they must therefore be consumed from the diet. It is estimated that the three branched chain amino acids make up approximately 33% of all the amino acids in the body. A great proportion of these three amino acids found in skeletal muscle, where they act as both structural elements and play regulatory roles in muscle protein synthesis,…

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Nutrition Supps

Why you should wait for your shake

Taking some time after your session before drinking a protein shake or eating a meal will allow your muscles to recover faster, says Mike Mahler Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher and supplement designer. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Iron Insights Take your time What you eat after a workout is hugely important because it initiates the restoration phase of recovery, but eating minutes after your session ends is a big mistake because the enzymes that are produced to quell inflammation get diverted to the stomach to help break down food. Maximise growth hormone Waiting 30 to…

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Fat Loss

When should cardio be fed or fasted?

Intensive and steady-state cardio can both help burn fat, but you need to stay sufficiently fuelled to not affect muscle mass growth, says Kassem Hanson Kassem Hanson is an elite contest prep coach, and trainer of IFBB pro Ben Pakulski. He is based in West Des Moines, Iowa. Iron Insights Feed the machine If you carry a lot of muscle or maintaining muscle mass is your primary goal, then high-intensity cardio sessions should be done fed to prevent your body breaking down muscle tissue. The right fuel High-intensity cardio in a fasted state is extremely catabolic, so some BCAAs or…

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Is beta-alanine a waste of your money?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. What is beta-alanine? Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, but it’s different to alanine because it is not a proteinogenic amino acid, which means it does not synthesize protein molecules. Beta-alanine’s key role is that it acts as the rate-limiting precursor of carnosine, with carnosine levels being shown to be directly correlated to the amount of available beta-alanine in the body. This is significant because higher carnosine levels positively impacts exercise performance, specifically because carnisine has a modulating effect upon the accumulation…

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Fat Loss Supps

Carnitine and fat-burning fiction

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Carnitine is a derivative of the amino acids lysine and methionine and is found in highest concentrations in red meat, with 100g containing approximately 95mg. Increased intake has been proposed to increase fat oxidation, delay muscle glycogen depletion, and increase endurance exercise performance[1,2]. The primary function of carnitine is to act as a co-factor in the enzymatic system involved in conjugating fatty acids for transport for mitochondrial beta-oxidation[3,4]. In layman terms this simply means it transports fat to cells where it can…

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