When you want to step up your game in your training sessions and your overall physique goals, your going to need extra fuel and LOTS of it! Including aminos and other critical nutrients is by far one of the best ways to accomplish this and satisfy your physique improving goals. To avoid catabolism or the process of breaking down muscle in basic terms! 😉 And keeping your body in an anabolic state (muscle building), consider these viable options of supplements to assist with that.
BCAA’s prevent muscle breakdown and stimulate the protein synthesis phase or aka: the process of repairing and building muscle. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are based in a category of three aminos which include leucine, isoleucine and valine. This group is metabolized very differently than many of the other essential and non-essential based aminos. BCAA’s bypass your liver and are directly metabolized in your muscle tissue for growth and repair. The term metabolized directly inadvertently means that they directly provide fuel for the muscle-building process. Two big benefits that you receive from them are their ability to fuel workouts when they’re taken before training and on another note, their ability to help you recover as well.
Citrulline boosts nitric oxide levels for better workout sessions and recovery! Also a killer addition to a heavy deadlift workout day! Nitric oxide is a molecule that is main effect is to allow your blood vessels to relax so that more blood, oxygen & critical nutrients can flow throughout your system more freely to reach your muscle tissue. One of the most popular ways of maximizing NO levels is to include the supplement with the amino acid arginine or L-arginine which gets readily converted to NO. However, recent research has indicated that taking citrulline, which converts to arginine may be an even more effective way to increase NO level production. Citrulline also aids in preventing muscle fatigue while your training by removing ammonia or lactic acid from your body. Critical? I think Yes!
What does taurine do? Taurine reduces muscle fatigue and supports muscle cell size. Better endurance and bigger muscles to put it to you straight! When you weight train, both taurine and strength levels tend to drop as your workout progresses. By adding taurine, it will help increase muscular endurance as it reduces the oxidative stress that is typically associated with intense workouts. Taurines effectiveness kicks in by reducing the levels of lactic acid that accumulates in your muscles as you train. What is lactic acid? Pick up a barbell or dumbbell and curl as many times as you can. Feel a burn? There you go! Lactic acid has just filled up preventing you from going further. However if you are tough like me, you would continue until your arm falls off! =)
To cap this off, it allows your muscles to contract more quickly and forcefully, which equals longer & harder workouts or deadlift workouts for that matter.
Vitamin D supports health and boosts testosterone levels. If Vitamin D wasn’t talked about enough and praised by Dr. OZ I believe, it has more than just health properties. Recent research has shown a variety of benefits that with including vitamin D in your supplementation. Two of the most important ones include increased strength and higher testosterone. Vitamin D is derived from cholesterol (no, not the bacon) and it readily gets converted to a hormone 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (Try saying that 3 times fast) that binds to muscle cell membranes, boosting your muscles cells’ ability to contract and synthesize protein. Those with vitamin D deficiency often suffer health consequences that include lower testosterone levels (think of low-T commercial.) Supplementing with the cholecalciferol (again, say that 5 times as fast) form of vitamin D may help to overcome this condition. Either that or you can call the number on that low-t commercial and get 30 times the side-effects of vitamin D by taking their stuff.
To maximize muscle building over a specific training phase, you need to give your body what it needs for intense training recovery. BSN’s AminoX was formulated with this in mind, and each dose delivers 10 total grams of the aminos on our list and 500 IU of vitamin D. AminoX uses an effervescent delivery system so these nutrients hit your system quickly. Take AminoX for a three-to 12 week training phase, then cycle off for four weeks.
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