Recently I added an amino acid supplement during my work out. I drink as I go through my work out. I honestly don’t know how I survived without it.
BUT before I get to my reasons why I decided to add aminos to my work out, let’s talk about what they are.
What are amino acids? Amino acids are organic compounds which contain at least one amino group (-NH2) and a carboxy (-COOH) group.
Uhhh… Dee I have no idea what you just typed… Ok-Ok! Sorry to get technical. But here’s how it works. 20% of the human body is protein, right? Protein helps build the body, and amino acids are the foundation. The term you’ll hear most often is, they are building blocks of protein.
Jim gave me this analogy, take a steak in it’s form, it fills you up. Aminos are the steak to your stomach muscle. Makes a bit more sense? Ok great! Let’s continue.
There are two basic categories: Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). I drink BCAAs, so we’ll discuss those a little bit. Oh hell Dee, now what does that all mean? Don’t panic, BCAA are are a trio of aminos (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) that help improve your work out and after.
BCAA’s metabolized in the muscle, rather than in the liver. This means that BCAA’s can be relied on as an actual energy source during exercise, and could therefore prevent premature muscle breakdown. –Ben Greenfield Fitness
But don’t be mistaken, animos are not just for working out. They have been proven to help against diabetes, osteoporosis, heart trouble, metabolic disorders, erectile dysfunction, anti-aging, and also menopausal complaints.
Jim takes aminos to keep his energy high as the workout wears on him. He also drinks them to keep hydrated, and lessen the soreness. Plus, it’s a break from drinking plain water all day long.
While I take them for the same reasons as Jim, I also have other motives; endurance, burning fat, and protecting my muscles.
The brand I buy is MusclePharm BCAA 3:1:2 in Blue Raspberry. The Watermelon is not bad either. I’ve even mixed them together and it is pretty good.
Here’s the truth about working out, you’re always sore. BUT ever since I added BCAAs to my workout, I’ve pushed harder than before. And while I am sore, I don’t feel like I am dying in the middle of my workout. I don’t feel that awful fatigue, and it takes me longer to hit the wall.
What’s your favorite amino brand? Share below.