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      03-04-2019, 02:58 PM   #1
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BCAA or not?

Hi guys, I wonder what some of you think about taking BCAA before/after workouts and how necessary is this step for someone who takes a post-workout protein shake that already contains over 4g of Glutamine and over 5g of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine?

I understand some may say, take it as a precautionary measure, BCAA’s kick in faster, why not – this stuff is comparatively cheap, etc., etc. , but really do you see any noticeable results in muscle synthesis with and without BCAA’s? To me, if I don’t have to think about another thing to take or time my BCAA intake with my empty stomach, that’s the way to go.

Also, this is not for somebody who would mix their own stuff, just looking for something simple and straightforward.
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I actually drink them as an intra shake. But I workout fasted. Do I think there needed with what you're already taking....no.

I think you would get more benefit out of mixing them up in a daily jug that you sip your water from throughout the day.

You have to stay hydrated....and a little extra protein synthesis by doing that is always a good thing.

Just my opinion though.
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I found taking them before a run I did a bit better times and FELT better when I finished. Also, same for soccer game, except that's what I wash down dinner with. I'm type-1 diabetic, so I HAVE to eat before major exercise. I have relatively few issues with eating and exercising within 30-45 minutes, at least in terms of tummy trouble.

Not so much for weight training. Have tried both pre and post, and just don't see much results differing than just normal food.
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Agree with the other comments, I honestly only take them on intense workout days and I feel it helps with soreness/fatigue the next day. But like I said that's just how I feel, hell it could be placebo for all I know. Definitely depends on the intensity of your workouts imo. Best thing you can do is just try it out see if you can notice any difference. I've tried so much shit that now I only spend money on what I know works for me, most supplements are just hooplah.
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I actually drink them as an intra shake. But I workout fasted. Do I think there needed with what you're already taking....no.

I think you would get more benefit out of mixing them up in a daily jug that you sip your water from throughout the day.

You have to stay hydrated....and a little extra protein synthesis by doing that is always a good thing.

Just my opinion though.
I drink mine during my workouts. usually i'll mix it up in a one gallon jug
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Agree with the other comments, I honestly only take them on intense workout days and I feel it helps with soreness/fatigue the next day. But like I said that's just how I feel, hell it could be placebo for all I know. Definitely depends on the intensity of your workouts imo. Best thing you can do is just try it out see if you can notice any difference. I've tried so much shit that now I only spend money on what I know works for me, most supplements are just hooplah.

That's kind of how I feel about all these pre-/during- workout drinks. I mostly do not feel much. I also LIKE being sore the next day, shows me that I had a good workout.
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That's kind of how I feel about all these pre-/during- workout drinks. I mostly do not feel much. I also LIKE being sore the next day, shows me that I had a good workout.
With ya 100%, If I wake up the next day and I'm not sore I'm usually a little dissapointed in myself thinking my workout wasn't good enough the day prior haha.
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So, if I have 2oz of bourbon after my run, would it be advisable to add a little BCAA powder?
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Bodybuilding for a little over 10 years. BCAA's are beneficial pre, during, and post. I usually have a scoop of whey OR BCAA's pre-workout. I buy the bulksupplements BCAA powder and just put a couple scoops in my water jug mixed with flavor enhancer to drink during. After my workout I usually stick to real food. It really does help especially if you have any issues with soreness or recovery
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As I said earlier....I only use as during my workout as I train fasted. Plus I use EAA'S.

Only other time is throwing a couple of scoops in a water jug that I sip on throughout the day.

Rest of the time I'm eating while foods!
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      03-17-2019, 04:40 PM   #11
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I don't know why but whenever I have introduced BCAA's into my routine I get muscle cramps and then pull muscles in my neck/back... strange I know.
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I've started taking some pre workout that has caffeine as well. I like it. My post is usually just a regular food protein and carb source but sometimes mix oats and protein after as well.
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