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BCAAs - The Basics

November 14, 2014

BCAA's ... Everybody has heard of them, most people that regularly train at the gym have probably used them, but do we really know what they are, or what they do? Here’s a little insight into BCAA's and how best to use them to your advantage in the gym.

What does BCAA stand for?

BCAA, stands for branched chain amino acids. The BCAAs are L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine

BCAAs in brief 

Your muscles can be very easily depleted of BCAAs by the very exercises we perform to build them up. Not having enough BCAAs present in the muscles whilst training with weights in the gym will cause a fast build up of lactic acid in the muscles causing the muscle to fail and become exhausted quicker. When resistance training continues for too long in this state, the muscles can also go into a 'catabolic' or muscle wastage state.

This is why BCAAs should be a staple supplement for everybody who trains or completes any form of strenuous physical activity. Supplementing with BCAAs will assist in increased muscle recovery, which may also lead to less muscular pain post-training.  

When to use BCAAs 

The best time for you to use your BCAA's is as soon as you start your session; whether you are lifting weights, running, completing a circuit, boxing class etc. Sip on your BCAAs throughout your session in a big water bottle or shaker. Aim for at least 1 litre per hour of training at a bare minimum.

Using your BCAA's like this will not only make sure your muscles have more energy throughout your workout but they will prime your body to uptake the nutrients at a rapid rate from your post workout shake or meal. 


Looking for your go-to BCAA? I recommend Amino IV by PES. Check out Amino IV here.