Go Heavy With BCAAs & Glutamine

Making muscles grow bigger and stronger is a matter of breaking them down through exercise to trigger a rebuilding process known as recovery. But it's not as simple as reps and sets. Success depends on how well you fuel that physical effort and the recovery process that follows. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research compared BCAA and glutamine supplementation to a placebo in a group of experienced strength athletes.

Researchers had these weight lifters supplement for 3 weeks and continued their regimen during a week of intense whole body resistance training. The BCAA/glutamine supplemented athletes showed lower levels of the catabolic hormone cortisol and higher levels of anabolic testosterone. They also exhibited a lesser degree of muscle damage for their week of workouts.

True Strength Moment: While the whole idea of weight training is to break down muscle tissue so it can be rebuilt bigger and stronger, too much of a good thing can set back your well-intentioned efforts. Make sure you balance your physical effort with nutritional support to avoid the detrimental condition known as overtraining.
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