BCAA: What’s it all about?

What is BCAA and what does it do?

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. Commonly taken to help muscle growth and improve overall performance. They also help with weight loss and reduce muscular fatigue; perfect for those long ‘AMRAPs’ and ‘Chipper’ style workouts.

 

Is BCAA good for me?

The simple answer is yes. BCAAs accelerate recovery, reduce muscle soreness (DOMS) and can be used during exercise to reduce fatigue. They help improve the use of fat for energy (just what we want) and are well known for triggering protein synthesis.

Will they make a significant difference? No one knows. Our bodies are very different to one another; unique in it’s ways. It’s all “trial and error” until you find something that makes an obvious difference to you, so I would say try, and see if you feel a difference after one month of consistent use. If you don’t, it’s probably not worth the hassle.

Give your body a chance but be patient!

 

When should you take BCAA?

There is no ‘perfect time’ to take BCAAs. Research suggests it is probably best to take your BCAAs 15-20 minutes pre-workout or immediately post-workout. Personally, I start to slip on mine before I start training and continue to drink it throughout my session. If you train first thing in the morning, consider taking a BCAA shake prior to your session. It will give energy along with all those other great benefits too.

 

Coach Sam