8: Combine BCAA’s, beta-alanine, betaine, creatine before AND after every workout
Branched chain amino acids are critical to have during and after workouts due to their ability to turn on muscle protein synthesis, much like a key turns on an engine. It’s leucine that is the key player here. But when you take BCAA’s before a workout, the real benefit is the energy they provide your muscles and their ability to blunt fatigue, so you can train with greater intensity for longer. When you take a dose after workouts, the benefit is their ability to promote muscle growth.
Another amino acid you want to get in before and after every workout is beta-alanine. The research on this special amino acid is really piling up in its favor as there are more and more studies proving its ability to promote better workouts by increasing muscle strength and power, endurance, and even muscle growth and fat loss. You can find the patented form of beta-alanine (Carnosyn®) in PRE-GRO MAX. Taking two servings of PRE-GRO MAX will deliver ample amounts of this critical ingredient.
Second, one of the more critical supplements to take before and after workouts is creatine. Creatine literally has hundreds of studies supporting its ability to promote increased muscle strength, power, and size. Again PRE-GRO MAX delivers research proven doses of creatine monohydrate (MonoCre™) and creatine magnesium chelate (Creatine Magna Power™) to help maximize your results.
Most people only consider boosting blood flow before and during the workout for greater energy and bigger muscle pumps. But having more blood flow going to the muscles after a workout aids recovery because more blood flow delivers more oxygen, nutrients, and hormones (like testosterone and growth hormone). More oxygen is important because after workouts your body is in a state known as oxygen debt. That means it needs more oxygen to replenish ATP and phosphocreatine stores to name just a few things it is needed for. More nutrients means that more of those aminos, creatine, and glucose are getting to the muscles for better replenishment, recovery, and muscle growth. More anabolic hormones can stimulate greater muscle protein synthesis, for greater muscle growth. When you have more blood flowing to muscles, you also have more blood flowing away from muscles. This aids recovery by removing more of the waste products that were produced during the workout.
When it comes to the BCAA’s, for pre-workout benefits, we suggest you stick with a BCAA product that uses a 2:1:1 ratio of leucine: isoleucine: valine like that found in AMINO-GRO. This is because during workouts you also want ample amounts of valine and isoleucine for increased energy levels and decreased fatigue. After workouts, a 2:1:1 product works well again to deliver leucine to trigger muscle protein synthesis yet still get enough isoleucine and valine.