Should my Pre-Workout Have BCAAs?
There are so many versions of pre-workouts on the market, one can often get lost sorting through brands rather than eliminating by label. Even worse, if you’re not a big researcher, you just rely on what “Tommy from the Gym told you”. Tommy isn’t always right. In fact, sometimes, some Tommys can be all brawn, no brains.
Don’t rely on Tommy.
With a bit of education you can glance at a label and determine within a few seconds whether or not that preworkout is right for you rather than rely on Tommy from the Gym. Sorry Tommy.
If you’re not quite skilled in that area, we can help you there curious soul. Start your search simply by looking at the label to see if that pre-workout has BCAAs. If not? Move onto the next.
Why? Prepare yourself. We’re about to fill your mind to the brim with some sexy education. Ohhhh yeah.
The most sought after benefit of a pre-workout is usually the pump. The ‘pump’ gets people motivated, with blood flowing and earbuds rocking, it’s hard to go light on a workout while pumped up.
#PUMPEDUP #PUMPEDTOTHEMAX #OMGPUMP #PUMPPUMPPUMP
Pumped yet? You will be.
But what gives you that pump? Well, arginine and citrulline are the big players in the pump game.
Pre-Workout Supplements: Arginine and Citrulline
L-arginine creates ‘pump’, because it is a vasodilator. It opens up blood vessels, relaxes arteries and increases blood flow.
When ingested, arginine converts to nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide relaxes the walls of blood vessels, causes arteries to become more elastic and enhances circulation. This surge in circulation is what is often referred to as that “PUMP.”
Citrulline, an amino acid, is a byproduct of the nitric oxide production cycle. Then, get this-when consumed it converts into L-arginine in the kidneys. So citrulline is created during the NO cycle and then re-enters it through conversion. Whaaat?
You may be asking yourself, then why supplement with citrulline or why supplement with arginine….Shouldn’t it be one or the other if they both do the same thing?
Not really, L-arginine supplementation boosts arginine plasma levels while citrulline extends the life of those plasma levels. So they work together while adding different benefits to the body.
What does this really have to do with BCAAs, MaxQ?
Well, take that pump you feel and turn it into a verb. Because that’s what these aminos do-they pump stuff.
A major benefit of the two aminos we mentioned above is that they prepare your body to accept superior delivery of nutrients. So any additional aminos or minerals your pre-workout has, they will be delivered more quickly and effectively through wider blood vessels by faster moving blood.
Pre-Workout Supplements with BCAAs
So, should you have BCAAs in your pre-workout? HELL YEAH.
If your pre-workout has citrulline and arginine, you know that while the blood vessels are expanded and blood to muscles increases, BCAAs are in the flow to feed and nourish those muscles and help build muscle DURING training.
Your muscles are begging for nourishment. Don’t you want to feed those muscles DURING training so they can grow?
Some people, like Tommy from the Gym, buy BCAAs separately, some take them after workouts, but why waste the money and lose out on the window of opportunity?
If your blood vessels are dilated and your blood is flowing, you should be maximizing the opportunity for delivery of BCAAs directly to your muscles during training-while saving some money. We all know buying all these ingredients separately can be costly. Why should you supplement your supplement?
Timing is important, too. BCAAs leucine, isoleucine and valine are muscle building aminos. While you’re breaking down and rebuilding muscle tissue, having efficient delivery of muscle building BCAAs creates an optimal environment for building more muscle, faster.
There you have it. A bit of science, a bit of logic and a bit of info to help you make the best choice on whether you need a pre-workout with BCAAs.
Even if you aren’t a big label reader, now you how to properly vet your pre-workouts. Look for arginine, citrulline and BCAAs. If they are dosed properly, you just raised the bar on your muscle building game. And on Tommy. Go you.
Learn more about BCAAs here.