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Old 07-31-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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BCAA and Glutamine

I plan to incorporate more supplements into my lifestyle and I know how vital BCAA and Glutamine can be to performance and recovery. However, this is a whole new science for me.
When is the ideal time to take these supplements? What would be an ideal amount to take? I've been told that a serving of BCAA intra-workout is the probably the smartest time but again I am still unsure.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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Re: BCAA and Glutamine

BCAA should be ingested prior to training (40 min. or so). You can do it at other times, but assuming you drink a shake or eat a protein containing meal PWO, BCAA pre-workout is the best time to take it.

For low cal dieters you can also use it if you are going to go more than 5 hours between meals.

I would also go pre-workout with glutamine if the shake/meal PWO applies.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:45 PM   #3
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Re: BCAA and Glutamine

What about taking BCAA and glutamine during a workout?
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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What about taking BCAA and glutamine during a workout?
I defer to Chris, as he's certainly the expert, but how long of a workout are you thinking about here?

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I defer to Chris, as he's certainly the expert, but how long of a workout are you thinking about here?

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Typically an hour not including warm-up and cool down. I'm committing to Glutamine post workout with my whey and carb shake. I've just been told by a nutritionist at my box that taking BCAA during a workout is really beneficial.

Also, would it be a waste to only take BCAA and glutamine on days I workout? I typically try to minimize my supplement usage. Plus I want to make sure I can make my purchases last.
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Typically an hour not including warm-up and cool down. I'm committing to Glutamine post workout with my whey and carb shake. I've just been told by a nutritionist at my box that taking BCAA during a workout is really beneficial.
I'll let Chris answer that stuff. I'll toss in though that I personally only really ever take in anything intra-workout if it's one long continuous grind of a workout ala Murph.

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Typically an hour not including warm-up and cool down. I'm committing to Glutamine post workout with my whey and carb shake. I've just been told by a nutritionist at my box that taking BCAA during a workout is really beneficial.

Also, would it be a waste to only take BCAA and glutamine on days I workout? I typically try to minimize my supplement usage. Plus I want to make sure I can make my purchases last.
The answer about during the workout really depends on what you do before in terms of supplements and food.

No, it would not be a waste to only take it on days you train. That is just fine unless you are on a low calorie diet, then you may consider it on your off days.
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For low cal dieters you can also use it if you are going to go more than 5 hours between meals.
And if training in fasted state while doing the intermittent fasting.
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The answer about during the workout really depends on what you do before in terms of supplements and food.
So if I didn't have completely efficient pre workout meal then BCAA during would be the beneficial? And I also want to take Glutamine with my Casein before bed, thoughts?
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Re: BCAA and Glutamine

I'm just going to chime in and say that I think you are overthinking it. You're just talking about different kinds of protein and amino acids (which are the building blocks of protein and are present in any good, complete protein supplement). If you are not intermittant fasting (i.e. you're not training fasted) and are getting enough protein in your diet, you are probably getting enough amino acids as it is.
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