The Athlete's BCAA
How should you use it?
There are essentially two ways to supplement with BCAAs:
Method 1: Take them in between meals. Most meals contain at least some protein, which means they contain at least some BCAAs. Thus, after eating a protein-containing meal, your blood BCAA level rises, as does muscle protein synthesis. This is good news from a muscle-building standpoint. Eventually, however, your blood BCAA level starts to fall, as does muscle protein synthesis. The idea behind supplementing with BCAAs in between meals is to prevent this. Over time, this is believed to encourage greater gains in lean muscle and enhance recovery.
Method 2: Take them with meals. The idea behind taking BCAAs with a meal is to “maximize” muscle protein synthesis, just in case the meal itself wasn’t enough (i.e. it didn’t contain enough BCAAs) to do so.
Which method is best, 1 or 2? Both can work, though we think Method 1 makes the most sense.
Having a protein shake like Vintage Brawn™ after you lift weights helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis, and thereby promote muscle growth and recovery. Since Classic BCAA provides similar benefits, it is better suited for use in between meals, when muscle protein synthesis tends to be the lowest.
Taking BCAAs before and/or after cardio can help preserve lean muscle and enhance recovery. Keep in mind that if you’re looking to actually gain muscle, then you’ll need to be doing plenty of resistance exercise, i.e. lifting weights.
Any time you lose body fat on a calorie-reduced diet, you’re almost certain to lose muscle alongside. Taking Classic BCAA and a high-quality protein like Vintage Brawn will help you protect, and even enhance, your lean muscle while you melt off the fat on top.
Ask Us Anything
1. I get BCAAs from my protein powder, so do I really need to take a separate BCAA supplement?
2. I’m trying to cut up [i.e. lose fat, increase muscle definition]. Will Classic BCAA help?
3. If I just do cardio, is there any point in me taking BCAAs?
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I love these BCAAs. No frills with straight forward proven ingredients. Mixes with water nicely, no chunks. I use this in combination with the classic creatine and collagen after my workouts. Everything is good except the taste. It is at the same time not strong enough to mask the underlying flavor of the BCAAs or the creatine, and the watermelon taste is a little funky; but the funky-ness could be attributed to the underlying flavors of the other ingredients. Just make that watermelon flavor stronger and this is a 5 star product.
Hi Jake! Thanks for reviewing the Watermelon BCAAs! We appreciate your feedback regarding the flavor and will take that into consideration for any formula updates in the future! Keep it Old School!
Additionally, they give 40 servings when most manufacturers are cutting down to 25 or 21!!! Outstanding. I will keep buying and taking this regularly.
Very good. The best out of all the BCAA I have tried so far.
I have tried a lot of BCAA and really like the taste but more important how I feel. I'm am runner and more into long distant and this is a product I need to succeed. A Old School Labs fan!! Glad to have found you!! -Vieno Castillo
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Serving Size: 1 Scoop (7 g)
Servings Per Container: 40
Amount Per Serving
Branch-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
(Leucine 2.5 g, Isoleucine 1.25 g, Valine 1.25 g)
BioFit™ Bacillus coagulans (150 Million CFU/Serving**)
* Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Stevia Leaf Extract, Beet Juice (color).
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