(A few of the amino products on the market)
With the advancement of technology in nutrition and knowing better how the body works it is imperative that maximizing nutrition, with weight training supplements, is done in conjunction with a productive weight training program. I often ask fellow gym rats, ‘what supplements do you use’? I would often hear, ‘oh I only eat food’ or ‘I don’t need to take anything’. Those statements couldn’t be any further from the truth. We never get the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals from our diets, doesn’t matter how well we think we may eat. This fact is truer today than 50 years ago as so much of what we ingest is genetically modified, therefore devoid of much nutrition. I’ll begin by stating what I take, and recommend to others, before my training sessions. I personally like to supplement with Leucine, L-Carnitine, and Creatine before my workouts. There are times where I would alternate and use BCAA’s in lieu of Leucine.
My Leucine intake would be about 5 grams, my Creatine intake about 5 grams. When I first commenced weight training I would religiously purchase those whey protein powders. It was only after I started taking amino acids I realized a better bodily response. My muscles were denser and I recovered faster. One of the reasons for a better bodily response is that amino acids are assimilated into the bloodstream faster. Protein is broken down into various amino acids therefore the process of assimilation takes longer and the level of amino acids ingested would be considerably lower than ingesting pure amino acids solely. Using double the recommended dose a therapeutic effect was elicited. Just recently I was listening to the late Leroy Colbert who, no coincidence, advocated using more than the recommended dosages on various supplements as well. Seems like great minds do really think alike. There’s nothing like experience therefore knowing how to properly use supplements over time is surely an asset. Of course understanding the science behind the supplementation is an asset as well. It’s one thing to read scientific journals on the effectiveness of supplements, it’s another to experience that effectiveness. Both researching and practical experience is a double asset. Barring any pre-existing medical conditions that may prohibit one from using amino acids I highly recommend them, on an empty stomach, 15-30 minutes before training.