Intra-workout supplements not only help with sustaining a high level of training, they also help encourage mental focus, aid in glycogen replacement and help kick start muscle recovery while you are training. During intense workouts muscles are torn down and fatigue can be a big challenge. Because resistance exercise increases changes in the rate of muscle protein turnover, the net muscle protein balance is actually negative in the early stages of workout recovery. + Read more >
Another major factor that can negatively affect your performance during your workout is the declining presence of glycogen, electrolytes, as well as essential and non-essential amino acids in your system during intense training. By using intra-workout supplements that provide a steady supply of branch chain amino acids, glutamine, beta-alanine, and electrolytes you are giving your body everything necessary to maximize your workouts. Body Energy Club’s online supplement store provides the largest selection of intra-workout supplements in Canada. From the hard core beta-alanine driven likes of Magnum Opus to milder natural alternatives like Vega Recovery, intra-workout supplements are an essential way to take both your workout and your recovery to the next level. Before starting any new supplements it is important to check with your doctor to make sure they are right for you, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications.
Beta-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that has been shown in research to increase muscular Carnosine concentrations. Carnosine is contained in both slow and fast twitch muscles fibers and is responsible for buffering the pH levels in your body. By promoting high intra-muscular Carnosine concentrations, Beta-Alanine acts as a precursor to Nitric Oxide (NO) production and works to reduce intra-muscular acidification created by intense exercise and heavy training. In simple terms this means that Beta-Alanine helps to buffer the pH levels in your muscles, preventing the acidity that occurs during exercise. A decrease in the pH balance or increase in muscular acidity leads to that muscle burn you'll experience which often prevents gains. Beta-Alanine provides the stimulus to push through this.$19.99
The Basics of Precision Mettle The Ultimate Intraworkout Optimizer* 10 g of BCAAs per serving 6 pH and pathway nutrients Fully instantized & sugar free Precision Mettle and the importance of BCAA’s What are BCAA’s? Amino acids, as you probably know are the building blocks of protein, which in turn are the building blocks of muscle. Research has revealed that certain amino acids – specifically, the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s) maintain your muscle mass and strength during times of physical stress and intense workouts, all while preventing fatigue during exercise. The BCAA’s: leucine, isoleucine and valine, are three essential amino acids. The ‘branched chain’ designation refers to their unique chemical structure. The ‘essential’ terminology indicates that your body cannot make them, so they must be obtained from the diet. The combination of these three BCAA’s makes up approximately 1/3 of skeletal muscle in the human body. What do BCAA’s inside Precision Mettle do? The BCAAs are of special importance to any nutrition program because they are not broken down in the liver but rather by-pass the liver and are transported directly to the muscle. Once in the muscle they play a significant role in transforming the body into a muscle building factory by influencing various aspects of muscle metabolism. Aside from playing an important role in protein synthesis, the BCAAs provide extra energy during heavy lifting, help spare muscle tissue and fight mental brain drain as you battle through a workout. The BCAAs unlike many other amino acids can also be used as fuel, producing energy to support your muscles during prolonged, intense exercise. How do BCAA’s in Mettle prevent muscle loss? The BCAA’s reduce protein breakdown (catabolism), by stimulating the release of insulin. Insulin we know is an anabolic hormone usually associated with building various energy molecules in the body (glycogen and triglycerides). However, research has also shown that insulin plays a very important role in preventing the breakdown of muscle following periods of physical stress, such as after weight-lifting and running, thereby preserving muscle mass. How do Precision's BCAA’s aid in muscle growth? BCAA’s and particularly leucine, have anabolic (muscle-building) abilities by influencing various signalling cascades and chemical signals that activate protein synthesis. Through phosphorlyation of mTOR (a key regulator of cell growth and protein synthesis), the BCAAs transforms the body into a muscle building machine. In simple terms, the body is switched into an anabolic state, using available amino acids to build protein and hard dense muscle. Therefore, to obtain the greatest benefit from BCAA supplements you must ensure that you are obtaining enough protein from your diet to support your increased ability to grow. How do BCAA’s in Precision Mettle aid in mental fatigue and performance? BCAA’s are known to have a positive effect on mood and mental function in endurance athletes. Although limited, research supports the idea that the BCAA’s can decrease serotonin in the brain (serotonin can cause a sense of tiredness), thereby lowering mental fatigue and keeping one mentally sharp during prolonged endurance exercise. Who should take branched chain amino acids? Bodybuilders, athletes, weekend warriors who weight train regularly, and endurance athletes who regularly compete in aerobic events such as running, cycling or swimming will all benefit from supplementing with BCAA’s. How much should I tae, when and how often? BCAA’s can be taken at anytime during the day, the most beneficial time to take BCAA’s is directly before and during training. Taking 7-10 grams before, during and after strenuous workouts will produce beneficial long-term effects in the serious bodybuilder and athlete. Precision Mettle Ingredients BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine,) in a 2:1:1 ratio to stimulate and support muscle protein synthesis and provide metabolic energy while you train. AjiPure Glutamine to promote muscle intracellular BCAA metabolism down the correct energy and protein synthesis pathways via the BCAA amino transferase enzyme. Citrulline to help facilitate rapid ATP turnover and lactate re-absorption to support higher training volumes at a given exercise intensity. CALCIUM ALPHA-KETOGLUTARATE, ZINC CITRATE and L-GLUTAMIC ACID – this trio of pathway nutrients amplifies the internal (endogenous) production of branch chain amino acids creating even greater anticatabolic activity. MAGNESIUM GLYCEROPHOSPHATE and CALCIUM GLYCEROPHOSPHATE – these pH adjusting co-factors buffer the impact of digestion and reduce gastric destruction. This allows Mettle to reach its destination Results you can expect from using Mettle include: Increased Exercise Training Volume Increased Muscle Protein Synthesis Reduced Muscle Protein Breakdown Increased Muscular Endurance Increased Energy & Endurance Capacity Improved Blood Glucose Disposal & Insulin Response Increased Power Output Increased ATP Synthesis Delayed Onset of Muscle Fatigue/Increased Time to Exhaustion Improved Recovery Improved Hydration$34.99
The new Scivation XTEND™ is the most advanced SUGAR FREE and CARBOHYDRATE FREE Intra-Workout Catalyst in the world! XTEND is scientifically formulated to maximize training intensity and promote optimal muscle protein synthesis and recovery while you train.† Proven effective in two university studies, XTEND is formulated with a precise PentActive blend of active ingredients, synergistically involved in key cellular processes to optimize muscle performance and response†: • 7000 mg of BCAAs in a research-proven ratio • 3500 mg of Leucine • 2500 mg of Glutamine • 1000 mg of Citrulline Malate • 1171 mg of Electrolytes • 640 mcg of Vitamin B6 • And, zero Carbohydrates or Sugar XTEND was recently reformulated to dramatically improve taste and ingredient solubility. XTEND is easily mixed with a spoon and provides added functionality for workouts or events under the most grueling of conditions. XTEND is available in six mouth-watering, refreshing fruit flavors to make every workout your most intense.$44.99