Taking advantage of proper supplementation during the intra-workout window can produce very desirable effects for any weight training regimen. Without intra-workout supplementation, your muscles quickly deplete amino acid, carbohydrate, and mineral reserves. This not only reduces your power and energy in the gym, but completely devastates your muscle gains due to ‘building block’ depletion. Such a state of depletion and compromised gains is unacceptable for any bodybuilder, and here you will learn why BCAA supplements are important as well as which BCAA are the best available.
During the day, your basal metabolism readily burns fats and carbs in standard cellular respiration. But did you know that throughout the day, amino acids are metabolized as well? This process increases in times of physical exercise, prompting the risk of depleting your amino acids through both metabolism and muscle repair/growth.
Amino Acids in Intra Workout Supplements
A surplus of amino acids during and after exercise is critical to both muscle repair and growth. As you lift weights, the amount of amino acids metabolized increases to meet energy needs. In addition, amino acids are called to action for muscle repair. More so, in order for this call to action to not only repair muscle, but build more of it – there must be enough amino acids present to construct the tissue, as well as genetically ‘signal’ muscle growth to occur (See Anabolic Amino Acids List for details). In times of low amino acid concentration, none of these processes will occur and you will not build muscle or strength.
The Deal on BCAA Workout Supplements
Good intra-workout supplements contain some if not all of the to-be discussed ingredients: Amino acids, carbs, and co-enzymes. If you are the type of bodybuilder that sees himself making huge improvements in the future, then adding BCAA supplementation to your workout routine is advised. With a quality amino acid rich intra workout supplement, you will gain, repair, and even perform better. I personally challenge you to test this: when you get your BCAA supplement, take only half of your pre workout and add in half a serving of this BCAA. Then, put the second half of the BCAA serving into your water bottle while you lift. As long as you are motivated and not having a bad day – you will have an amazing workout and should last much longer than normal.
Best BCAA Workout Supplements 2015
#1 Aminolytes – Best Intra Workout Supplement
Beast Sports Nutrition combines all of the necessary intra-workout ingredients in true clinical doses to provide the best during workout supplement available. Aminolytes contains a total of 10 grams of amino acids, including the anabolic state activating amino acid Leucine. In addition, key electrolytes and co-enzymes are included to ensure peak synthesis.
- 10 grams of amino acids for muscle growth
- Electrolytes and Co-enzymes for endurance
- Award winning formula
- Best intra-workout supplement
#2 Scivation Xtend BCAA with Carbs
Scivation Xtend contains over 10 grams of anabolic amino acids as well as 25 grams of slow digesting carbohydrates. In this specific ratio, both endurance and muscle growth is promoted. The carbohydrates provided in Xtend stimulate a modest insulin release, which triggers efficient amino acid uptake in muscle cells without inhibiting growth. Combine this intra workout supplement with any workout day to last longer than before.
- Over 10 grams amino acids
- 25 grams slow digesting carbs
- Muscle Builder
#3 Gaspari AminoLast
Aminolast is another fantastic tasting BCAA supplement that also backs itself up with great results. This carb and synthetic coloring free intra workout supplement has 2.5 grams of L-leucine per serving as well as 10 grams of BCAAs overall. When we took Aminolast, we felt it; both in the gym and afterwards while we recovered. Expect to have increased endurance while you lift as well as a noticeable anabolic switch which may make you hungrier between lifts.
- Over 10 grams amino acids
- Great Tasting
- Aminoject Technology
- Great Runner Up
#4 Anabolic State BCAA Supplement
Like Gaspari’s Aminolast, Anabolic State was a pleasure to take. Anabolic State is another 10 gram per serving formula, however they do not tell us the exact BCAA ratio. But, on the plus side Anabolic state does include HICA, a metabolite of Leucine which is highly anabolic. In terms of building muscle, we would compare dosing leucine to that of taking a test booster in terms of muscle building potential. Combine them and that’s a whole other story! In all, anabolic state is a value when it is on sale. Otherwise, we love going with the supplements above.
- Contains Anabolic HICA
- 10 Grams BCAA per Serving
- Perfect When on Sale
- 1 Carb, 4 Calories
#5 ErgoChain Branch Chain Amino Acid Supplement
ErgoChain is a highly affordable and great tasting BCAA supplement that can be taken pre-workout, post-workout, or intra-workout. Coming in 4 delicious flavors, this is definitely the type of supplement that you can sip on without getting over-thrown by strange tastes or over powering presence (similarly, #1-4 taste pretty good too but ErgoChain is special). The serving size for ErgoChain gives you 5 grams of BCAAs. We recommend double dosing to get up to 10 grams either at once or throughout the day. 5 grams pre workout and another 5 grams intra or post workout is perfect!
- 5 grams per serving
- #1 in Taste
- Typically on Sale
- Brand New to 2015
#6 Gaspari Size-On Bulking Intra Workout
Gaspari’s Size-On is the perfect intra-workout supplement for guys not keen on dishing out their own macro’s throughout the day regarding creatine and amino acids. Size-on is the ideal mass-gaining supplement to take while you are in the gym. Where the previous intra-workouts are refined and focused on lean muscle gains – size-on is focused on weight gain replenishing the athlete with carbs, protein, creatine… The whole deal.
- Over 7 grams isolated protein
- Slow digesting carbs
- Electrolytes and creatine
- Mass gainer intra workout
Intra Workout Carbohydrates
Taking carbohydrates correctly during your workout can increase your training length and intensity as well as aid the muscle growth process. However, improper carbohydrate consumption during exercise can also do damage to gains. This is sensitive to the release of insulin that carbohydrate consumption triggers; too much insulin, and you’re not building muscle; not enough carbohydrates, and amino acids are your only energy source causing amino depletion. The solution to this paradox is slow digesting carbohydrates. As the name implies, they release at a rate low enough to meet your metabolic needs while avoiding a strong insulin response.
#7 Omega Sports Strive Ultra Pure BCAA Supplement
This brand new intra workout supplement gives us an hour long science hard on. That’s because the guys over at Omega Sports didn’t just put in the time to scientifically determine the most effective BCAAs and ratios, but they made the massive commitment to provide them in their pure, natural states. Now, here is where you are thinking: “yeah, isn’t that one of the norms for all supplement companies?” Our simple answer is NO! See, at the end of the day it all boils down to money. And the effective supplements that you read incredible clinical trials about are often at a different quality grade than what you actually buy. This is where Omega Sports bites the bullet and makes a risky business decision. That’s because they have opted to provide the purest, most expensive amino acids in their intra workout supplement. The result of that is a slightly higher price, but compare that to the competitions prices and then multiply by the end game results and you will realize that Omega Sports Strive is the only option. Important note – until more of our bodybuilders submit their reviews of this supplement, it will be placed at the #6 position. In a few months, we anticipate that this intra workout may overtake the top rated position.
- High Grade Ultra-Pure Amino Acids
- Casein Hydrolysates
- Endurance and Hydration Blends
- Newly Listed
#8 DS Splyce Intra Workout AAs
Let us remind you that the 5th place on this list is still extremely respectable and ranks in a quality intra workout supplement. That supplement, Splyce is a potent 10 gram amino acid focused intra workout supplement that we’ve had the pleasure of using multiple times. The stuff tastes great and we were able to get great results taking it under multiple conditions – such as half a serving pre workout and the rest during, a full serving post workout, and even a full serving while on the road in-between meals. I would class this intra workout most similarly to #4 strive and #1 Aminolytes. By far, these types of amino acid based supplements are my absolute favorites. They help fuel workouts, ramp up intensity, and most important of all – aid in building lean hard muscle big time.
Splyce Quick Description
- Excellent tasting intra workout
- Proven muscle building potential
- Improves endurance and explosiveness
- Solid amino acid profile
#9 All Max Nutrition’s AminoCore
Lastly on this list we have Amino Core by AllMax Nutrition. We have Amino Core a try largely because it is available in a large 111 serving jog, making it the only bulk intra workout supplement we’ve seen. After further review though taking Amino Core was more laboring in comparison to its higher ranking BCAA supplement counterparts. First off, we tested their ‘key lime cherry’ flavor which was intensely overwhelming.
Normally, we do not complain about taste… It really doesn’t matter. But this was just plain strong. From there, it was business as usual. We did have good recovery while taking Amino Core, and that’s why it made it to the list. Based on this, if you do not care a thing about taste and need the ultimate value BCAA, then Amino Cores bulk 111 serving option may be for you.
Intra Workout Vitamins and Minerals (co-enzymes)
Often unnoticed, vitamins and minerals play an important role in performance and muscle growth. These effects can be specifically noted in times of vitamin and mineral depletion, which hinders the entire process of bodybuilding. Receiving an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals during exercise supplies your body with the co-enzymes it needs to fulfill metabolism and muscle growth at peak performance. Unless you are taking a quality multivitamin workout supplement, consider intra workout amino acid supplements with added vitamins and minerals.
Now Get Back To The Gym Stronger
This list isn’t complete yet! Just know that we are working to find additional supplements worthy of ranking in as one of the best intra workout BCAA supplements. If you have any suggestions, please let us know – with detail. When we rank supplements like this we go off of as many personal reviews as possible so your favorite may already be collecting tallies on our end.
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