Why You Need Amino Acids

What are BCAAs exactly, and do you need them? BCAAs are branch chain amino acids, and here is why they play an important role in your fitness goals. Muscles can’t grow without protein, which is composed of 20 different amino acids. That’s why they are often referred to as “the building blocks of proteins.” Responsible for the production of the body’s enzymes, amino acids aid in repair, growth, and development of muscle tissue. They also play a key role in […]

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Drop the Scoop: Rediscover Real Food

If you read enough hardcore exercise magazines and websites, you will eventually become convinced that progressing towards your fitness goals is impossible without supplementation. It’s inevitable. But once you have succumbed to the lure of protein powder, BCAAs, creatine and the likes, is it possible to quit cold turkey? I’ll be honest: I do not plan on quitting nutritional supplementation, and for a good reason. Supplements are not bad. Whey protein isolate, for example, is a great way to work […]

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What and Why: Post-Workout Nutrition

So much is made about post-workout nutrition–and for good reason. What you eat after your weight training session plays a big role in your physical transformation. Here are some things you should know to plan your post-workout meals. During exercise, your body uses glycogen for fuel. And after that heavy lifting session, glycogen stores need to be replaced and muscle tissue repaired. Ideally, you want to do this within 30 to 60 minutes of exercising in what’s often called the […]

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