On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we were asked: should you take BCAAs and glutamine for both two a day workouts?
This question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 006.
@Danielleger1 on Snapchat asks: Hi Brad, Jessica, and Bruno! Here is a question for you. We take BCAAs and glutamine during our workouts. When you pull a two a day workout, we did upper body in the morning and legs in the afternoon, should you take BCCAs and glutamine for both two a day workouts? Thanks in advance.
Nice job on the two a day workouts.
Sounds like you are going beastmode!
Also, this is a great question.
First of all, let’s talk about BCAAs and glutamine.
BCAAs, also known as branch chained amino acids, is an essential amino acid that cannot be produced by the body.
This makes it essential to consume BCAAs from foods high in protein.
Check out this post where we cover if you need to supplement with BCAAs.
Glutamine is considered a non-essential amino acids as it can be produced by the body.
Both of these amino acids are important as they play a role in muscle recovery and repair.
Since BCAAs and glutamine are natural, when you supplement with them, you don’t necessarily need to worry about overdosing on them.
Of course, this is all within reason.
For example, taking 5 grams of BCAAs and 5 grams of glutamine for your first workout, then repeating that dosage for your next workout is definitely within reason.
In other words, supplementing with 10 grams of BCAAs and glutamine a day is not a lot.
So you’ll be completely fine supplementing before your two a day workouts with BCAAs and glutamine, especially since they are both lifting workouts.
However, I do recommend supplementing with a naturally flavored stevia brand or unflavored brand of BCAAs and glutamine.
Many brands of BCAAs and glutamine are sweetened with artificial sweeteners.
Therefore you should limit your consumption of those artificially sweetened brands.
Here is a unflavored brand of BCAAs that we recommend.
You mentioned your two a day workouts are comprised of two lifting workouts.
A more common way of doing two a day workouts is one lifting workout and one cardio workout.
If this was the case, and you could only choose to supplement for one workout, it would be more beneficial to take BCAAs and glutamine for your lifting session.
Ultimately it really depends on your goals, your lifestyle, and your diet.
BCAAs and glutamine are amino acids naturally found in many foods high in protein.
So if you already eat a lot of protein, you may not need them as much.
Also, don’t forget you’re getting BCAAs and glutamine in your post workout protein shake.
Therefore supplementing is not mandatory, but it doesn’t hurt either.
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