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Beta-Alanine: Lactic Acid’s Nemesis!

August 13th, 2015

You know that burning feeling you experience when doing lactate rides? Well true to their name, lactate rides cause an increase in the body’s lactic acid and hydrogen levels, dropping the body’s pH, making your muscle cells more acidic. This results is a distinctive muscle soreness which can inhibit the muscle cells from contracting, causing fatigue. Any time you perform high intensity anaerobic bursts you are bound to get that familiar ache in your muscles. Thats where the amino acid Beta Alanine can help! To help the body buffer the hydrogen molecules and lactic acid building up in the muscle cell during exercise, the body requires the buffering abilities of Carnosine. Carnosine is able to buffer lactic acid, restore ATP (the body’s number one energy source) and activate enzymes responsible for muscle contractions. Beta-Alanine supplementation has been found to help the body synthesize Carnosine and ultimately increase its cellular stores. But what does this mean for athletes? From a performance standpoint, by supplementing our cells with Beta-Alanine we can increase our ability to buffer lactic acid ultimately increasing our time to fatigue during high intensity exercise.

Since hockey is an anaerobic sport, Beta-Alanine supplementation can have a huge impact in helping with recovery from high intensity, short shifts on the ice. Along with helping to buffer lactic acid, Beta-Alanine has been found to help with muscle recovery, healing and recovery of muscle contraction capabilities. This can have a huge impact in helping your recovery between shifts in a game.

The recommended dosage of Beta Alanine is to mix 1 teaspoon (3.2g) into your pre workout, juice or water twice daily to help increase your storage levels of Carnosine. Combining your Beta-Alanine with carbohydrates and taking during your pre-workout window have been suggested to allow more of the supplement to penetrate the muscle cell.

Do you want to recover quicker and last longer? Talk to Barry about adding Beta-Alanine into your in-season routine!

MusclePrime: Priming your Workouts!

August 6th, 2015

MusclePrime is a pre-workout supplement taken to enhance your training session by increasing neural drive, energy, focus, and stamina. MusclePrime is composed of a specially formulated ratio of BCAAs to increase muscle synthesis and decrease muscle breakdown, also known as catabolism, during and after your workouts. The inclusion of a growth hormone factor in MusclePrime has been proven to show increases in your body’s natural growth hormone by 701% post exercise, which has been scientifically linked to increased  muscle growth and  decreased body fat. Taking MusclePrime has also been shown to improve focus and power during workouts without overworking your body’s filtration system.  Using Allmax’s exclusive blend of caffeine, synephrine, and octopamine, MusclePrime is able to ignite the nervous system without forcing your filtrating kidneys into overdrive.

MusclePrime also contains 600 mg of CarnoSyn Beta- Alanine. CaroSyn is a key factor in promoting increased power, strength and muscle mass, which help to delay fatigue. This in turn helps in maintaining your anaerobic and aerobic capacity resulting in longer a training duration and a great capacity for exercise induced stress.

Optimal dosage is mixing 1 scoop of MusclePrime with 4-6oz of water and drink before your workouts.

Talk to Barry to see if MusclePrime should be added to your pre-workout regime!

CarbION: Your carb recovery kick starter!

July 30th, 2015

Offseason training is a grind that diminishes your body of important macronutrients, especially carbs. Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient that provide the body with glucose. Glucose is then converted into glycogen, which is the energy source the body utilizes to fuel basic bodily functions and physical activity. Carbohydrates are the most effective and readily available fuel that your body can use during prolonged bouts of physical activity, so it is of paramount importance to replenish your glycogen stores following exercise induced depletion.

So, how should we replenish these much needed nutrients?

CarbION is a recovery enhancing supplement made up of a six-carb source complex which range from extremely complex to simple carbohydrates, used to help replenish nutrients lost through training. The problem with simple carbs is that they breakdown quickly, causing your blood sugar levels to spike and then drastically drop. CarbION is specially formulated, using six different complex carbohydrates that have a variety of absorption rates to aid in reducing insulin spikes ultimately resulting in a sustainable and reliable energy source. CarbION contains a mix of complex and simple carbs that breakdown at different rates to keep you fuelled. This sustainable energy source will provide a steady carb supply to working muscles, help reduce muscle glycogen depletion, and fuel recovery from tough workouts.

Beneficial dosages of CarbION come from supplementation before and during training. Mix 2 scoops of CarbION with 1 scoop of BCAAs 30mins prior to training and continue drinking 1-2 scoops worth of CarbION during your workout.

CarbION isn’t for every athlete so, talk to Barry to find out if CarbION should be in your routine!

Glutamine: Your immune system super booster!

July 24th, 2015

Who doesn’t hate getting sick? Due to the effect intense training has on the immune system, elite athletes tend to get sick more often. Did you know Glutamine supplementation can actually help your compromised immune system?

Glutamine refers to an essential amino acid that the body is capable of producing on its own. However, under times of stress such as muscular trauma and illness, stored glutamine levels can drop by as much as 50%. Glutamine is the primary fuel source for the immune system to fight invading micro-organisms. Since the immune system is necessary to help the body recover from stress, glutamine plays a role in helping the body recover from intense training by “normalizing human growth hormone levels (hGH), promoting glucose uptake into the muscles, enhancing the hydrated state of the muscle, and reducing the acid buildup within the muscle.” In regards to dosage, there has been multiple suggestions from different sources. There has been no studies showing an upper limit to supplementation but the most common recommended dosage ranges from 20-30 grams per day to increase and maintain a constant blood concentration. Helping boost your immune system is as simple as a spoonful in your shake. As Barry if Glutamine should be in your shaker today!

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Branched Chain Amino Acids: Your Body’s Muscle Saver!

July 16th, 2015

BCAAS, or Branched-chain amino acids refer to a combination of three essential amino acids; Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, which are the building blocks for protein synthesis and ultimately muscle tissue. But first of all, what actually is an amino acid? Amino acids are the organic compounds that combine to create different forms of proteins in the body. There are two types of amino acids; essential and non-essential. The major difference between the two being that essential amino acids can not be synthesized by the body and therefore must be provided to the body through the food that we eat. Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized within the body and therefore additional supplementation is not always needed. Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are all essential amino acids and therefore their supplementation from external sources is paramount, especially for athletes, who break down muscle tissue with each workout. The combination of these three essential amino acids help to repair damaged tissue, promote normal cell growth and protein synthesis. The goal of BCAA supplementation is to provide the body with enough free amino acids, so that muscle cells do not have to be broken down to support the body’s demand during training.

Research studies have also found that BCAA’s help diminish the effect of DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, from muscle cell breakdown caused from hard training.

Average recommended dosages of Branched Chain Amino Acids range from 20-30g per day and should be included in your pre and during workout shakes. By keeping a consistent baseline dosage of free BCAA’s in your bloodstream, you help prevent your body from needing to breakdown muscle cells to access stored amino acids.

Allmax’s Aminocore is an informed choice product and comes in several great tasting flavours. For getting the most out of the summer’s toughest workouts, BCAAs are a shaker bottle essential!

ZMA: Boosting Testosterone the Natural Way!

July 9th, 2015

ZMA is a dietary supplement that contains a blend of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6, all crucial minerals in daily bodily functions. For athletes, ZMA has been found to help replenish vital nutrients drained from the body by training. Research has found that ZMA supplementation before bed, can help with more restful sleep, aiding in faster recovery. Magnesium and zinc deficiencies have been found to have an adverse effect on muscle growth, and training stress has been found to lead to mineral and vitamin loss. Adding ZMA into your nutrition program can help aid in your sleep recovery and has also been found to have a positive influence on testosterone production in the body. ZMA acts as a natural free testosterone booster in the body, making it a safe supplement for high level, elite athletes. Although, you are better off not drinking alcohol in the first place, if you absolutely must drink, ZMA supplementation is crucial. Alcohol depletes your body’s stores of Vitamin B as well as destroys your liver enzymes. ZMA can help recover some of the nutrients lost to help save your next week of training. While ZMA can’t erase the harmful effects of drinking, it can help your body recover.

Talk to Barry to see if ZMA is right for you!

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