The right intra-workout product feeds and builds muscle and boosts endurance and strength during a hard training session.
After your intense workout, a well-formulated intra-workout supplement can also:
- Stimulate muscle protein synthesis
- Reduce muscle soreness and stiffness
- Help speed up recovery.
Incorporating an intra-workout into your daily supplement plan may also help to reduce fatigue and improve both mental and physical performance.
Choosing an intra-workout that works
When selecting an intra-workout, it is imperative to choose one with research-backed and validated ingredients that are therapeutically dosed at the most effective amounts to ensure you see results.
Choose a product that is formulated with scientifically-backed ingredients, and ideally one without proprietary blends so you know what you’re getting and how much of each ingredient the product contains.
Potent intra-workout ingredients
These are the necessary ingredients that an effective intra-workout should contain:
BCAAs: The foundation of any good intra-workout worth the investment. BCAAs play a key role in almost every process in the human body, especially muscle growth and repair.
A quick-releasing carbohydrate source: Fast digesting carbs will fuel your muscles throughout your workout as well as promote instant glycogen replenishment. Some good choices include Dextrose, HBCD (Cyclic Dextrin) or Maltodextrin or Palatinose.
Beta-Alanine: A naturally occurring, non-essential amino acid. When combined with Histidine, Beta-Alanine increases Carnosine levels in skeletal muscle, which supports an array of muscle-building and endurance benefits.
Taurine: A popular ingredient in most energy drinks as it plays a key role in energy production in the body. One of taurine’s major functions in the cardiovascular system is the regulation of the respiratory chain. A deficiency in respiratory chain function leads to impaired energy metabolism and reduced ATP generation. Therefore, maintaining optimal taurine levels contributes to healthy heart function. Taurine also improves insulin action, thereby enhancing glucose tolerance, and acting as an antioxidant. More importantly, it aids in healthy muscle contraction while assisting the body to get rid of the waste that causes muscle burn.
A final word on intra-workout supplements
A good Intra Workout provides the body with a constant supply of amino acids, carbs and protein, which contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass.
Unlike many formulas out there, make sure that the one you chose doesn’t hide behind ‘proprietary blends’ and that all of the ingredient quantities are fully disclosed. NPL’s Amino Armour intra-workout will ensure you get the most out of your workout!