weight training

These Supplements Will Burn Fat Whilst You Sleep! Meet L-Carnatine and Glutanine

L-Carnatine and Glutanine are a dynamic duo of amino acids most commonly available in powder form.

Here’s what you need to know about these #ubersupplements.

What Is L-Carnatine?

L-Carnatine comes from the amino acids lysine and methionine and helps the body burn fat as an energy source.

According to a 2013 study, a dietary supplement containing 500mg of L-Carnatine per day – along with combined exercise - resulted in a significant amount of weight loss in the participants. The results showed that an average of 400g of body fat was lost in just four weeks, without any participants changing their diets.

What Is Glutamine?

Glutamine is also a type of amino acid, aiding in your immune system’s function and muscle repair. What’s so good about glutamine is that it is converted into glucose in the kidneys, without affecting your body’s glucagon and insulin counts.

While Glutamine contributes to your body’s overall energy supply, it also bypasses the insulin-induced fat storage - which ultimately means your cravings for sugar are reduced. Pretty good right?

Glutamine supplements can minimize the breakdown of muscle whilst improving metabolism.

3 Ways To Use BCAAs & Creatine

The wide world of workout supplements is brimming full of random acronyms and crazy sounding words. BCAAs are top of the list when it comes to the ‘WTF’ factor!

Here are the top three things you need to know about BCAAs.

BCAA stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids

Used in conjunction with weight training, BCAAs promote protein synthesis and increase muscle growth over time. BCAAs can also be used to prevent fatigue whilst exercising.

What do BCAAs do?

BCAA’s help to build cells, repair tissue and form antibodies as they carry oxygen throughout the body. They act as a nitrogen carrier and combine with simpler amino acids to form complex muscle tissue groups – thus forming bigger muscles. BCAAs stimulate the production of insulin, which allows circulating blood sugar to be taken up by these cells and used as an energy source.   What Is The Best Way To Take BCAAs? The best way to take BCAA supplements is in powder supplement form, adding 5-10 grams to your pre- and post-workout shakes. If your goal is to build mass, you should consider taking a dose of BCAAs first thing in the morning to help stop the muscle breakdown that is turned on during your night of fasting while you sleep.  

What Is Pre-Workout and Why Do You Need It?

Are you overwhelmed by what’s on offer when you walk into any of the gym supplements stores out there?

There are a lot of conflicting ideas about what ACTUALLY works, as well as there being so many products to choose from that are all similarly packaged.

Across the next few blog posts, I’ll be breaking down the Top 5 supplements that you need to know about to compliment your weight training.

I’m often asked about pre-workout formulas and why you might need them as part of a regular exercise regime. 

What Is Pre-Workout Formula?

Pre-workout formula is an energetic enhancer taken before training to promote energy, strength, endurance, power and focus. Regardless of brand, all pre-workout forumulas generally contain a strong does of caffeine or its derivatives.

Why Not Just Have a Coffee Before Exercise?

Pre-workout formulas also contain the additional benefits like the list of amino acids below, which:

  • Arginine to enhance circulation
  • Tyrosine to produce dopamine
  • Carnitine which body uses to turn fat into energy
  • Vitamin C to speed up recovery
  • Folic acid to help your body produce and maintain new cells

How Much Pre-Workout Should You Use?

The number one most important thing to note about pre-workout formula is to watch your dosage. They are quote powerful stimulants, so as you begin using pre-workout, try using half the recommended amount - and ideally only use them in the early morning – working up to a full dose over a monthly period.