BCAA replacement


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Mar 24, 2008
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For the past few months I've done semi-fasted workouts on MRM BCAAs (9-10 g) and green tea every morning. I've decided this isn't financially very prudent and want to modify my routine a bit. (I'd like to maintain muscle mass and lean up as much as possible.)

My workouts include something close to a four day split usually followed by cardio. Would it be a good idea to replace the BCAAs with some whey and fast digesting carbs before workout? Would I not be burning the recently ingested calories?

I apologize for the rant. Any advice appreciated.
How about whey with BCAAs already mixed in?

EAS 100% Whey Protein

Might not be the highest concentration of BCAAs, but....

I don't think ON actually adds seperate BCAAs. They just market exactly how much of the amino acids in their protein are leucine, isoleucine and valine. Which comes to about 23% combined, or 5.5 grams per 24g of protein (which is about right for almost all whey protein isolate)

Anyway, if isolated BCAAs aren't in your budget, you should simply eat more protein. As mentioned above, most whey protein isolate is about 23% BCAAs as well as about 15% glutamine. So if you want 10g of BCAAs, you'll need to have about 44-45g of whey protein.

Edit: Please note, amino acids in protein aren't as readily available as isolated BCAAs. You may consider something with hydrolyzed whey protein, as it is partially digested for faster uptake.
Today I just purchased ON's Pro Complex it contains 60g protien 14g bcaa's. IMHO it is a decent source.
honestly i love a whey shake and some oats or lower GI cereal an hours or so before training. I feel great off of it. If you dont like food though and just one shake could be ion-exchange whey protein is pretty high in BCAA's and digests very easily.
Thank you all. This has been helpful.
i think cytogainer has hydrolyzed whey as well