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    Amino acids on non-workout days

    Quick question: should I take amino acids on non-workout days or is that a just a waste of money as they're damn expensive?
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    IMO i see no point in sipping on amino's over long periods or drinking them on non training days.

    As long as your eating properly with the right amount of macro's, IMO there is no point.

    Save them for you training times....

    Maybe with an exception to glutamine of course.
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    Some would argue that supplementing with free form aminos on top of a diet that is already high in protein is a waste of money.

    Five years ago a 10-week study was conducted which compared three treatments: 1) a whey + casein blend, 2) whey + BCAA + glutamine, or 3) only carbs. Interestingly, both the casein/whey blend group as well as the carb-only group both demonstrated better increase in lean mass over the whey + free form BCAA + glutamine group. See, The effects of protein and amino acid supplementation on performance and training adaptations during ten weeks of resistance training. Kerksick CM, et al. J Strength Cond Res. 2006 Aug;20(3):643-53. PMID: 16937979 abstract available online at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...ubmed_RVDocSum
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    Just make sure you get enough protein on your off days. You don't need free form amino acids because you don't need fast-acting aminos when you don't workout. However, you are building muscle as you rest and need to give your body enough of the building blocks (protein/aminos) to do so.
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    I only use BCAA pre-training. Don't see a need at other times.
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    Originally Posted by Robboe View Post
    I only use BCAA pre-training. Don't see a need at other times.
    +1.

    It definitely wouldn't hurt to drink 'em... but like you said OP, that can get expensive and wouldn't help out much. I think you should eat food on non-workout days
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    Originally Posted by snorkelman View Post
    Some would argue that supplementing with free form aminos on top of a diet that is already high in protein is a waste of money.

    Five years ago a 10-week study was conducted which compared three treatments: 1) a whey + casein blend, 2) whey + BCAA + glutamine, or 3) only carbs. Interestingly, both the casein/whey blend group as well as the carb-only group both demonstrated better increase in lean mass over the whey + free form BCAA + glutamine group. See, The effects of protein and amino acid supplementation on performance and training adaptations during ten weeks of resistance training. Kerksick CM, et al. J Strength Cond Res. 2006 Aug;20(3):643-53. PMID: 16937979 abstract available online at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...ubmed_RVDocSum
    Wonderful, not only a claim but a bloody study to back up the claim.

    Excellent post. And a very interesting study.

    thanks, Iain
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    as long as your taking in enough protein everyday then your good to go my man.
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    Ill take bcaa's and eaa's first thing in the morning and between meals later in the day on my off days. First thing in the morning is good after a 8 hour fast, and I dose later in the day because it helps me full and control my appetite.
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