Muscle Madness! The Four Products in Our Bracket
March 31, 2017
We don’t know about you, but our bracket was completely busted! So instead of wallowing in misery, we decided to go back to what we know: sports nutrition. In our new and improved bracket, the final four products include two creatine supplements and two BCAAs supplements. Which stack is the winning combo for you? Let’s break them down:
Creatine is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the body and in some foods. It functions as a partitioning agent, increasing the amount of nutrients and calories that go towards your muscle cells as opposed to fat storage. This effectively makes it an energy source for your muscles, helping to reduce fatigue during intense training. Additional benefits of supplementing with creatine include:
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased muscle size
- Enhanced recovery
- Improved athletic performance
To reap the benefits of this popular supplement, we recommend taking 2 scoops of creatine per day. Many people like to mix their first scoop in with their pre-workout in order to increase their strength, pump and performance during their training session. It’s also important to take creatine after your workout. Eat a post-workout meal with protein and carbs, and the creatine will help push the nutrients to your muscles for improved recovery, lean muscle building and glycogen replenishment.
Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are the three essential amino acids that your body uses to build lean muscle and recover from exercise. Unlike most aminos that are metabolized in the liver, BCAAs are metabolized in skeletal muscle, which means your body is able to break them down quickly for fuel. This increases the cellular energy available for use during workouts. Additional benefits of supplementing with BCAAs include:
- Build & maintain lean muscle mass
- Prevent unwanted muscle loss
- Accelerate recovery
The best time to take BCAAs is during your workout, especially if you are training on a diet. Study after study has shown that BCAAs help prevent muscle loss on a cut. When glucose is low due to rigorous exercise, amino acids provide the energy your muscles need, effectively preventing catabolism. Amino acids also assist in the transport of fat into mitochondria, where it gets burned as energy. Therefore, BCAAs can help you lean out while keeping your training intensity at full throttle.
Creatine & BCAAs Stacks
Combined, creatine and BCAAs can help you continue to build lean muscle and improve definition while you lean out. Below are two suggested stacks:
Best Creatine™ + Best BCAA Shredded™:
Best Creatine™ makes supplementing with creatine effortless by combining six advanced forms of creatine, each with their own benefits and absorption rates. This allows you to reap the benefits of creatine long after your workout is complete. Specifically, Best Creatine™ was designed to help you increase strength, muscle growth, performance and recovery. The ChromaDex® Quality Verified Seal on the label lets you know that this creatine supplement has been tested for the highest quality possible.
In addition to amino acids, Best BCAA Shredded™ contains the grains of paradise extract and carnitine. Grains of paradise activates brown fat, creating a thermogenic effect that increases the body’s energy expenditure and helps you tap into fat stores for fuel. Carnitine essentially converts long fatty acids into energy. Like amino acids, carnitine helps transport fat to energy centers where it can be eliminated. These non-stimulant ingredients can help you build a much stronger, leaner and defined physique.
Together, Best Creatine™ and Best BCAA Shredded™ will help you build muscle, increase your strength and power, burn fat and recover faster.
Best Creatine Defined™ + Best BCAA™:
Best Creatine Defined™ was also created with six advanced forms of creatine, but with the addition of a Defining & Hardening Agent. This blend helps ensure that nutrients are used for fuel, not stored as fat. Plus, by pushing nutrients into the muscles, you will see and feel an increase in cellular volumization, giving you a full, dry, hardened look instead of the “flat,” “depleted” look often associated with dieting. Best Creatine Defined™ was also specifically formulated so users will not feel bloated or retain “puffy” water weight, and it requires zero loading.
Best BCAA™ is our award-winning muscle recovery formula that uses Oligopeptide Enzymatic Technology to optimize absorption. It’s also another one of our products that earned the ChromaDex® Quality Verified Seal. Take Best BCAA™ before, during or after your workout, or even right before bed to preserve lean muscle and boost recovery while you sleep.
Taken together, Best Creatine Defined™ and Best BCAA™ will help you build muscle, sculpt your physique and recover faster.