We are all familiar with pre and post workout supplementation. As the names imply, these are supplements (pre-workouts and protein powders for example) we can take before or after exercise that can enhance performance, build muscle, and promote recovery. While it is a good idea to maximize pre and post workout nutrition an often overlooked period where proper supplementation may be critical is during your workout…often referred to as intra-workout. Compared to pre and post workout supplementation, intra-workout supplementation is the new kid on the block. You may have heard people talking about it at the gym or seen your local fitness buff sipping a brightly colored liquid from a shaker cup while they train. So what exactly are the benefits of taking an intra-workout like NutraBio Intra Blast?? Read on to find out.
Intra-Workout Supplementation with NutraBio Intra Blast Can:
Stimulate/Sustain Muscle Protein Synthesis
Muscle protein synthesis (MPS) levels and the available amino acid pool can decline during prolonged exercise, leading to a catabolic bodily environment. This is especially true if exercising on an empty stomach, if you do not take a pre-workout containing BCAAs (the primary drivers of muscle protein synthesis) or if your training sessions are long in duration. Intra-workout supplementation can help keep MPS elevated while also mitigating muscle protein breakdown by providing the necessary BCAAs and other essential amino acids. Based on the literature it appears 10 grams of essential amino acids (the amount found in Intra Blast) may be required to maximally stimulate MPS .
Lead to Less Soreness & Quicker Recovery Times
Being sore after an intense workout is a sign you pushed yourself to the max, but it can limit your performance in subsequent workouts. Minimizing soreness and proper recovery are essential for muscle repair and growth. The essential amino acids and glutamine found in Intra Blast can reduce DOMS  and help start the recovery process while working out, so less time is spent on the couch after leg day, and you can return to the gym sooner to hit it hard again.
As we exercise, there is a decline in circulating amino acid levels that lead to an increase in tryptophan/serotonin concentrations in the brain. This is thought to contribute to fatigue during exercise . Since valine (an ingredient found in Intra Blast) competes with tryptophan for entry into the brain and prevails, less serotonin gets to the brain, which ultimately combats fatigue and helps you train stronger for longer.
Contribute to Energy Production & Extend Performance
During exercise, the BCAAs found in Intra Blast can be broken down and used as an energy source . This is especially beneficial if you follow a low-carb diet or train in a fasted state. Additionally, BCAAs intra-workout may enhance fat utilization for energy during exercise when glycogen levels are low and lead to extended performance .
Betaine anhydrous and OKG are the two ingredients in Intra Blast that can help improve exercise performance. Research suggests that 2000mg of betaine/daily may increase muscular strength, power, and total training volume [6-8]. OKG, on the other hand, helps reduce ammonia concentrations in the blood which leads to extended endurance [9-12]. OKG may also play a role in nitric oxide production.
Compared to water or sugar laden sports beverages, intra-workout supplements (like Intra Blast) that contain amino acids and electrolytes may enhance cellular rehydration rates to a greater extent . This is important because even a 2% reduction in body weight due to water loss can significantly impact performance [14-16]. Additionally, some may find a flavored intra-workout drink to be more palatable compared to water.
Take Home Message on Intra-Workout Supplements & NutraBio Intra Blast
Intra-workout supplements can help stimulate/sustain MPS, reduce muscle soreness and help speed up the recovery process after an intense workout. They may also reduce fatigue and improve both mental and physical performance, especially if you train in a fasted state.
When selecting an intra-workout, it is imperative to choose one with research-validated ingredients dosed in effective amounts. NutraBio Intra Blast is an essential amino acid (EAA) powerhouse that delivers critical nutrients needed to fuel performance, blunt fatigue, and accelerate recovery during your workout. Unlike other intra- workouts that contain only branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), Intra Blast contains over 10,000 mg of all 9 essential amino acids, including BCAAs, clinically dosed to work synergistically in order to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, promote muscle growth, enhance recovery, and decrease muscle soreness from the most intense training sessions. NutraBio took Intra Blast’s formula one step further by adding other ingredients, such as glutamine and betaine, that have been scientifically proven to accelerate recovery, replenish energy stores, improve strength, and keep you hydrated during your workouts. Intra Blast is without question the most advanced intra-workout amino acid product ever created.
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