First Aid for Your Workout
Proper workout nutrition (intra-workout) is an area that is being supported by a legit, growing body of science. Intra-workout nutrition represents the next big nutritional frontier for bodybuilders and weightlifters. Even so, many lifers often ignore this period. Why is targeted intra-workout supplementation so important? Here's a short list: proper rehydration, muscle and liver glycogen re-synthesis, improved immune function, decreased muscle catabolism, increased muscle protein synthesis, increased muscle anabolism, faster recovery and training at a higher intensity. It's amazing how so many benefits can get overlooked.
Intra-Aid brings intra-workout nutrition into the 21st century. It's a combination of key complexes that work in synergy to maximize the aforementioned benefits of workout supplementation. Intra-Aid consists of 5 potent components: fast-acting hydrolyzed protein, a highly specialized carbohydrate blend, critical electrolytes, an essential amino acid blend, and key ergogenic agents. Intra-Aid combines all of the scientific benefits of proper intra-workout supplementation, leaving out the guesswork. The gym water fountain and popular high fructose "sports" drinks may be good for the regular athlete, but for the serious weight lifter, they just can't compare. Think of Intra-Aid as first-aid for your workout.
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How many people actually drink something during a workout besides water? Any time you step into the gym, you see people heading over to the water fountain or drinking from a water bottle or jug. Some even consume popular commercial “sports drink” that were made for their endurance-oriented brethren, you know those drinks filled with high fructose corn syrup and fructose that experienced bodybuilders do their best to avoid. For endurance athletes, being hydrated is something that has been hammered home to athletes by coaches and trainers, touched upon during the typical “sports drink” commercials, articles, ads, and of course, word of mouth. But is drinking water or a beverage with carbs enough? Is it enough for the serious lifter? What if you found out that you might be able to get better results if you were to change something as simple as what you drank during a workout?
Now, most of the bodybuilding intelligentsia and athletes in the know are aware of the importance of getting something in pre-workout, especially for a nice energy boost, for instance. Think of Shock Therapy or Animal Pump. These pre-workout supplements supply you with the mental acuity, focus and energy that get you powered up for the gym and make you feel like hitting the plates. Many also know the importance of consuming something post-workout, like the ever popular Torrent. This PWO shake can enhance overall recovery during the anabolic “window of opportunity”. This open window exists after a hard training session and Torrent works to get as much of the right nutrients through that opening as possible.
Ok, so those of you using Shock Therapy and Torrent may have their pre-workout and post-workout areas covered. But how many of you have overlooked the importance of intra-workout nutrition? This is the critical time when your muscles are actually performing the work and are being broken down. During an intense workout, the following actions are taking place in your body: the stress hormone cortisol is secreted, muscle protein synthesis is decreased, immune function is lowered, there is an increase muscle breakdown, fatigue sets in, strength decreases as the workout goes on, and glycogen is depleted. So why is it that proper intra-workout nutrition is so overlooked? Well, for starters, there's not much press in terms of letting people know what they should actually be consuming during a workout. The body of research studying the effects of intra-workout nutrition specifically for weightlifters is just beginning to take off. Enter Intra-Aid.
As discussed above, proper workout nutrition is one area that many bodybuilders often fail to take advantage of. Yet when done right, is one of the most important ways to boost overall performance and results. Why is targeted intra-workout supplementation so important? Here are the ways that the right supplementation during a workout can aid a hard training lifter-proper rehydration, muscle and liver glycogen re-synthesis, improved immune function, decreased muscle catabolism, increased muscle protein synthesis, increased muscle anabolism, faster recovery and training at a higher intensity. The list of benefits seems to go on and on. Amazing how so many benefits can go overlooked, right? And this is where a proper intra-workout nutrition formula like Intra-Aid can aid a hard training weight lifter.
Intra-Aid brings complete intra-workout supplementation to the table. It's a combination of key complexes that work in synergy to maximize the aforementioned benefits of workout supplementation. Intra-Aid consists of 5 components which make the formula so potent-hydrolyzed protein, a specialized carbohydrate blend, important electrolytes, an essential amino acid blend, as well as potent ergogenic agents such as beta alanine and taurine.
Let's look into how each of the 5 components of Intra-Aid can help aid a hard training athlete during the workout. First up is hydrolyzed whey protein (WPH). WPH consists of small whey peptides that are quickly digested and easily absorbed. This is extremely important during a workout, as we don't want something that takes a long time to for the digestive system to break down as well as the fact that we do not want to draw blood away from where it should be- which is to the working muscles and not the digestive system. WPH is also crucial in preventing whole-body protein breakdown and stimulating muscle protein synthesis during training which is crucial for enhancing overall recovery. WPH is the fasting absorbing source of aminos anywhere - faster than other protein powders and even faster than free form aminos.
Next up, we need to discuss carbohydrates. Carbs are crucial for intra-workout consumption as they work in conjunction with the hydrolyzed whey protein to blunt the negative effect that the hormone cortisol has on the muscle building process as well as working to ensure that glycogen levels are not severely depleted during long and hard training sessions. Carbs, coupled with hydrolyzed protein and EAAs, and rather than the latter alone, appear to shift the profile over to a more favorable one for overall muscle anabolism, allowing for a better platform for results. Coinciding with the positive hormonal responses from carb ingestion intra-workout, are the fact that carbs along with EAAs and protein assist in shifting the work out balance in the favor of conserving muscle protein breakdown, a very important anti-catabolic effect that helps you to get the most out of your training protocol.
Third, we need to look at the benefits of essential amino acids (EAAs). EAAs have many studies to back up their efficacy and have been used in Universal Nutrition products such as EAA Stack, EAA Nitro and Animal Nitro for many, many years. Why are EAAs so important? First off, they are free-form uncoupled amino acids. They can actually bypass the liver and enter systemic circulation. When this happens, the pharmacological benefits are quickly realized. The results are improved net muscle protein synthesis, as well as producing pharmacological and physiological effects such as hormone regulation (insulin, GH), immunomodulation, anabolism (via protein synthesis). Very powerful effects to say the least. Intra-Aid™ is then rounded out by key electrolyes and the powerful ergogenics; beta alanine and taurine. You can't have an intra-workout drink without electrolyes. When you work out, you sweat and lose electrolytes in the process. Electrolytes in small doses, like potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium, work to assist the body in hydration and absorption of the macronutrients - protein and carbs. They also are a main factor in the transfer of nutrients and water into and out of the cell. Without electrolyes being present, this process would not be able to take place without them. That's just how crucial they are to maintaining optimal performance during a hard training session.
The ergogenic agent beta alanine is added to help with increasing muscle carnosine levels. Carnosine, in turn, works as a muscle buffer by soaking up the extra hydrogen ions caused by working out. Studies have shown that with beta alanine use, in as little as four weeks, muscle carnosine stores can increase by 42-65%. 10-12 weeks of use have been shown to increase carnosine stores as much as 80%. This increase in muscle carnosine and the power of its buffering action is the magic behind how beta-alanine works. So what has beta-alanine been show to do? Well, according to scientific studies, it has been shown to increase strength, power output, endurance, exercise capacity and muscle mass, delay the onset of neuromuscular fatigue. Those who benefit from beta-alanine use are individuals on a weight lifting program and any individual who practices a sport where strength, power and endurance are needed. Last but not least is the addition of taurine, an important amino acid that works by helping the muscle cells hold more water, in turn, increasing cell volume. This is of importance as it can help assist in ensuring proper hydration during the workout.
What's important in intra-workout nutrition is that, during a workout, since blood-flow to the working muscles is highest during training, having the proper drink supplying nutrient-rich blood to your working muscles is key for performance. Intra-Aid combines all of the scientific benefits of proper intra-workout supplementation, leaving out the guesswork. The gym water fountain and other popular high fructose laden “sports” drinks just can't compare. Leave those to runners and cyclists. For you, the dedicated bodybuilder, Universal Nutrition made Intra-Aid. Think of Intra-Aid as first-aid for your workout.
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