Alright, since no other forum on earth wants to answer this, what do you guys think about supplementing BCAAs. I personally get about 8 grams from every protein shake I make, and tend to drink 1 and 1/2 on workout days. I also eat an ass load of chicken, eggs, and fish, and a decent amount of beef. I am not sure which of those has naturally occurring bcaas in them, but was just curious if you guys would think it'd be a good idea to start supplementing some too…? Also if not, when would be a good time if someone where to start taking them, for anyone else who may read this.
Personally I don't see a need to supplement with them specifically. For one, they're expensive, and like you said you get a lot from protein shakes plus you get some from food.
The only time I can think when you would want them is when you're trying to preserve muscle, as is the case with major injuries or rapid weight loss. Even then I'm not sure they're a necessity.
The strength trainee says "Why sacrifice intensity when I can sacrifice volume"
The bodybuilder says "Why sacrifice intensity when I can sacrifice form"
"We are not sport, when there is a sport issue, we are not so good. The boxer is much better than us at boxing. But he will have to protect his balls if he wants to punch us."
Yeah, Alan Aragon is always calling whey bcaa plus. I don't know about any special muscle preserving capacity for all the 'cutters' besides the testimonials they give (just blogged about that again) and even then they consume mountains of the stuff and it takes whole proteins to build muscle..in others words not just bcaas but other aminos. The amino acid pool is regulated by the body fairly strickly and although I am not an expert on such matters I don't think that superdosing certain aminos can change that.
Most of this kind of thing is bodybuilders thinking they will look like they're geared up counter-parts if they only stack enough supplements and have a diet and training programs that looks like it was designed by a super computer working for a week.