Wicked DOMS

Nope, not me! My name’s Michelle and I don’t get wicked DOMS.

So many girls seem to write about their DOMS with such heroic glory. I can’t think of anything less fun. Thankfully I don’t get DOMS. My lats were a tiny bit sore last night after doing my first full workout of unassisted chinups. I can feel them when I reach up to stretch but I can move my arms. I did get DOMS about 3 weeks ago, the day after a training session without my BCAA/EAA supplements.

Here’s a few reason’s why you might want to try BCAA’s

• BCAA promote protein synthesis in muscle.

• BCAA taken during training have been shown to increase both growth hormone and insulin, thus increasing anabolism and anti-catabolism.

• BCAA, unlike other amino acids, are used to provide energy.

• A 1992 Italian study showed that BCAA taken prior to a workout not only prevented a decrease in post-workout Testosterone levels, but caused it to increase.

• BCAA have been shown to decrease post-workout soreness.

• BCAA, according to a 1997 Italian study published in Medicina Dello Sport, when taken 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after a workout, were shown to increase lean body mass and improve strength in the bench press and squat.

• BCAA have been shown to increase exercise endurance, especially exercise conducted in high temperatures.

• As little as 4 grams of BCAA can kick start the body from a catabolic state to an anabolic state.

What all of this means is that your body repairs faster. Faster repair means less soreness and as your muscles repair, they grow.

Flavoured BCAA powders are tasty too. I have been using Scivation Xtend for about 2 years now. I love the lemonade flavour. Others swear by apple and grape. Recently I decided to give local crowd Next Generation a go with their product ‘refuel’. I’ve got the lemon-lime flavour. It’s not as sweet as Xtend but tastes like Bickfords lime cordial so I can’t complain.

Feeling sore, why not try a BCAA formula.

About Michelle

Michelle is passionate about showing people how easy it is to prepare food that is healthy and packed full of flavour. She has just completed her first recipe book, Healthy Helpings: fast food for fit physiques. She began sharing her love of food in 2007, when she produced two series of the online cooking show ‘Healthy Helpings TV’, making fast food healthy and healthy food fast. In 2008 she competed in bodybuilding as a novice figure shaping competitor and she remains passionate about physique sports. She was a 2009 Australian Masterchef semi-finalist, and contributes articles to Oxygen Magazine Australia. Michelle lives with her husband on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, where she loves to search out new ingredients and food ideas from local farmers markets, health food shops and ethnic grocers, and take her two dogs on long rambles through the vineyards. Find out more about Michelle's book