If you’re drinking, why worry about BCAAs? That’s like taking Alpha Male to help reverse the T level effects.[/quote]
Great idea, I wish I thought of that! Oh wait, I did… too expensive to implement.
Seriously though, I agree with you that if making gains and achieving one’s strength and physique goals is a priority then there are certain sacrifices one must take in order to optimize their results. However, I would argue that there is definitely a balance between having a good time and putting forth the necessary effort to achieve one’s immediate and long term goals. How these two objectives are split will depend greatly on the individual. Not everyone is at the point in their life where reaching their training related goals is their top priority, and that is completely understandable and even encouraged at times. I can say with 100% certainty that I would have missed a number of meaningful, personality forming opportunities had I not drank during college, especially the early years.
Anyways… I started taking BCAA’s during my junior year so I had a few years of experimenting with the dosage until I found what I feel worked best for me. Basically my current protocol, as has been for a while now, is 40g during training when mixed with a full dose of Surge sipped throughout the workout. If I am in a cutting phase, I will skip the Surge and add in an additional 15g of BCAA in order to make up for the BCAA’s found in the Surge that are no longer present. This way I manage to get 55g of BCAA per session regardless of whether or not I use Surge. As far as BCAA’s and booze is concerned, I usually took about 10g before and after drinking. I started using the powdered stuff because it was easier to take during training so it only ended up being about 2 tsp at a time. You can also pop a couple of Vitamin C tabs before bed and upon waking to help fight increased cortisol levels.
Like I said, maybe this works and maybe it doesn’t. Maybe it’s over complicating minutia, but maybe it’s kinda smart at the same time. All I know is that it helped me feel better about going out and tying one on, and having that peace of mind was important to me. 2 scoops of BCAA and 2 vitamin C caps costs less than a dollar so why not at least give it a shot?