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BCAA's and Timing


#1

I just bought some and was wondering on what the best time to take them was.
I've heard that having 5g upon waking and 5g post workout is a good idea, and that it should also be taken on a empty stomach, but, if I take my BCAA's in the morning, how long do I have to wait before I can eat my breakfast, or doesn't it matter?


#2

I take 10g before hitting the weights and 10g when finished.

In the morning, I simply have a large breakfast a soon as possible after waking, maybe a whey shake for a fast acting protein source. I’d personally save the BCAAs for peri-workout, unless you intend on doing fasted cardio. In that case, a few grams of BCAAs with a cup of black coffee could help. Not a big fan of fasted cardio myself, though, as I prefer higher intensity energy system work.


#3

Pre, during and post workout. maybe a little in between meals or if you have a snack/meal with an incomplete protein source.