So heres the deal:
I take a shitload of BCAA during my workouts, have been doing it for about a year now and have seen tremendous results. My lifting coach at college says taking BCAA DURING the workout does not do a thing and what I am experiencing is a placebo affect. She wants scientific evidence to back my claims.
Ive been scouring pubmed and other sites looking for peer reviewed articles on BCAA during resistance training but have not found very good ones. Ive found pleanty on how BCAA increases endurance during aerobic training and how they are muscle-sparing during a cut, but that was not enough for her. I showed her all of Berardi's articles (the head lifting coach at my college is in love with this site BTW and recommends Berardi to us), but she said that did not constitute scientific evidence.
So help me out T-Nation!! I will continue to search for studies but if any of you know of or have seen studies which show BCAA have an ergogenic effect when taken DURING the workout please share! This woman is about as ignorant and stubborn as it gets (she recommends NO-Explode pre and Muscle Milk after a workout . . . HA!!!) SO LETS BRING HER DOWN!