Episode 69: BCAAs, Music, and More!

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Kevin Larrabee, Keith Scott (Blog Link), Jimmy Smith (Blog Link)

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  • I have extremely tight hips and i’ve recently discovered proper foam rolling and soft tissue work to loosen that up. After my first squat session after rolling my hips i was sore a bit more in my hip flexors and i notices some form changes, for some reason my knees started caving in.
    so my question is, now that my hips are loose are there any other specific areas that may need a little extra attention?
    and are there any corrective actions you’d recommend to fix my knees caving inand a non related question: any tips on improving sleep quality whether nutrition, supplementation, or other things.
    THANKS MUCH, -Adam Ripa
  • hope all is well with you. I wanted to write and say thanks very
    much to you and the rest of the guys at The Fit Cast. When I started
    listening to you, I had always thought of entering the fitness
    industry, but had no idea where to start or what to focus on. Thanks
    in part to what I learned by listening to The Fit Cast, I got my NSCA
    cert, left my desk job(you may remember my CDW email address), and
    just accepted my first job as a personal trainer here in Chicago.I’ll probably email more than ever with questions for the panel, but
    for now I just want to say “thanks” to all of you guys for the great
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  • I was wondering if you guys could touch on BCAA supplementation in one of your future episodes of the Fitcast…I have been hesitant, because they are expensive. However, I am reducing my caloric intake and would like to preserve as much muscle as possible.How many grams a day would you recommend and how should this be spread out through the day?
    Also, the powder form seems to be cheaper what should the ratio of L-Leucine, L-Iso-Leucine, and L-Valine be in a quality BCAA supplement?Thanks,


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2 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    I have some follow-up questions about BCAA.

    1)Is there a certain amount a person with a certain bodyweight would need to stay anabolic? Since BCAAs are anti-catabolic and not anabolic, taking an excess of BCAAs will not contribute to additional muscle repair; it will just be used as energy(correct?).

    I also get Biotest BCAAs and I for one would like to know how much I should be taking pre-workout and post so I can maximize how much my body will actually use(and not use as energy) seeing as they are not the cheapest pills on the market.

    2)I’ve heard that BCAAs need/should to be taken with food(some source of protein). I think the reason for this was because if your body is going to stay anti-catabolic, you need food in conjunction with the pills to keep your body in a state of repair(so you need something to repair it with). Is this true?

  2. Kazim says:

    how do you spell the name of that supplement that jimmy mentioned which helps you relax and hence reduce cortisol?