What is stacking and why is it important to you if you want to get bigger, faster and stronger in the gym? Here’s our quick guide to tell you everything you need to know:
3 in 1: Stacks feature ingredients with different intended purposes that work together to enhance power* and performance*. Stacks usually consist of 3 or more single ingredients stacked together creating your personalised pre, intra and/or post workout shake.
Glutamine: Most good stacks will feature glutamine. It is the most abundant amino acid in the entire body and many athletes use it during intense periods of training.
Creatine* is an important element of a post work-out stack, which improves power and performance during high intensity sprint performance. Creatine is a compound which can increase your body’s physical performance during successive bursts of short term, high intensity exercise. It's naturally produced in the body and is also found in food like red meat (but you would have to consume a lot of steak to get the performance benefits of a creatine supplement.) After high intensity training your creatine stores are naturally depleted. Supplementing with creatine monohydrate can help replenish the creatine stores in your muscle, which is especially important if you want to be ready to push yourself through your next big session.
BCAAs: Amino acids are literally the building blocks of all biological proteins. Every protein you consume in your diet or through supplementation is broken down in the body into amino acids which supports the growth and repair of your muscle. The Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine and valine, are all essential amino acids, meaning that they must be consumed through the diet or supplementation as the body can't produce them which makes them important elements of any stack.
Caffeine: Caffeine** can help improve focus and concentration. Caffeine will help if you are hitting the gym earlier or another kick for your second workout of the day.
Nutrition: It’s important to remember that supplements are just that, they will supplement your gains but can’t replace the benefits of a healthy nutrition plan and a hard, intense, training regime.
If you want to go with a great 3 in 1 work out stack to get the absolute most out of all your hard work BSN have now released R3BUILD EDGE containing BCAAs, glutamine and creatine helping drive your performance and power in the gym.
*Creatine increases physical performance in successive bursts of short-term, high intensity exercise.
**Caffeine contributes to increased alertness and increased concentration.
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