What's in those shaker bottles everyone seems to carry around?


Let’s talk intra- and post-workout liquids, i.e. fast-digesting carbohydrates, protein powders, and BCAAs.

Especially with the C5 games kicking off, fueling properly should be high on the priority list in order to maximize fitness performance, i.e. kicking butt and winning that trophy!

What are BCAAs?

BCAA stands for branched-chain amino acids. Amino acids are the sub-particles that make up protein. When you consume protein, your body breaks it down into individual amino acids. Amino acids must occur in the correct amounts and types at the same time in order to be utilized. BCAA supplements are intended to supply your body with enough amino acids in the proper sequence to begin rebuilding muscle without forcing the body to spend time breaking down protein.

What are examples of fast-digesting carbohydrates? (consumed in liquid form)

Coconut water, fresh fruit juices, and fast-digesting carb powders.

How about protein?

Protein powders can be found in a variety of forms, some of which contain fast-digesting carbohydrates and/or BCAAs.

These powders and liquids are all in forms that are very quickly digested and therefore very quickly put to use. Supplying your body, mid-workout, and immediate post-workout gives your body the best chance to rebuild muscle and re-stock your energy stores to be ready for when fitness returns, regardless of the form it’s in.

The key here is to A) determine if one of these supplements is right for you (i.e. understanding WHY you, as an individual, should use any) and B)if your answer to A is yes, then you need to test out different combinations and brands of each of the above mentioned foods to determine 1) which ones you prefer (taste wise), 2) which ones are the best quality, and 3) which ones result in your best ability to perform.

Your C5 Nutrition Intern,