Triathletes are exposed to some of the harshest training conditions in the world! Extreme bouts of aerobic exercise demanding the heart to keep pumping oxygenated blood around the body can take its toll. Sustaining performance and facilitating recovery can be tough for triathletes; I’ve personally experienced the same struggles whilst preparing for an IRONMAN. Fortunately, with the combination of intelligent nutrition habits and choice supplementation, I was able to fight fatigue and elevate my performance. Two supplements I want to discuss today are patented CarnoSyn and fermented BCAAs.
CarnoSyn, a clinically researched and patented form of beta-alanine, is a natural amino acid which was originally discovered for human performance by Dr. Roger Harris. Beta-alanine is defined as a rate limiting precursor to carnosine which is a dipeptide. There is correlation between the amount of beta-alanine available and the rate of carnosine synthesis. In short, beta-alanine improves the speed at which carnosine can be synthesized. So, why is this important to triathletes?
Carnosine is an intracellular lactic acid and hydrogen ion buffer. It is there to soak up and remove these agents which induce a faster rate of fatigue. The aerobic energy system which is the threshold triathletes will operate within most of the time relies upon the consistent buffering of lactic acid. Carnosine is the very agent within the body to help do this. What’s more, supplementing with patented CarnoSyn beta-alanine supports this process. Carnosyn beta-alanine is also very effective at improving blood flow into the working muscles. This is desirable for performance improvements during endurance training because it means there is more oxygenated blood flowing into the muscles, a key component in prolonging performance and reducing the onset of fatigue.
Multiple studies support these claims. In fact, one study showed that male athletes who consumed 3.2 g a day for 28 days saw a 16.9% increase in working capacity. Another endurance-based study demonstrated an elevation of 11.4% in peak power after eight weeks of usage. There are many more studies, but the point is that there is compelling evidence to support the impact of CarnoSyn beta-alanine on endurance athletes. KAGED MUSCLE PRE-KAGED contains 1.6 g per serving of patented CarnoSyn, and when stacked with IN-KAGED which also includes 1.6 g per serving of CarnoSyn, provides the required amount to have a significant impact on performance and recovery during exercise.
KAGED MUSCLE BCAAs, which are fermented from vegetables rather than more common synthetic sources including human hair and bird feathers, can also aid triathletes. The main role of BCAAs is to enhance muscle protein synthesis, a process which supports faster muscle recovery. Leucine is the most effective branched chain amino acid of the three in regards to triggering MPS (Muscle Protein Synthesis) during prolonged bouts of endurance exercise such as a triathlon. Consuming fermented BCAAs helps reduce muscle soreness by inhibiting muscle breakdown. My personal experience has also shown me that BCAAs help buffer lactic acid. Whilst doing over six hours of endurance training, I will consume 3-4 scoops of KAGED MUSCLE BCAAs along with Hydra-Charge. This provides the full benefits of the BCAAs and also gives me five electrolytes from tender coconut water extract. On non-training days I’ll still consume the same amount across the day. This is to sustain a heightened state of muscle protein synthesis to support recovery. The Hydra-Charge is obviously there to enhance hydration.
It is very clear supplementing with patented CarnoSyn and fermented BCAAs can have a significant impact on performance and recovery for triathletes. This is something I have personally experienced during my IRONMAN preparations and I have no doubt you’ll notice the same benefits with yours.