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You know that you need amino acids for recovery. But understanding the actual mechanics of why that is, and what you need to replenish is important as you weigh whether to buy an amino supplement like Hammer's Endurance Amino.
The first thing to understand about amino acids is that they're used by your body to help convert both protein and carbs into fuel, but aminos also serve an important role as antioxidants. The latter function is just as valuable because if you think of oxygen as fuel, an athlete needs more of it to operate effectively. But the more oxygen you "digest," the more oxidation occurs, which means you'll be exposing your body to more harmful agents that can cause you to get sick -- and nothing is worse than going down with a lingering cold right as you're starting to surge toward peak fitness.
Further, because your body has a limited supply of amino acids, if you work out for two hours or longer, you'll grow increasingly less efficient at converting food into fuel, because your amino stores can be depleted as you ride. So for longer workouts, you have to put back the used up aminos, just as you add in carbs and protein. Yes, we all get amino acids from foods, but rarely can you eat your way to an optimal level, especially during exercise, not to mention just before or just after an event.
Hammer Endurance Amino contains a set of important branched chain amino acids that can target the losses you're going to create during a long ride, or have just induced during a ride. These include l-leucine, l-isoleucine, and l-valine, and they work in concert (meaning taking any single one won't offer the same benefits) to stave off muscle fatigue. L-alanine is another amino in the mix, because it's particularly good at helping the body synthesize carbs.
To get the most from Hammer Endurance Amino, consume a total of 2-4 capsules before and after exercise, depending on body weight, work load, and ride time. If you're working out with particular intensity and especially for more than two hours, try a capsule each hour. Important: Never experiment with a supplement on race day. You're much better off learning how quickly your body metabolizes food and supplements by trying them out on hard training days to simulate the same work load. One bottle contains 120 capsules.
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- Q & A
When you want to carry the kitchen sink.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have a tendency to over pack. I also have a tendency of blowing up when climbing up hills. Not a good combination. Like Steve Martin in the Jerk, as he grabbed the chair and any number of other useless things and kept saying " And that is all I need.." Then I grab something else and repeat.
I knew I needed some help getting my ass and my overly burdened pack up to Muir and also getting to the top of Rainier. Maybe it is all mental and this was just my placebo? Or maybe these things really do the job? Either way they seemed to work for me.
I took 4 in the morning and then took 2 each break and 4 afterwards. My legs seemed to be doing great. The second break heading up the Muir snowfield my calves cramped... Wait, that is an understatement, they seized up and turned into two rock hard hams on the back of my legs as I was rolling around on the snow cussing and begging them to release. They finally did after everyone in the group got a chance to hear all my lovely phrases and choicest of words. Then after what seemed like an eternity I was able to get my ass back up and we continued on our way.
You didn't think it was going to be that easy did you?
Yes, the bottle of Siracha cock sauce and jar of peanut butter along with 3lbs of gummy bears and all the other number of uneaten things I hauled up there was well worth the extra weight. I did share my full roll of Charmin extra soft with others as well. That stuff is awesome.