KEY for post workout recovery AND getting a leaner, tighter bod

Hiiii!

Happy you're here!

How are you guys? How was your weekend?

Summer is flying by, no? Living in L.A. I feel like I have no idea what season it is. Sort of weird, like groundhogs day, HA. But, can't complain.

I cleaned SO MUCH yesterday, I got rid of lots of random things (I had like 40 sparklers in my desk drawer?????) I also did some home shopping on Urban Outfitters - OBSESSED. It's so Malibu, boho chic. 

If you want me to show you what I got, let me know!

So on another, very Monday type of note, let's talk fitness.

Recently, I've been really upping the workouts.

Somedays I'll do a yoga class and strength class. I've got SoulCycle regularly with Lindsey, and then I try to run once or twice a week (so boring for me lately. If you run, what's your secret to stay interested?)

It's SO NICE that now in L.A. I have babes that I can workout with regularly. 

But.

If I'm completely honest, since I moved to L.A. I've put on some weight that's just bugging me man. I'm trying everything, and I want to write a full post on that topic, but I'm doing what I can in the workout space to try and get this shit off ME. 

Everyone is different, and I know what's a good place for my body and weight, and I'm just not there. In pictures, I take 1 of 400 that looks good - so don't let that fool you! HA.

I've talked about my workouts and eating here and here, but I have something new to share with you that I am obsessed with.

I always want to share stuff that works for me, that could also be helpful for ya.

This isn't sponsored or anything :)

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's).

Not sure what they are? 

Branched chain amino acids, or BCAAs, can be taken during or after a workout to help improve exercise performance and endurance in addition to potentially aiding in muscle recovery. 

BCAAs go directly to the muscles for fueling, building and repairing after a workout. 

Science says,

"Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) refer to three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAA supplementation, for people with low dietary protein intake, can promote muscle protein synthesis and increase muscle growth over time. It can also be used to prevent fatigue in novice athletes."

I realized how freaking sore I was yesterday, and it was because I had ran out of the BCAA's that I have been taking regularly.

For me it has been confirmed time and again how much of a difference BCAA's make in my fitness game.

I've noticed I have:

Less muscle soreness

More lean muscle tone

Increased natural energy (no cracked out jitters)


I've been taking them for about 6 months now, and really feel like I can workout longer, and more often without a necessary recover day or two in between. Plus, it's all natural, without any stimulates or weird ingredients that your body won't recognize.

For real. 

I LOVE that it's affordable, gives me a little boost of energy, helps decrease body fat and lets me workout longer and harder.

Enough said, right? Basically, say 'fat loss' and I'm yours.

(Seriously though if there are vitamins or supplements that say 'weight loss' there's a 99% chance I'm buying it).

Bodybuilding.com says,

New studies have shown that dieting groups supplementing with BCAAs (like leucine) increase muscle retention and maximize fat loss much more effectively than non-supplemented groups. That’s the bottom line, my friends: more muscle mass retained, and a greater percentage of lost body fat.

The major benefits of BCAA's

All amino acids are necessary for the growth and repair of muscles and tissues in the body. So, without them, protein in the body breaks down resulting in muscle loss.

(I take mine in the morning and then again at night. Usually with breakfast in the morning and nothing at night). 

ADDED BONUS:

During exercise there are increased levels of serotonin, which can actually make you more tired during a workout. 

(Weird I know!)

Several studies have proven that BCAAs, can potentially help reduce serotonin levels and help prevent tryptophan (the hormone that makes you so sleepy, that's in Turkey LOL) from entering the brain. This means you bypass the 'tired' stage of your workout.

Like a natural energy boost!

BCAAs can also potentially help with muscle soreness.

BCAAs can be used to help prevent post-exercise muscle soreness by impeding exercise-induced muscle damage and helping stimulate growth and repair.


When to take your BCAAs:

Ideally 45 minutes before and 45 minutes after your workout.

This gives you added energy and helps to repair muscles after.

This isn't a hard and fast rule. 

I've read you can also have them within 24 hours, but I usually try before and after a workout. 


My favorites:

You can take BCAAs in pill form of powder form in a drink or shake.

I do both, but prefer the pills because it's easier. 

What I'm wearing in this post:

Really into a new activewear brand, Ethona and I am wearing ALL their new gear. I posted some of their stuff on my Instagram and recently did a super fun shoot with them in Malibu. What I love about their clothes is that they are really good quality. Super thick and SOFT as hell. The color palette is muted, and I feel like I need a new athleisure brand in my life!

Ethona Gray Tenacity Tight Grey Leggings

Divine Zip Front Hoodie in Grey

Irresistible Long Sleeve Layer Nine Iron

Adore Muscle Tee in Mauve

Gleaming Bralette in Snow Grey


Okay so your turn. Let's discuss tips.

Do you guys take BCAA'S or anything else to help in muscle recovery from a workout? I think if you're working our regularly, you're definitely an athlete, so treating yourself like one is key! 

Let me know what you take or do to recover, I'm always into trying new stuff!

Also, have the best week. It's going to be a good one, I can feel it!

xoxo

Krista