Weight and Resistance Training - BCAAs and lunges

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08-15-2012, 04:31 PM
Unrelated questions.

1. Are BCAAs worth it for someone with a lot of weight to lose? I am also thinking of doing fasted lifting. Does that make a difference? I would do the BCAAs right before lifting.

2. When I do weighted lunges, I feel like I am not doing enough weight to sufficiently work my legs, but my arms feel like they are falling out. Is there a way to increase the stress on my legs without pulling my arms out of their sockets? I am using 35 pound dumbbells.

08-15-2012, 07:59 PM
I can't speak to #1, but I do lunges with a barbell.

08-15-2012, 10:08 PM
I started taking BCAA supplements and L-glutamine before and immediately following my workouts. I'm finding I'm getting strengh gains a lot quicker and I'm less sore the next day after my workouts.

08-16-2012, 09:30 AM
Sumire - thanks for the tip. I will try that. I also loved reading your success story. How inspiring that you did it then and are still doing it now!

Prim - I love former fat girls who kill it at the gym. Thanks for the response and helpful feedback.

08-16-2012, 12:03 PM
I hold the BD's up on my shoulders.

08-17-2012, 10:09 AM
I was going to suggest barbell lunges, also.

As for the BCAAs, how long after your workout are you breaking your fast? If you're eating shortly thereafter, I believe the recommendation would be to take them beforehand but not worry about taking them after. *Disclaimer: I'm not super familiar with them but have read a little bit about fasted workouts via Leangains.

08-17-2012, 10:55 PM
I will try both barbell and a shoulder hold. After I recover from my shoulder injury. #sigh## I so want to ignore it and continue as normal, but I don't want it to be be the story I tell in ten years about why I can't use my arm. Until then, I guess I just do bodyweight lunges and squats, etc.

08-18-2012, 09:59 AM
Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. :hug: Take it easy!