We all know that nutrition is important for training but often people neglect the importance of properly timing their nutrition. When it comes to the timing of nutrition, intra-workout is right up there with the most important times to ensure that your body is properly fuelled with everything it needs to perform and recovery optimally.
Intra-workout products are typically based on the branched chain amino acids (BCAA's) and other free form amino acids. The reason why intra-workout products typically contain all their protein as free form amino acids is because of their rapid digestion speed. A typical protein source will digest in about 2-3 hours or maybe as fast as 30 minutes if you are using whey protein isolate, however free form amino acids can digest as quickly as just 10 minutes. This means that as you train and sip your intra-workout supplement your body is being nourished with the key compounds used for reducing muscle tissue breakdown and repairing muscle fibres.
Intra-workout products often contain other amino acids that aid with improving performance like L-citrulline malate, taurine, beta alanine and arginine alpha ketoglutarate (AAKG). This amino acids will improve blood flow and assist the transportation of other nutrients to your muscles during your training.
To get the most out of your training performance and to optimise your training recovery try using an intra-workout product.