Ask The Trainer #122 – Maximizing Kre-Alkalyn, Karbolyn & BCAAs

Ask The Trainer #122 - Maximizing Kre-Alkalyn, Karbolyn & BCAAs

QUESTION: 

Hi. If I’m taking amino acids with karbolyn and isolate for a post workout, and then wanted to add kre alkalyn. What time of the day would I take it? Should I substitute it for something else I’m taking, because that seems like a lot of supplements to take?

Zach


ANSWER:

Hi., Zach. Since Kre-Alkalyn increases the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) molecules within our cells, this enhances message signaling, energy production, cell hydration, and protein synthesis throughout the body.

I believe adding Kre-Alkalyn to your supplement stack could prove to be extremely beneficial. It may seem like a lot of supplements to take, but there’s no harm in combining them. Each supplement operates via different mechanisms in the body.

So, you’re not overloading any particular pathway with too much of the same substance. The only exception might be taking the amino acids and whey protein isolate together, which I’ll get to momentarily.

Kre-Alkalyn Dose

Because Kre-Alkalyn is pH adjusted to accommodate the acidity level of your stomach, the creatine remains more stable, which means your body assimilates and utilizes it efficiently. In other words, there is no need to megadose Kre-Alkalyn the way many athletes suggest you do with an average creatine monohydrate formula.

Research has shown that even just 1.5 grams of creatine per day can be very beneficial. That would equate to 2 Kre-Alkalyn capsules per day. For maximum benefit, I suggest taking 1 Kre-Alkalyn capsule prior to training to help promote power and stamina, then take 1 more capsule directly after to help support general recovery.

Now I want to comment on taking free form amino acids with Karbolyn and whey isolate as a post workout. You can take Karbolyn with free form amino acids, or take it with whey protein isolate, but don’t take it with both.

Free-Form Amino Acids

Here is something that most supplement manufacturers won’t tell you. If you are not training in a fasted state, or you take protein before or after your workout, including free-form amino acids is a complete waste of time and money. If you’re consuming plenty of protein before and after workouts, you’re already obtaining all amino acids your body will require.


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You may be wondering now what good free-form amino acids are then? Well, they are very good if you work out in a fasted state! You see, research shows fasted training, along with intermittent fasting, is a great way to boost your anabolic hormones and melt body fat! This is where free-form amino acids are extremely valuable.

When you’ve been fasting for several hours and you take free-form amino acids, like branched chain amino acids, for example, you get the benefits of protein, but without breaking your fast. This compounds the benefits of increased growth hormone levels, testosterone levels, and rate of fat oxidation associated with intermittent fasting.

On the other hand, if you instead consume protein, you will break your fast, which offsets the benefits provided by intermittent fasting. Make sense?

Karbolyn and Fasted Training

I would also add that Karbolyn would also disrupt the benefits fasting. However, Karbolyn is extremely valuable to individuals who require fast muscle glycogen replenishment for optimal results, i.e., hard gainers, athletes involved in physically demanding competitive sports, or bodybuilders trying bulk up.

If you fall into any of these categories, then I suggest including Karbolyn with either free-form amino acids or whey protein isolate, along with Kre-Alkalyn, about 30 minutes before and then again immediately after training.

On the other hand, if your primary goal is to torch fat and become shredded, then I would suggest training in a fasted state and take at least 5-10 grams of free-form amino acids, plus 1 Kre-Alkalyn capsule before and immediately after each training session.

Unfortunately, many entities in the world of bodybuilding and fitness fail to mention one important thing to consumers. Supplement strategies should be based on individual goals to get the most out of their supplement regimens.

I hope this information helps answer your question!

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Chad Shaw

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