I have vague intentions of getting back on the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). BCAAs sound a bit more complicated than they really are and definitely worth giving a go if you’re looking to take your training to the next level.

BCAAs are among the nine essential amino acids for humans, accounting for 35% of the essential amino acids in muscle proteins and 40% of the preformed amino acids required by mammals.

BCAA’s have been used clinically to aid in the recovery of burn victims and the research suggests that if you are following a resistance-based training programme, then incorporating BCAAs into your diet will help your muscles recover and grow.

Sure, if your diet was absolutely perfect and you knew that you were getting exactly the right balance of proteins and vitamins then you probably wouldn’t need to take extra BCAAs, but let’s not kid ourselves.

The best way to take them is as a powder — mix with water and drink during your work out. You can add a flavouring (as the taste isn’t that brilliant) but you should generally try and avoid artificial sweeteners.

Add about 4 tablespoons to your shaker and fill with water and drink during your work-out.