Women are falling in love with fitness and working out. From yoga, boot camps, crossfit, HIIT exercises, and strength training; women are taking up more rigorous fitness routines than in the past. With those more intense workout routines comes the need to supply our muscles with the energy they need to get lean and toned. Which is why many women take a BCAA supplement.
Let’s go over a few BCAA basics and why BCAAs are great for women.
So what are BCAAs, other than a hard to say acronym? BCAAs stand for branched-chain amino acids. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein, the crucial element in encouraging muscle growth. While protein is made up several different types of amino acids, there are three specific ones that make branched-chain amino acids stand out, specifically leucine, iso-leucine, and valine. These amino acids are unique in that they’re not metabolized in your liver like other amino acids, they’re metabolized in your muscles.
So what are the benefits of BCAAs? Why should you take a BCAA over something like a protein supplement? Both are good questions, and the simple answer is that BCAAs encourage lean muscle growth and reduce muscle soreness, but can and should be taken in conjunction with a protein supplement to really see results.
Are BCAAs Good for Women?
Men and women have some different nutritional needs, but fundamentally our bodies still operate in much the same way. You might be asking, “If guys take BCAA and protein to bulk up, won’t the same happen to me?” The answer is an emphatic “No.” BCAAs do not contain testosterone, the hormone responsible increasing muscle size. BCAAs are beneficial in helping to grow lean muscle without making you get that bulked up look. They also help to reduce soreness which is great for when you don’t want to feel like death the day after a workout. With diet and exercise, BCAAs can help achieve that lean, toned look.
BCAAs really benefit ladies who do strength training and HIIT interval workouts. If you’re doing 30 minutes on the treadmill, they most likely won’t have much of an effect. Which brings us back to the notion that lifting heavy things will make you look bulked up, it won’t. In fact it’s more beneficial in losing weight to lift heavy things than just 30 minutes a day on the treadmill. Besides, nobody wants this to happen to them in the middle of a packed gym.
What to Look for in a Women’s BCAA Supplement
Now you might be asking, “Well, what do I look for in a BCAA supplement?” Like a lot of things in the supplement world, finding a good BCAA can be a confusing process. Long, drawn out scientific names for ingredients and label claims can be overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for!
There are two types of ways you can get your BCAAs: pill capsule form or powder. We at Foxy Fit prefer powder as they come in many tasty flavors and are more beneficial to take as a pre-workout and intra-workout (taken in the middle of your workout). Powder forms also tend to have a more immediate effect, which is great in reducing muscle soreness during and after your workout.
With any supplement it’s important to be choosy. Which is why we at Foxy Fit have formulated a BCAA specifically for women. Foxy Fit BCAA is designed to burn fat for energy, reduce soreness, improve your endurance, and accelerate recovery. Our advanced BCAA formula has 11 grams of a 10:1:1 BCAA ratio (10 leucine, 1 iso-leucine, and 1 valine) that helps you crush your workouts. Most other BCAA supplements for women have less aminos and also have less of the crucial amino, leucine, in their ratio (usually 2:1:1). We also added Glutamine to help replenish glutamine stores that get depleted during your workout.
The fat burning blend of Foxy Fit BCAA will kick start your metabolism and help you get that lean, toned look. When used in conjunction with Foxy Fit Protein FOR HER, Foxy Fit BCAA and Protein For Her are the perfect one-two punch to help you maximize your lean muscle gains!