The Apollo Challenge advocates the use of daily branch-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation to support muscle building and strength gains. BCAA’s play a vital role in supporting muscle tissue through the intermittent fasting cycle. In addition, consuming BCAA’s pre-workout promotes favorable performance and recovery outcomes.
BCAA’s for Muscle Preservation:
When your body is in a prolonged state of fasting as outlined in our intermittent fasting protocol there is the chance that given an elevated state of activity your body may start to break down muscle tissue as the most readily available source of energy. To prevent this unwanted outcome, we suggest consuming 5g of BCAA’s each morning with your Smart Coffee. This technique has shown to prevent muscle loss while following an intermittent fasting protocol. The welcome side effect of consuming your BCAA’s in the morning is that it also helps to blunt your bodies programmed sense of hunger, making it more comfortable to extend your intermittent fasting period.
BCAA’s for Building Muscle:
By consuming an additional 5g of BCAA’s immediately before your Apollo Challenge workouts you will see a notable improvement in workout performance. These BCAA’s will improve your fatigue resistance and help you grind out high-quality repetitions at challenging weights. This will set-up a domino effect of strength gains as you move through your workouts each week. These Strength and stamina benefits are due to improved protein synthesis and muscle energy production from BCAA supplementation. You will also experience reduced muscle soreness as the fatigue resistant mechanisms increase one’s ability to recover following a high-effort workout. BCAA supplementation has been shown to significantly improve serum testosterone levels and significantly decrease cortisol and creatine kinase levels. 
We suggest you consume 5g of BCAA’s every morning with your Smart Coffee and an additional 5g immediately before each Apollo Challenge workout. This will range from 8 Capsules-10 capsules per servings depending on the brand of BCAA’s you purchase.
We recommend the Muscle Pharm brand as it has a LabDoor.com Rating of “A” for its high-quality.
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