When it comes to reaching your health and fitness goals, it’s no secret that timing is everything. The what and when with training and nutrition can make or break your quest for the perfect physique. The same goes for supplementation, naturally. In this post we will shine the spotlight on some fantastic supplements from the Blackstone Labs line-up, giving you the 411 and letting you know when to take these supplements, for maximum impact.
Before diving into the products, let’s first define a couple of relevant terms:
Insulin: A peptide hormone, produced by the pancreas, that regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, and protein by promoting the absorption of glucose from the blood into muscle cells.
Nootropic: A cognitive enhancer. In other words, a class of “drugs” that improve cognitive functions, decision making, memory, creativity, and motivation.
Branched Chain Amino Acid: Amino acids that promote protein synthesis and turnover, the production of neurotransmitters, the production of energy, and the metabolism of glucose (sugar). They are frequently referred to as BCAAs.
Everyone knows that carbs are an essential nutrient, directly responsible for providing energy, and indirectly responsible for building muscle. When your body digests carbohydrates, insulin is produced and secreted by the pancreas. Glycolog works as a partitioning agent, controlling the enzymes that dictate the amount of glycogen absorbed by muscle tissue, for growth. In other words, the Glycolog guides the insulin to utilize instead of storing the glycogen.
WHEN TO TAKE GLYCOLOG
GlycoLog can be taken any time of the day, with any meal. Ideally, you’ll want to take this with your meal that is highest in carbs (typically the post-workout meal), as ingesting more carbs leads to a greater insulin spike, so you’ll reap the most rewards. This is also great to take with a cheat meal, to ensure your body utilizes the cheat meal for muscle gain, and not fat gain. .
Resurgence is a BCAA supplement, packed with vitamins, all of the essential amino acids and additional nootropics, all to enhance your performance - pre, intra, and post workout. The BCAA component reduces fatigue, promotes the metabolism of fat for energy, and accelerates recovery. The nootropic blend of Noopept and CDP choline helps to promote both clarity and focus.
WHEN TO TAKE IT
As mentioned, Resurgence is great to drink all day, every day. Taken pre workout, it will increase energy and stimulate muscle growth. Taken post-workout and throughout the day, it will promote muscle recovery and growth.
Formula 19 is a unique blend of carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants, and electrolytes. The carbohydrate blend is designed to be fast absorbing, but long lasting. A Glutamine blend aids in repair and recovery. Leucine promotes muscle synthesis. Alpha Lipolic Acid provides an insulin-mimicking effect in that it improves the body’s ability to absorb and convert glucose. Finally, added electrolytes replenish what was depleted during exercising, serving to prevent cramping while aiding recovery.
WHEN TO TAKE IT
Formula 19 was specifically designed to be taken post workout, during the crucial anabolic window for nutrient consumption, immediately after a workout. It stacks very well with GlycoLog, Fast Food, Isolation, and 3-Whey. You can also take this product as a pre-workout meal replacement. Taken this way alongside GlycoLog will yield some serious pumps.
When taken correctly, supplements can give you the boost you need, to reach your fitness goals.