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Cyclone: What’s your view?

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There are lots of reasons why you pick certain sports nutrition products, but none bigger than a recommendation. Safety in numbers....It's always good to hear first hand, what people really think. Here's some genuine feedback from our Cyclone consumers.

Nutritional Advice

HMB Dosage

HMB must be supplemented safely to help you reach your goals – Maximuscle offer advice on the recommended HMB dosage for safe supplementation. Read more.

HMB Myths

As a by-product of leucine, beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl-butyrate can only be made in the body when the amino acid is present. Also referred to as HMB, the by-product is metabolised from a portion of the branched-chain amino acid. However, leucine is an essential amino acid, meaning that it can’t be produced in the body and instead it is sourced in your daily diet, especially from the macronutrient protein.

How to take HMB

The general recommended dosage for HMB is around 3g daily, but this should be split up across the day into smaller servings of around 1g. This dosage is dependent on the size of the individual – 3g is based on the average sized gym goer. If you are bigger then you could supplement a larger daily dosage but that should still be split up into smaller servings. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe supplementation.

HMB for Pre-Workout

For muscle maintenance and growth, protein synthesis must equal or exceed protein breakdown. Protein plays a key role in protein synthesis. When protein levels are high, more HMB can be produced in the body.

HMB for Cutting

HMB production can be limited in the body because it relies on leucine being available. The more protein available, the more HMB is likely to be produced. Protein plays a key role in protein synthesis which helps muscle growth. However, supplementing HMB helps to maintain HMB levels without depending on the branched-chain amino acid, leucine.

Effects of HMB

The body must rely on external resources to consume leucine. Usually found in your diet, especially in the macronutrient, protein, leucine is sourced in foods including meat, eggs and fish because they contain the BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine and valine). HMB supplements are taken so that your body is no longer reliant upon leucine availability. You can always supply your body with a sufficient amount of HMB in the form of supplements to help maintain HMB stores.

HMB for Women

BCAAs are found in key food groups, especially protein such as meat and fish – so we can get BCAAs in our daily diet. But with the body relying on leucine to metabolise HMB, HMB levels can be difficult to maintain, which is why some people supplement additional HMB – and women can too.

HMB & BCAA

During exercise, your body needs as much energy as possible for optimum performance. Some gym goers opt to use supplements to support their workout, helping to maximise their desired results. Some options include BCAA and HMB supplements – they can be taken together or separately. HMB is a metabolite of leucine, which is a branched-chain amino acid that can’t be naturally produced in the body. Leucine is part of the trio that make BCAAs alongside isoleucine and valine. However, leucine tends to be the main component, which is why it is usually the highest in the ratio of the three.

The different types of HMB

HMB can be supplemented into your regime so that your body is no longer reliant on leucine for HMB. The HMB supplements come in two forms, and here, we explore the different types of HMB

HMB & Creatine

For any form of exercise you need to fuel your body with sufficient levels of energy. Whether it is high intensity or endurance training, energy and muscle stores deplete rapidly during exercise so it’s important to saturate levels pre-workout and replenish them post-workout. This is why some gym goers opt to take additional supplements in their regime to support their workout.

How does HMB work?

If muscle growth is your aim, then you need to ensure that the rate of protein synthesis is always higher than the rate of protein breakdown. Breakdown leads to a muscle loss, when you are looking for a muscle gain, you need protein synthesis to be stimulated. Protein synthesis requires high protein levels.

HMB for Bodybuilding

Your body can naturally produce HMB, but only when the essential, branched chain amino acid, leucine is present. When leucine is available in the body, a part of it tends to be metabolised into HMB. Although, HMB can be produced in the body, leucine can’t – this means you have to source leucine in your diet through foods such as meat, fish and eggs. The higher your leucine levels are, the more HMB is produced. And, of course, the higher your protein levels are, the more energy available to burn during exercise and support muscle development and growth.

HMB Benefits

Your body can naturally produce HMB, but only when the essential, branched chain amino acid, leucine is present. When leucine is available in the body, a part of it tends to be metabolised into HMB. Although, HMB can be produced in the body, leucine can’t – this means you have to source leucine in your diet through foods such as meat, fish and eggs. The higher your leucine levels are, the more HMB is produced. And, of course, the higher your protein levels are, the more energy available to burn during exercise and support muscle development and growth.

What is HMB?

Leucine is an essential ‘branched chain amino acid’ which your body can’t produce naturally. We source BCAAs, inclusive of leucine, in foods like meat and fish, and additional supplements. However, when leucine is present in the body, a portion of it is naturally metabolised into the metabolite acid HMB – also known as beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl-butyrate.

What is Beta-Alanine ?

Just like Creatine before it, Beta-alanine has jumped up in the popularity stakes in recent years, with an ever-increasing body of research dedicated to exploring the benefits of its supplementation. Maximuscle explain why Beta-Alanine is the new kid on the block when it comes to sports supplements.

What are Omega-3s ?

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both polyunsaturated fatty acids, are known as ‘essential’ fatty acids as they cannot be synthesised from scratch in the body and as such must be obtained from a well balanced diet.

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The beneficial effects of Omega-3 ingestion on health were first seen by scientists in Greenland in the 1970s. Researchers found that Eskimos, who had high fish oil content in their diets, had fewer than average heart attacks and strokes. Since then, a plethora of research has been done to uncover what makes these fatty acids so mighty.

Maximuscle Batch Testing

Sports supplements are manufactured in batches, samples from each batch of products are then tested for prohibited substances. The Informed-Sport programme completes pre-testing of products whereby 5 samples from the same batch are tested to assess intra-batch variation. These highly sensitive tests can detect steroid contamination in the samples at levels of 10 parts per billion, equivalent to 10 drops of water in an Olympic sized swimming pool, whilst other contaminants such as stimulants can be detected at 100 parts per billion. Once certified, post-testing is also completed which involves two finished products from each batch being tested again, giving a further layer of assurance that products are free from contaminants.

The Value of Protein Supplements

Before we look at the reasons why supplementation may be for you, it’s important to understand how dietary protein can help to support training. When your body is put under strain with exercise micro-tears in the muscle will occur. In order for your muscles to replenish and adapt to training a source of protein needs to be ingested to provide the building blocks of new protein, known as amino acids. These amino acids are found in foods such as meat, fish, dairy sources, nuts, grains and legumes, and are also found in supplementation forms.

Natural Pre-Workout For Vegans

It can be difficult for vegans to know what pre-workouts to take when dietary requirements are limited to a smaller number of foods. Here, we provide you with the best pre-workouts for vegans to take so that you have a source of supplementation that can be relied on every time you work out to push you to the limits of your rep capabilities.