Interestingly, there are a few studies which show that beta alanine is good for fat loss and muscle gain, which is the ‘Holy Grail’ for the bodybuilder. Weirdly, they are not directly attributed to beta alanine per se, rather, they are caused by the action of beta alanine. Let me explain. Beta alanine does nothing to boost muscle gain or burn fat, rather, it buffers against acid build up which then allows the individual to work out harder and longer. The net result of this is of course greater muscle gain and fat loss. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter how this result is achieved, but if you are a bit of a nerd like I am, you may want to know how the supplements actually work in the body.
Is beta alanine the same as a pre-workout?
Beta alanine makes for a good pre-workout. It is one of the classic ingredients for most per-workout powders. The only problem with these pre-workout powders is that most contain high amounts of caffeine. This means that you can forget about it if you intend to train after work. Caffeine has a half life of about 3 hours so even if you hit the bed at 10pm, you are still going to have significant caffeine levels coursing through your veins that hampers good quality sleep. If you think that doesn’t affect you, caffeine can stop you going into that deep restorative sleep. The end result is that you don’t get a restful sleep and you could wake up feeling fatigued, meaning the next day is unproductive and you may even skip your gym session, further hampering your health goals.
What are the benefits of beta alanine?
Beta alanine is found in most pre-workout powders, indicating beta alanine boosts sporting performance. Studies have supported this hypothesis, suggesting that beta alanine certainly helps with sporting performance. Interestingly, studies have found that is does help us build muscle and reduce fat, however; the main benefits seen in the studies show that beta alanine is excellent for boosting muscle endurance. This means you can work out longer and harder. It also means that you can push out that final rep, despite feeling the burn.You can also run or ride those extra few miles to really get the training done. What this means is that when it counts, you will have done the extra miles and kms because you have supplemented it with beta alanine.