A group of well-respected Finnish researchers recently assessed the effects of resistance training on blood amino acids, muscle protein synthesis, and breakdown during recovery. The results showed that protein breakdown was actually higher three hours after training as opposed to one hour after training.

In this study, men were separated into two groups; one group performed an intense leg training workout, the other served as a control group. A stable isotopic tracer of L-phenylalanine was used to measure muscle protein and synthesis rates in the thigh muscle in the hours after the weight training session.

When blood samples were assessed during the recovery period, the researchers discovered that resistance training caused a marked decline in blood amino acid levels and as these levels declined, muscle protein breakdown increased.The study showed that muscle breakdown was in fact higher 3 hours after training as compared to one hour after training. The increase in muscle breakdown was equal to the increase in protein synthesis rates witnessed in this period. This resulted in a net negative protein balance in muscle (synonymous with muscle loss).

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However, the substantial increase in muscle breakdown 3 hours after training was probably due to preventing the participants from eating. Nutrition immediately after training and several hours later is critical to prevent muscle breakdown and ignite the anabolic process after training.

The bottom line here is to make sure your post-workout nutrition timing is correct, or you could actually lose muscle from training, not build it.

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Just take a serving of VP2 within 30-minutes after your workout and another serving 2-hours after your first serving. This strategy guarantees zero muscle breakdown and activates mTOR activity that will ignite maximum muscle protein synthesis.

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Muscle Breakdown is Greater 3-Hours After Training

by Paul Delia time to read: 2 min