Every Little bit helps. . .
During our 12 weeks of training we have measured Yvonne's progress each week by taking her body fat every Monday.
These results give us information on how to alter her training programme and nutrition, and on introducing supplementation that may accelerate her progress or help deal with the training loads on top of Yvonne's workload.
One supplement that she is currently using is glutamine. Research shows that glutamine helps prevent overtraining, boosts the immune system and accelerates muscle glycogen or sugar absorption, which helps her to build fat-burning muscle.
If someone has a higher percentage of body fat, I increase the glutamine and reduce the carbohydrates post training.
Another supplement Yvonne has been taking during training is BCAAs, also known as Branch Chain Amino Acids.
BCAAs have a host of research-supported benefits, including preventing catabolism, known as muscle wasting. It also stimulates the building of fat-burning muscle.
Military personnel in many countries now receive BCAA solutions to prevent mental fatigue during manoeuvres.