Maximuscle BCAA 3000
Maximuscle BCAA 3000 is, unsurprisingly, a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplement. If you’re upping your training intensity or want to cut down on recovery times, it can provide an extra supply of the basic building blocks for protein, cutting down on recovery and improving muscle synthesis.
I got my hands on a tub of Maximuscle’s BCAA 3000 and put it to the test over two weeks of a cut to see how it stacks up.
Branched chain amino acids (L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine), acidity regulator (citric acid), maltodextrin, flavouring, sweetener (sucralose).
Two flavours — Apple & Pear and Grapefruit — don’t give you a whole lot of choice but they both taste okay, if a little chemically. Considering the recommended dosage is only 6g, there’s not actually all that much to taste.
Mixability isn’t bad. There’s no clumping, no residue in the shaker and very little foaming. Again, there’s only 6g of powder in about 200ml of water so we’d expect this as a given.
In terms of training improvements, it’s really difficult to tell.
Personally, I don’t feel like I get much out of BCAA supplements. I’ve experimented with a couple of different products and noticed only very slight changes.
BCAA 3000 was probably sightly better than the products I’ve tried before. I felt relatively good under the bar and judging by the numbers retained slightly more strength than I’ve done in previous cuts.
At £27.99 for a 500g bag (32p per dose), Maximuscle BCAA 3000 isn’t the cheapest supplement out there. Compared to, say, Myprotein’s BCAA tablets, which work out at 25p per dose, I’m not really sure where the extra money goes.
Also, when you consider that a lot of premium whey brands actually come with BCAAs included in the mix, it’s pretty difficult to justify yet another expensive supplement.
Maximuscle BCAA 3000 does what it sets out to do and provides an easily drinkable source of supplementary BCAAs. We can’t fault it for that.
Unfortunately, when you thinking about what else is available across the whole of the supplement industry, it starts to make less sense.
I’ll be sticking to my premium wheys and, if I want to experiment with extra BCAAs, I’ll be adding a much cheaper supplement.