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Sports (Basel). 2017 Jun 10;5(2). pii: E36. doi: 10.3390/sports5020036.

Ingestion of an Amino Acid Electrolyte Beverage during Resistance Exercise Does Not Impact Fluid Shifts into Muscle or Performance.

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1
Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA. johneric.smith@msstate.edu.
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Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA. bmk216@msstate.edu.
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Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA. tjp91@msstate.edu.
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Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA. jarountree@crimson.ua.edu.
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School of Health and Kinesiology, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182, USA. rzak@unomaha.edu.
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Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA. mjm639@msstate.edu.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of ingesting an amino acid-electrolyte (AAE) beverage during upper body resistance exercise on transient muscle hypertrophy, exercise performance, markers of muscle damage, and recovery. Participants (n = 15) performed three sets of six repetitions-bench press, lat pull down, incline press, and seated row-followed by three sets of eight repetitions at 75% of the estimated 1 repetition maximum-triceps kickback, hammer curl, triceps push down, and preacher curl-with 90 s of rest between sets. The final set of the push down/preacher curl was performed to failure. Prior to and immediately post-exercise, as well as 24, 48, and 72 h post exercise, cross-sectional muscle thickness was measured. Blood samples were collected prior to exercise, as well as 24, 48, and 72 h post-exercise for serum creatine kinase (CK) analysis. No treatment effect was found for muscle cross-sectional area, repetitions to failure, or serum CK. A main effect (p < 0.001) was observed in the change in serum CK levels in the days following the resistance exercise session. The findings of this study suggest that the acute ingestion of a AAE beverage does not alter acute muscle thickness, performance, perceived soreness and weakness, or markers of muscle damage.

KEYWORDS:

ergogenic aid; muscle fatigue; muscle pump; supplementation

Conflict of interest statement

JohnEric W. Smith is a member of the Dymatize Nutrition Advisory Board. Other authors declare no potential conflicts of interest. Dymatize Enterprises, LLC, provided beverage powder for this study but had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript, and in the decision to publish the results.

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