Towards the end of a rugby game, when your muscle glycogen is depleted, athletic performance starts to decline. You glance at the bench, hoping there’s a fresh option to replace you. The feeling of having emptied the tank with 15 mins still on the clock is the worst. But Ruck Science has the solution. No2 Max is a potent blend of branch chain amino acids. Designed to give you abundant energy on the rugby field so you can go a full 80 without feeling like a passenger.
This L-Arginine-based endurance supplement provides circulatory benefits that may deliver nitric oxide to your muscles and keep you performing at a higher intensity for longer. In rugby, this can be the difference between riding the bench or being in the starting 15 each week. Go from super-sub to 80 minute warrior with Ruck Science’s unique BCAA capsules.
How does it help you?
- increases your blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity
- run, tackle and ruck harder for longer
- deliver energy to your extremities during rugby games
How can a BCAA supplement help you as a rugby player?
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) have a long list of health benefits that rugby players can take advantage of. Our formula, No2 Max, includes a complex blend of l-arginine that can increase your body’s oxygen-carrying capacity. Taking formulas like No2 Max has the potential to improve your VO2 Max threshold, strength and post-game recovery times. What will you do with all that extra endurance? Paint the house? Probably not. But you’ll get a few extra sets in at the gym, so that’s always good.
BCAAs, Rugby & Cognitive Function
BCAAs aren’t just for your body though. Studies by the European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology using the Stroop Color and Word Test (CWT) have shown that using BCAAs during activity can actually improve cognitive performance as well. BCAAs aren’t typically thought of as a brain supplement, but these tests show that taking No2 Max during rugby training or games can provide both mental and physical performance improvements.
BCAAs, Rugby Training & Strength
Studies published by the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition confirm that BCAAs have been shown to improve muscle function, reduce muscle soreness, and decrease the plasma levels of intramuscular enzymes, such as creatine kinase. If this is the first time you’re hearing about the weight training benefits of BCAAs, there are some great papers to read through on aminoacidstudies.org.
Strength Training Resources
When used correctly, No2 Max is the only BCAA rugby players will ever need. But it’s no substitute for hard work. Depending on the kind of training you’re comfortable with, there are many different options for strength training. To help you decide, we highly recommend checking out strengthsensei.com and strongfirst.com – they’re both excellent resources for developing a strength program. If you’re looking for downloadable resources, head over to the Resources section of our online store, which has a stack of free eBooks that you can download and use.