Podcast 172: Alex Boivin – BCAA, Periodisation and Muscle Damage


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Muscle Damage

Alex Boivin is highly interested in muscle hypertrophy.

He has a degree in physiology and his research has been into; Mechanisms for muscle hypertrophy, current hypertrophy literature, blood flow restriction, volume per session and protein. We dig into some of this and discuss some details that have never come onto the podcast before.

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  • 03:01 Are BCAA’s worth it? Debunking the myth around BCAA
  • 06:56 EAA better to use?
  • 09:51 BCAA’s calorie free?
  • 12:52 Increase total protein for vegans to counter the minimal bcaa intake?
  • 16:52 Models of periodisation for hypertrophy
  • 24:50 Alex speaks about rep ranges and fibre recruitment. Also, he touches on theoretical models and concepts such as effective reps.
  • 28:11 Continues by speaking about failure and relative intensity
  • 30:35 Metabolic stress and hypertrophy?
  • 37:41 Seen anecdotal evidence that differs scientific findings?
  • 41:18 Relative intensity
  • 46:42 Muscle damage and hypertrophy
  • 55:39 NSAIDS impacting hypertrophy

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