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Ice by Xtreme Formulations


xtreme iceAs a serious athlete you know just how much intense weight training can break down muscle tissue. This is evidenced through the muscle soreness which is felt in the days following your grueling workouts. So if heavy training is what’s needed to stimulate the muscle growth yet at the same time causes muscle breakdown and catabolism, what’s the secret in an elite athletes’ ability to maintain positive nitrogen status through their intense workouts? It’s really no secret at scientists have known of the powerful anabolic effects of Branch Chain Amino Acids for many years. Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) actually have the capability to independently stimulate protein syntheses within the muscles and create an anabolic environment during intense training. They also can tremendously reduce the level of soreness in the days following your workouts therefore dramatically speeding your recovery, which of course is of the utmost importance to the drug-free athlete.

So how do BCAA’s work? During intense weight training the body is normally in a highly catabolic condition. At this time glycogen stores are being rapidly depleted and the liver in turn must synthesize glucose by a conversion of L-Alanine. L-Alanine along with Glutamine make up over half of the amino acid content released from muscles during exercise. Glutamine is released from the muscles not only from free form amino acid stores but also through deamination of the Branch Chain Amino Acids within the muscles themselves. The release of Glutamine is generally recognized as the signal to the body to stop protein syntheses in the muscles, especially during times of stress. Providing Glutamine and the Branch Chain Amino Acids, especially during those times of stress may profoundly affect this signal and allow protein synthesis to continue onward, , enhance overall immunity and digestion. Additionally, ingesting BCAA’s during workouts can help to avoid fatigue by blocking entry of fatigue inducing tryptophan from entering into the brain. Following intense weight training the proper recovery process requires an abundance of the specific amino acids which are affected the most by training, ie: the Glutamine and Branch Chain Amino Acids.

ICE contains the most scientifically advanced blend of Glutamine and Branch Chain Amino Acids available anywhere. Additionally, vitamin B6 is included to dramatically enhance absorption and in fact is an absolute must for proper BCAA utilization. Without vitamin B6 present, the transport of the Branch Chain Amino Acids within the cellular interior is severely inhibited, definitely not something the serious weight training athlete needs.

ICE truly is an amazingly potent anabolic supplement, and above all comes with the convenience of an easy to mix and drink, great tasting beverage to allow for maximal utilization of the amino acid blend during your workouts. Don’t just take our word for it, look at what other elite athletes are saying:


“BCAA’s are a critical component for fast recovery from my extreme training. The best part about it is the products from Xtreme Formulations really do make a significant difference in my strength and recovery!” -Karl Gillingham, IFSA Pro Strongman Champion and World’s Strongest Man Competitor

“As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a competitive powerlifter, I know the importance of supplementing an athlete’s diet with branched chain amino acids. By increasing my body’s supply of BCAA’s, I can speed up the recovery process from intense and grueling workouts, all the while doing it drug-free. BCAA’s should be a part of the drug-free athlete’s arsenal of supplements and ICE is my personal choice!!” -Michael A. Hartle, D.C., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N., C.C.S.P., C.S.C.S.

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