The Grind by Axe & Sledge is an Informed Sports approved, EAA, BCAA and Hydration formula. Designed to be used before, during or after training to enhance recovery, hydration and performance.
- 5 grams BCAAs
- 2.5 grams EAAs
- Added Glutamine
- Electrolytes and Coconut Water
The Grind EAAs and Hydration by Axe & Sledge
The Grind is Axe & Sledges BCAA, EAA and Hydration formula. Recovery, performance and hydration is the name of the game. Perfect for use before, during or after training, this formula is well rounded and is even Informed Sports approved, meaning that it is banned substance free.
Incorporating a healthy amino acid profile into your diet and fitness regime is crucial to establishing the protein foundations your body builds on to for rapid muscle growth.
When muscles aren’t provided with the correct or sufficient support they begin to cannibalise and break down. This is arguable one of the most common factors proving problematic amongst athletes while undergoing scrupulous fasting and exercise schedules.
The Grind is for the hardest workers out there looking to break down the barriers for even more explosive, goal-smashing training sessions.
The Grind formula comes in 8 awesome flavours and is completely caffeine-free with a unique option to tickle everyone’s tastebuds while allowing you to rest easy post-workout.
The Grind Key Ingredients
Essential amino acids
EAAs (including BCAAs) stimulates muscle protein synthesis, which is the scientific name for building muscle. However, each amino acid offers its own unique benefits, so let’s cover each one more in-depth.
Besides contributing to mps activation, lysine also plays an important role in both the immune and hematopoietic systems (produces red blood cells). It also assists in the production of collagen — the main protein found in connective tissue — and carnitine, a compound that’s essential for fatty acid oxidation.
Threonine is a precursor to glycine and serine, two amino acids that are heavily involved in collagen synthesis and muscle tissue repair/development. Furthermore, threonine is used to make mucin, which is a glycoprotein that’s important for gastrointestinal and immune system health.
Histidine is involved in a number of physiological functions, but most importantly it’s used, alongside beta-alanine, to create carnosine. Carnosine is a lactic acid buffer that’s highly concentrated in skeletal muscle. By delaying lactic acid accumulation, carnosine can significantly boost performance, especially muscular endurance.
Phenylalanine is a precursor to several neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that help translate signals from the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system. Low levels of the neurotransmitters listed above can negatively affect mood, focus, cognition, and physical performance.
Tryptophan is primarily used for serotonin production. Serotonin is an important hormone that regulates sleep, mood, digestion, memory, and appetite. Tryptophan is also needed for the synthesis of several other compounds, such as melatonin, tryptamine, niacin, nad/nadp, and kynurenine.
Branch Chain Amino Acids
Leucine is often considered to be the king of amino acids because it’s the primary activator of mps. Without a sufficient amount of leucine present, your ability to recover and build muscle will be drastically reduced. This is why leucine is the highest-dosed amino acid in the grind, so you reap all of its muscle-building benefits.
Similar to leucine, isoleucine also significantly increases mps, but it’s also capable of enhancing glucose uptake into skeletal muscle. Glucose is one of the body’s primary fuel sources. So isoleucine may help boost performance and facilitate recovery by shuttling more glucose to the working muscles.
In addition to activating mps, valine contributes to the synthesis of glycogen. Glycogen is the body’s way of storing carbohydrates for later use. Glycogen is mainly present in skeletal muscle and used to fuel exercise or in the liver to maintain appropriate levels of blood glucose. Having adequate glycogen levels is crucial for energy production, recovery, muscle building, and performance.
Hydration & Recovery Blend
Glutamine is classified as a non-essential amino acid since the body can produce it endogenously. However, there are times when your body could benefit from more than it can create on its own, such as injury, illness, or intense exercise. Glutamine is involved in a variety of bodily functions, but it’s especially important for muscle growth/repair, immune system function, and gastrointestinal health.
Raw coconut water concentrate
Coconut water is abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that provide both health and performance benefits. We specifically included raw coconut water concentrate in the grind because it contains several electrolytes, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, that significantly boost hydration.
Betaine anhydrous, also known as trimethylglycine, is a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid that acts as an osmolyte and methyl donor. Betaine draws water into muscle cells, which promotes hydration and pumps. Betaine also reduces levels of homocysteine and increases creatine production. Due to these mechanisms of action, betaine may increase strength, power, endurance, lean muscle mass, and promote cardiovascular health.
Ornithine akg is an amino acid that plays a major role in the urea cycle, along with citrulline and arginine. The urea cycle is responsible for removing ammonia from the body by converting it into urea. Ammonia is a very toxic molecule that’s produced from the metabolism of protein. Excessive levels of ammonia can negatively affect health and performance. So we included ornithine akg in the grind to keep ammonia levels at bay.
In addition to eaas, bcaas, and the other ingredients that promote hydration, performance, and recovery, the grind also contains the following electrolytes:
In general, electrolytes are minerals that have an electrical charge and are involved in muscle contractions, regulating the body’s ph levels, and hydration. Electrolyte imbalances can lead to several issues, such as cramping, fatigue, and headaches. Fortunately, the grind will help replenish key electrolytes that are often lost from exercise so you can continue to perform at your best.