by Mark G. Taylor, M.S.
Resistance training is known to promote gains in muscle strength and size (anabolism). When the volume and intensity of training increase beyond a certain point (overtraining), muscle strength and size can actually decrease (catabolism). University of Connecticut scientists investigated the effects of post-exercise amino acid supplementation on high-volume training. They found that amino acid supplements helped maintain an anabolic state while reducing the catabolic effects of the high-volume training.