We all hit that dry spell in the gym. It might be an injury, work, or family obligations, but somehow life will get in the way of even the most dedicated training program. A new study shows that regularly consuming BCAAs during your time away from the gym can help reduce the loss in gains that is associated with inactivity. Looking for a way to reduce muscle wasting in astronauts (muscle disappears quickly in space since it is nearly impossible to stimulate it with resistance in a zero-gravity environment) Japanese scientists at Kobe University decided to study the effects of BCAA supplementation on inactive animal subjects. By the end of the experiment, the rats that were given the oral leucine, valine, and isoleucine, experienced significantly less muscle loss than those who did not receive the BCAAs. The study states, "Oral BCAA administration appears to have the potential to prevent disuse muscle atrophy." In other words, "Take XTEND when life is kicking your ass and you can't make it to the gym. You'll lose less muscle that way." The equivalent of the dose given to the rats is 100 mg of BCAAs per kilogram of bodyweight in humans. So if you weigh 180 pounds, that would amount to about eight grams, or a little bit more than one scoop of XTEND a day.