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Coffee: your new training buddy?

If you are looking for something to help take your workouts to new levels then coffee could be just what you are looking for.

There are many different reasons people attend the gym but they all boil down to one thing, becoming happier. I am asked all the time what supplements I use and how and when I use them. The truth is, there is very little concrete evidence in exercise supplementation and most of the research is carried out by the manufacturers of the supplements themselves. With this in mind, I thought I would write a short piece about something that is readily available, not hugely expensive and can give you a little nudge in the right direction for your workouts, black coffee..........

Assist with fat loss

Drinking black coffee before you workout can increase the amount of fat cells your body uses for energy as opposed to stores of glycogen which are the body’s preferred energy source. On top of this, the caffeine contained in the black coffee increases your heart rate and therefore your metabolism. This means that your body burns more calories which will help with burning fat.

It has also been suggested that black coffee contains compounds that act as an appetite suppressant, helping you to consume less calories overall.

Better performance

Several sports and exercise medicine journals have documented athletic performance improvements linked to caffeine. One example of this is from the British Journal of Sports Science who found that after consuming coffee athletes were able to perform a 1500m run on a treadmill on average 4.2 seconds faster than an un-caffeinated performance. Not a huge increase you may be thinking but it is an increase!

Along with the physical improvements shown, black coffee can improve your mental alertness which can give you increased focus to help you move that little bit faster or squeeze that last extra rep.

Possible reduced muscle pain

Studies claim to have found a link showing that athletes who consume black coffee before a training session experienced less muscle pain and fatigue compared to those who didn’t. This could mean that you are able to work harder for longer.

The downside to this is that if indeed coffee does reduce muscular pain, it may well mask severity of injuries and allow you to train on through them which will only serve to exacerbate the problem.

All in all, if you are looking for an extra kick to help with your workouts try a cup of black coffee 30-60 minutes before your workout and see if you can notice the difference.

Do not consume caffeine before exercise if you suffer from high blood pressure, headaches or dizziness. Always consult your GP for advice.

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