Coffee Before Workout

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If coffee is consumed in the right way, it can be used as a health and fitness-enhancing tool. Recent studies indicate the athletes who consumed caffeine pre-exercise burned 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise when compared to the control group. Drinking coffee before workout improves the functional benefits such as micro-circulation, pain reduction, improved endurance, muscle preservation, and improved memory.

Coffee gives you a good boost when used before exercise and works to optimize the benefits of exercise. This stimulates fat burning and energy production.

Having Coffee after exercise is more likely to inhibit recuperation. This rather continues mimicking the effects of exercise on your body.  You should skip the pre-workout cup of coffee if you exercise in the evening. However, as it can disrupt your sleep cycle by keeping you alert well into the night.


According to Ori’s research, coffee can increase your metabolism by up to 20 percent, which seems to be in line with the Spaniards’ finding. Besides providing you with a temporary metabolic boost, other functional benefits of a pre-workout cup of coffee include:


Improved micro-circulation:


Recently Japanese researchers discovered that people who were not regular coffee drinkers experienced a 30 percent boost in capillary blood flow after drinking five ounces of regular coffee compared to those drinking decaf according to Health Magazine.

Typically improved blood circulation equates to improved oxygenation of your tissues which may boost your exercise performance.

Pain reduction:


The featured article notes research from the University of Illinois was found that a caffeine dose equivalent to two or three cups of coffee taken on hour prior to a half-hour-long workout reduced the participants level of perceived muscle pain.

The pain reduction allows you to push yourself just a bit harder which is important during high-intensity exercises.

The Journal of Pain is the research from the University of Georgia published in the March 2007 issue. Consuming the equivalent of two cups of coffee an hour before training reduced post-workout muscle soreness by up to 48 percent.

Using naproxen Aleve to put this into perspective only achieved a 30 percent decrease in post-workout muscle soreness, and aspirin produced a 25 percent decrease.

Improved endurance:


A 2005 meta-analysis 5 concluded that caffeine can reduce your perceived level of exertion by more than five percent effectively making your exercise feel “easier.”

However, caffeine improved exercise performance by more than 11% which appears to be related to the reduction in the perceived level of exertion.

Muscle preservation:

Muscle preservation

Coffee triggers a mechanism in your brain according to Ori that releases a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF also expresses itself in your muscles besides the brain where it supports the neuromotor. The most critical element in your muscle. Your muscle is such as engine without ignition without the neuromotor. Neuro-motor degradation is part of the process that explains age-related muscle atrophy. So in this respect coffee may help maintain more youthful muscle tissue.

The featured article also notes recent research from Coventry University that supports this notion. They found that caffeine helped offset an age-related loss of muscle strength again suggestion that caffeine may help preserve your muscles as you age, and reduce your risk of injuries.

Improved memory:


BDNF also activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons in your brain which can have definitive benefits for your brain function. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins University6 found that 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine-enhanced participant’s memory for up to 24 hours.

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