Why Coffee is the Best Pre-Workout Money Can Buy
One of the best and most effective pre-workouts isn’t some sugary powder you will find at your local GNC or supplement store. In fact, you can make this particular workout booster in your very own kitchen or pick it up at the corner store. That’s right, you guessed it: we are talking about coffee.
Drinking a delicious cup of joe right before your workout isn’t going to just provide you with extra energy during your sets, but it also comes with a whole host of added health benefits that will make you reconsider that flashy tub of
pre-workout. Here are 5 reasons it’s time to consider swapping your favorite pre-workout for a cup of tasty black coffee.
Speed Up Fat Loss
Probably the most popular benefit of drinking coffee before you get after it in the gym is its ability to aid in fat loss. You see, when you drink coffee before exercise, it can cause your fat cells to be used as your primary energy source instead of stored glycogen. Additionally, the caffeine found in coffee is going to help speed up your metabolism, which will cause you to burn more calories after your workout and throughout the rest of the day. As an added benefit, the
caffeine along with other compound found in coffee acts as an appetite suppressant which is helpful during a diet or periods of caloric restriction when trying to reach a weight loss goal.
Better Overall Performance
There have been many studies conducted the show a definitive link between taking in caffeine before a workout and an
increase in general athletic performance. These studies commonly refer to the same caffeine found in coffee as “powerful ergogenic aid,” that help athletes to train longer and output more power during those sessions. Another study that looked at caffeine where able to decrease the time it took to run 1,500 meter on the treadmill when compared to a control group. Our advice is to drink just enough coffee to gain that competitive edge. The right
balance of coffee is critical, as too much and you may hinder your performance due to increased anxiety.
Coffee doesn’t just give you that extra boost to push past your competition at the gym, but will also helps you stay sharp mentally, too. This mental focus will help you stay on track in the gym and make sure you have an effective and productive workout.
Less Pain in Your Muscles
One study that was conducted at the University of Illinois found exercisers experienced less muscle pain during their workouts when they had consumed caffeine prior to it. From a practical perspective, this means that you will be
able to do more work at a greater intensity during strength training or run for longer periods during conditioning. More work equals more results.
Has Disease Preventing Properties
While coffee can help you in the gym, it can also health you stay healthy long-term as well. Coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants that protect your body against circulating free radicals. According to one study from 2011,
coffee can help prevent diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain forms of cancer. Coffee, along with a healthy cooking and diet, can be a real powerhouse when it comes to keeping
Remy Bernard is the Owner and Editor at Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes. A fitness enthusiast, chef and writer, Remy started missmamiescupakes.com as a way to deepen and spread her passion for making delicious food.