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Coffee as Pre-Workout Drink: Effective or Not?

It’s a question that we all want to be answered. Should you drink coffee before doing your workout?  

It’s a known fact that drinking coffee daily has plenty of benefits. It’s rich in antioxidants, it helps us stay alert and focused, and it even improves our mood. But what if we tell you that coffee is also extremely handy in helping us achieve our fitness goals? That’s actually true, and today, we’ve listed three coffee training benefits that will surely convince you to take a sip of hot coffee before hitting the gym.                   

It Decreases Muscle Pain              

Tired of dealing with body pains after a heavy workout? Well, what if we tell you that all you need is a little sip of hot coffee to reduce all your muscle pain?                            

According to studies conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia and University of Illinois, drinking two to three cups of coffee one hour before doing a half-hour long workout can significantly reduce your muscle pain both during pre and post workout. Furthermore, the University of Georgia's research team has concluded that coffee can reduce post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.1                                     


It Boosts Your Metabolism       

This means that you'll speed up burning fats if you drink coffee before your workout. As noted by Ori Hofmekler, the author of The Warrior Diet and Unlocking the Muscle Gene, by simply drinking coffee, your metabolism can increase by up to 20%.2   Additionally, a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism conducted by Spanish researchers found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-workout burned 15% more calories during a three-hour exercise compared to those who took supplements.3   

It Preserves the Muscle

Who wants to waste all their efforts at the gym just to build muscle? Nobody, right? And guess what, coffee is absolutely the perfect drink to help you keep the results that you've worked hard for.             

According to a research conducted by Coventry University, caffeine helps offset age-related loss of muscle strength, suggesting that caffeine preserves muscle as we age and even reduce the risk of injuries.4                 

Say hello to your new fitness mantra, "coffee before lifting." It's proven effective and it totally helps you achieve your fitness goals. Sip coffee the next time you plan to go hardcore on weightlifting and the caffeine fix can totally give you the boost that you’re looking for.                    

And by the way, for you to even become more effective on breaking your fitness records, try wearing comfortable support accessories like wrist wraps.

References:

1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030916073934.htm

2. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/16/coffee-health-benefits.aspx

3. https://www.researchgate.net/journal/1526-484X_International_journal_of_sport_nutrition_and_exercise_metabolism

4. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coffee-before-workout-exercise-caffeine_n_5529584?guccounter=1



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Giselle A.

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