Friday, December 5, 2014

A pre-workout BUZZ

That morning cup of coffee might have more benefits than just drinking it as your normal morning routine. With so many chemical laden pre-workout drinks and supplements on the market, it can get tricky to find one that won't make your skin itch or go a little bit bonkers in the gym. Drinking a good cup of black coffee before a workout can be a great way to improve your endurance and wake up those muscles !!!

One of the primary mechanisms behind caffeine’s ability to ramp up your workouts is its stimulation of your central nervous system. Caffeine can shut out a calming brain chemical called adenosine. The caffeine in coffee can block out these receptors giving you a jolt of energy and reduced pain sensation for better workouts.

Caffeine has some great benefits:

- Coffee has fat burning properties to accelerate fat loss. When consumed before exercise your body will utilize the fat stores before the glycogen in your muscles.

-Caffeine can help with maintaining your endurance levels in the gym and increase your athletic performance.So by letting you push harder on the treadmill or during a spin class, caffeine could help you torch more calories and ultimately more fat.

-Drinking coffee can help increase your focus and intention in the gym. With better focus your workouts will be more productive and efficient.

-The increase of caffeine can help with decreasing muscle pain during and after a workout. By experiencing less pain, you are able to power through those tough workouts and tackle more reps and weight.

-Coffee has the potential to protect you from disease. Coffee contains antioxidants which protects your body from free radicals. Coffee also has a inverse affect on diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease, and diabetes.

To get the best effect out of drinking coffee before a workout follow these guidelines !

DOSE: To maximize your workouts you need up to three to five milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. That’s 180 to 300 milligrams for a 130-pound woman. Brewed coffee ranges from 60 to180 milligrams in a six-ounce serving.

TIMING: Plan ahead and consume your caffeine roughly 30 minutes to one hour before you hit the gym floor so it can put extra kick in your step throughout the workout.

If you have a sensitivity to caffeine, it might be the type you are consuming. Try different variations of coffee to find the best brew to use that works with your body !! Too much caffeine will leave you jittery and on edge far longer than necessary. Be sure to test out the brew and strength level of the caffeine in the coffee !

Don't forget that drinking coffee is not a free pass to hit up Starbucks for a Venti mocha latte with cream sugar and whipped cream !!! Drink your coffee BLACK NO CREAM OR SUGAR for the best benefits !!!

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