COFFEE. The drink that keeps everyone awake at work, and modern society running. Did you know it can also take your workout to the next level? In this article, I will go through 4 different ways on how coffee can help you in your training.
Not convinced? Well, around 75% of the Olympic athletes take some form of caffeine just before their competition.
Before we begin, I just want to point out when I talk about coffee, I’m not referring to those high-fat calories cinnamon lattes from Starbucks. They work too, but contain less caffeine and more fat. Instead, I’m talking about black coffee – no sugar, and no milk.
Well, let’s do this:
1. Improve Training Performance
In recent years, many studies have shown a positive correlation between caffeine consumption and increased physical performance. According to the Journal of Applied Physiology, you could improve your physical improvement by around 5% with just 200mg of caffeine. The article didn’t study the effects of how more caffeine will affect performance, but if you’re concerned about coffee consumption and how it impacts your health, check this out.
In another study conducted for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, they’ve experimented the effects of coffee and found that athletes who drink coffee take 4.2 seconds less to run 1500m than those who don’t.
2. Muscle Soreness? What’s That?
Is the pain obstructing your progress? What if I told you that coffee, or the caffeine in it, can actually reduce the level of soreness you experience when you train? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to say.
Researchers from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research tested the effects of caffeine on several weightlifters. They’ve found that the weightlifters not only feel less pain during workouts, but they also perform up to 50% better in subsequent workouts. Other studies have shown similar results, but noted that taking caffeine pills are far more effective than drinking coffee. Of course, if you’re on a budget, than coffee is still the way to go.
Anyway, the key takeaway here is… if you’re looking for an accelerated growth, than caffeine is key! With this new piece of knowledge in mind, you will now have one less excuse not to do your next workout.
3. Muscle Preservation
I personally think the first two reasons are good enough to take coffee already, but there’s more! Caffeine preserves muscle strength loss that occurs with aging.
Caffeine is an antioxidant, something that has anti-aging properties. It causes the brain to trigger something called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDFN supports all parts of the brain and neural network. In turn, this slows your muscle from deteriorating and aging.
4. Reach Your Desired Body Fat Percentage…Quicker!
The last reason is not too related to the actual workout, but it’ll help you achieve your desired physique quicker. Coffee accelerates fat loss by itself (not that Starbucks business) because caffeine has fat burning properties. There’s been several studies that explored this already, caffeine increases metabolism, which in turn, enables you to burn more calories. Men’s Fitness goes into ways of increasing your metabolism in more detail here.
Hopefully, this article gave you a taste on how coffee can help you take your physique to the next level.
If this article spiked your interest in specialty coffee, then check out the The Coffee Barrister. They can give you tips on how to make coffee that you actually like drinking.