One of the questions I’m most commonly asked is: What is the best pre-workout to take? Mommies getting back into fitness will ask which is the safest.
Walk away from the pre-workout section in GNC. Don’t even bother clicking the link in the BodyBuilding.com store for them. Go to your favorite coffee spot or grocery store, pick up some grounds, and take them home with you. Not only will it save you some money, but it will save you in your health as well.
Why, exactly, should you choose coffee over that fancily packaged, lab created, expensive stuff on the shelf? Let’s break it down thanks to Mens Health…
Accelerates fat loss
One benefit to coffee before your workout? Its fat burning properties. Coffee can cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. The caffeine in coffee will also give your metabolism a boost, causing you to burn more calories throughout the day. Another thing that coffee does for you? Appetite suppression, which will make you consume less overall.
Several studies have shown a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance. Sports Medicine refers to caffeine as a powerful ergogenic aid, mentioning that athletes can train at a greater power output and/or train longer after caffeine consumption. British Journal of Sports Science found that runners who consumed coffee before a 1500-meter run, finished 4.2-seconds faster than the control group.
It’s not only energy that coffee gives you, black coffee provides an increase in mental focus as well. If you’re focused in your workout, you’ll see an improvement in your productivity as well.
Decreases muscle pain
University of Illinois found that subjects who consumed coffee prior to exercise experienced less muscle pain (and who actually likes DOMS?) during their workout as compared to their non-caffeinated counterparts. What does that mean? The takeaway of that is that you can complete more reps at a higher resistance if you’re weight training, or run faster and longer during your cardio. Boom. Sounds like a win to me, right?
Coffee helps protect your body from diseases. It contains high amounts of antioxidants, and those protect against damage from free radicals. (For more health benefits, read this post from last year https://vanspicefitness.com/2014/03/11/coffee/).
But remember, moderation is key. This doesn’t mean go out and drink five cups of coffee a day, every day, for the rest of your life. Too much of a good thing can be come a bad thing!