So are those people who always show up at the gym with a Starbucks in hand total pretentious asshats, or, as far as boosting their training goes, are they actually on to something?
Turns out, they are. (On to something, we mean.)
Fitness experts around the world have been touting the benefits of drinking coffee pre-workout and the evidence to support getting a hit of java juice before your sweat 'sesh isn't all just anecdotal either.
Drinking Coffee Pre-Workout Boosts Performance and Caloric Burn
Turns out,drinking coffee pre-workout can help you work out better, for longer, while also helping you burn more fat.Especially if you drink it 15-20 minutes pre-workout. Caffeine can also increase your focus during your workout, so you're less likely to be distracted by an Instagram notification that Sam Heughan or Travis Fimmel has just posted a new story, and more likely to keep your eyes on the prize.
The result of this increase in performance is an increase in caloric burn. It makes sense: if you're working hard--squatting heavier and lower, jumping higher, pushing for longer--you're going to burn more calories.
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And, unlike other erogenic aids (fancy word for a substance that boosts athletic performance), coffee is relatively safe--especially if youdrink organic coffee, which doesn't have the chemical loads of non-organic brew--and keep your consumption to under two cups a day.
This said, not everyone should slam back coffee pre-workout.
Who Shouldn't Drink Coffee Pre-Workout?
If you're not a coffee drinker (by necessity or choice), you probably start drinking coffee pre-workout now. For instance, coffee makes some people irritable, anxious and uneasy: if this is you, drinking coffee pre-workout will just lead to an irritated, anxious and uneasy sweat 'sesh.
Likewise, if you have adrenal fatigue, you need to lay off the stimulants altogether, including java, or you could risk adrenal failure, which is when your adrenal glands (the glands on top of your kidneys that maintain the life-sustaining hormone balance), stop working.
Hardly worth it, right?
Especially when there are other hot bevies you can use to fuel better performance. Green tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea, licorice root tea and rooibos tea can all give you a boost of energy, with less or no caffeine.
Learn more:The Best Teas for Weight Loss.
Other ways to boost performance pre-workout include getting a good night's sleep, being hydrated and listening to music that motivates you while you sweat it out.
Do you drink coffee pre-workout? What's your experience with it? Tell us in the comments!