To Drink or Not to Drink Coffee Before a Workout?

A lot of us can’t function without coffee. If one doesn’t get their first cup in the morning,  it’s pretty certain they wont make it through an entire day.

While many are dependent on caffeine to fuel them for work, how about before a work out? Well, it’s a debate that’s been going on for years. Others say it’s ultimately good for you as it is a stimulant. Some would say that it won’t really help you out in the long run.

In order to weigh in on the verdict, let’s take a look at its pros and cons.

Pros

  1. A study by the Australian Institute of Sport Team found that those who consume coffee before a workout end up using their fat as energy source as opposed to the carbohydrate sugars. This of course means people to end up using their stored fat as an extra fuel to keep on working out and burning more at the same time.
  2. A recent study by the University of Illinois found that coffee reduces the build up of lactic acid, which causes the burning sensation when working out. This means that those who drink coffee before training reduces the burning felt by the muscles during workout.
  3. Another British study mentioned that those who drink sugar-free coffee before working out can do more reps for a longer period of time without getting easily exhausted.

Cons

  1. A study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology states that coffee can ultimately impair someone’s ability to work out as it reduce the amount of blood flow reaching the heart. This means less oxygen and fewer nutrients.
  2. According to NCAA and USOC, drinking coffee can cause tremors, decreased hand steadiness as well as withdrawal symptoms. That’s why these institutions consider it as a restricted substance but not a banned one.
  3. Another study supplemented by the American College of Cardiology states that people are more alert and aware but this doesn’t mean you are performing any better. It’s just your mind saying that you are more focused.

There’s still a lot to be debated about consuming coffee before work out. Some would suggest to drink green tea instead as it reduces oxidative stress experienced during work out. Others would suggest just drinking a decaf if you really need to have your fix. Ultimately, drinking water is still the top suggestion, which of course would be the better choice at any given day.

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