One of the most effective pre-workout drinks may surprise you. You won’t find it at your local supplement store. You don’t have to scoop it out of a bottle and mix it with water. All you have to do is get a cup of coffee, minus the cream and sugar of course.
Drinking a cup of coffee 30 minutes before your workout does more than just boost your energy, there are a whole slew of health benefits that come along with it.
ACCELERATE FAT LOSS
The greatest benefit of drinking coffee before your workout are its fat burning properties. Coffee causes fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. The high amounts of caffeine in black coffee will also boost your metabolism which makes you burn more calories throughout the day and having coffee before exercise enhances that effect. Caffeine and other compounds found in coffee also act as an appetite suppressant, making you consume less overall.
Several studies have shown a link between consuming caffeine before exercise and increased athletic performance. Caffeine allows you to train longer at a greater power output. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Science found that subjects who consumed coffee before running 1500 meters on a treadmill completed their run 4.2 seconds faster compared to a control group.
Black coffee has also been shown to increase mental focus. Improved focus will help keep workouts productive and effective.
DECREASED MUSCLE PAIN
A study done at the University of Illinois found that subjects who drank coffee before exercising experienced less muscle pain during their workout compared to non-caffeinated subjects. This will enable you to complete more reps at a higher resistance during your weight training and run faster and longer during your cardio workout.
Drinking coffee has been shown to protect your body from diseases. Coffee contains high amounts of antioxidants which protect against damaging free radicals. A study published in Critical Review in Food Science and Nutrition showed that coffee consumption has an inverse correlation with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain forms of cancer.