Performance Advantage?

cup-of-black-coffeeCoffee is the drink of choice for a few morning class athletes. Bruce swears by it and Andrew has PR'd thanks to it...but is it really a good choice??

Some articles have called coffee "the nectar of Gods" and swear by its and other caffeinated pre-workout drink's abilities to increase performance, though not all of it's effects are positive!

"There is definitely a performance advantage when applied in the correct doses to the correct training. The University of Connecticut performed a study clearly showing an increase in bench press and grip strength for groups using pre-workout caffeine stimulants. Research has also confirmed the increased mental focus and acuity from the use of caffeine. For individuals who are trying to loose weight, caffeine can serve as an appetite suppressant and has been shown to increase both lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and thermogenesis (calorie burning)."
-Dave Lipson, CrossFit Invictus

Here is a list of some advantages and disadvantages to pre-workout (or mid workout like Bruce and Andrew!) caffeine!

Advantages

  • increased energy

  • increased focus

  • fat burning


Disadvantages

  • increased blood pressure

  • adrenal fatigue

  • racing heart/nausea/vomiting