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Coffee: Your New Pre-Workout

Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks around the world, and for a pretty good reason. Coffee wakes you up, gives you energy, and gets your morning started on the right track, but coffee actually has quite a few benefits that are not normally talked about, including the benefits it has when mixed with exercise.

Without the sugar and cream, regular black coffee can vastly improve your workouts and gains. Along with waking you up, coffee has unique fat-burning properties when mixed with exercise that allows your fat cells to be used instead of glycogen for energy, resulting in higher and quicker fat burning results.

It is common knowledge that coffee has a ton of caffeine, which increases your metabolism and burns calories throughout the day, even when you are not exercising. When coffee is added to your pre-workout routine, that calorie burning effect is amplified. But the benefits don’t stop there. Coffee also suppresses your appetite, causing you to eat less without getting that starving feeling.

Science backs up the benefits of using coffee as a pre-workout. In fact, a study publish in Sports Medicine reported that there is an obvious correlation between caffeine and athletic performance. It allows athletes to “train at a greater power output and/or train longer,” which is what we are all looking for.

Lastly, and just as important, coffee has been proven to decrease muscle pain in workouts. A study done by researchers at the University of Illinois showed that the participants who had not consumed coffee before the same workouts had experienced significantly more muscle fatigue and pain, and if that doesn’t make you want to start your workout with a cup of joe then I don’t know what will.