Coffee is a Great Way to Boost Your Workouts

Coffee is an amazing drink, and it’s been found to boost cognitive function, mood, and (obviously) energy. Most of us casually enjoy a cup in the morning or afternoon, but did you know that coffee can be a great alternative to traditional pre-workout supplements?

The body quickly absorbs caffeine—99% within 45 minutes—and it has a half-life of 4-6 hours (meaning the concentration of caffeine in your body will be reduced by half every 4-6 hours). Thus, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you might want to avoid coffee in the evening. Although coffee can be used to boost any workout, the most common types that come to mind are running, biking, lifting weights, crossfit, pilates, etc…

Benefits

As a pre-workout, coffee should be consumed about 30-45 minutes prior to exercise. Here are a few of the benefits you can look forward to:

  • accelerated fat loss

  • training at a greater intensity

  • maintaining a high power output for longer

  • appetite suppression

How

If you’re a regular coffee drinker you’re probably familiar with the many different ways of enjoying it. Here are a few simple ways to consume coffee as a pre-workout:

  • Straight espresso (1-2 shots)

  • Traditional macchiato (not Dunkin Donuts style, lol)

  • Black coffee

  • Protein shake with coffee, protein, banana, and stevia

So, think twice the next time you reach for one of those pre-workout supplements (especially if you don’t really understand the ingredients) and opt for an invigorating cup of coffee instead!