Caffeine as a sometimes workout supplement?

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    Dec 26, 2011 8:47 AM GMT
    Opinions? Ideas?
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    Dec 26, 2011 9:19 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI take 200mg caffeine pills now and then. They work well as a mild thermogenic to help burn more calories while in a fasted state.

    I sometimes take one pill before my workout with some BCAA and then another one when I finish up.

    The most I would take are three 200mg caffeine pills on a daily basis. That is the equivalent to three cups of coffee. Some argue that this can be taxing on the adrenal glands. I haven't noticed any problem with doing this. In fact, my mind seems more alert and I am able to think more sharply when I take caffeine.


    I'm the same way! I don't really consume much caffeine, but you get some Mtn Dew in me and I turn into Bradley Cooper in 'Limitless'. I'm probably going to give this a shot but only like maybe two or three times a week, I don't want to build up a tolerance.
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    Dec 26, 2011 12:01 PM GMT

    For many years I'd stop by on my way to the gym for a Starbucks Grande Cap with demara sugar sprinkled all over the foam. It was great motivation to get me to go do a workout and I really believe that the caffeine/sugar combo was a big help transitioning to the bigger weights. So then times got tough and I started thinking about all the $$$. I don't do it anymore and now the gym high is motivation enough. I'm where I want to be with the weights, but I remember it fondly and I doubt I could have gotten where I am today without that boost. Give caffeine a try--see if it works for you. If so, you may find eventually that you get to a point where you really don't need it anymore. Cheers!
  • Into_Fitness

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    Dec 26, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    mostly if not all pre-workout supplements have caffeine in them as the first stimulant. unless they specify they are caffeine-free. but of course they don't work as well. coffee alone or an energy drink doesn't work for me since they make me crash within one hour.
  • daddysw

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    Dec 26, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    i always have an espresso before i start . . by the time i've reached the gym and got changed, the caffeine kicks in icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 26, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    Caffeine - It's not just for breakfast anymore. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 26, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    Yes. Here's an article for you to check out..
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/how-coffee-can-galvanize-your-workout/
  • suedeheadscot

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    Dec 26, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    I have to have coffee just to give me the energy to GET to the gym, never mind the actual workout! No seriously, it does seem to get me going and various experts apparently say it helps working out.
  • He_Man

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    Dec 26, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    I had a caffeine drip installed in my house. Yeah, I just set it to start at 7:00 AM and it keeps dripping all day! icon_lol.gif

    No, really, I'm so addicted to caffeine. I get major headaches if I don't have at least two or three cups of coffee or something with caffeine in it daily. It definitely helps out with my workouts - it is a stimulant.
  • zenmonkie

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    Dec 26, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    Doesn't work for me. I'll feel like shit if I try to do anything more than 20 minutes in a gym after having caffiene.
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    Dec 26, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    Caffeine is a performance enhancing drug.

    Simple as that.

    - It's a fantastic stimulant.
    - It's a psychoactive drug that is safe and legal.
    - Lowers risk of cancer and other diseases.
    - Increases endurance and decreases pain related to this type of activity.
    - Increases power.
    - Increases focus. (if the dose is not too high)
    - It is recommended by many international sports organisations as a useful supplement.

    Disadvantages include its diuretic properties so u might need an uptake in fluids and electrolytes.

    It's a miracle drug that I think everybody should use.



    But with all that said, it is very expensive and not readily available in most developed countries. icon_wink.gif

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    Dec 26, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    I have my best workouts, when I'm a little "wired"! For me , it's all about intensity, and coffee keeps fatigue at bay and allows those super sets and forced reps to do thier work.
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    Dec 26, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    big props to caffeine before a workout

    lots of studys support it improving your workout

    always do at least a cup usually two of coffee before my workouts to keep my focus and energy level high, only drawback is sometimes I talk too much on it
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    Dec 26, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    daddysw saidi always have an espresso before i start . . by the time i've reached the gym and got changed, the caffeine kicks in icon_smile.gif


    This. I'll have a coffee about 30 minutes before the gym if I'm in the lethargic side and im good to go by the time I get to the gym.
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    Dec 26, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    i'll have a diet pepsi...with the caffiene...before exercise...works good..
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    Dec 26, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    eddie13 saidi'll have a diet pepsi...with the caffiene...before exercise...works good..
    Try Pepsi Max. It's like Diet Pepsi, but a little more caffeine and a little guarana added.
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    Dec 26, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    I don't know much about supplements, but I do wonder how effective one's work out is when I see that particular one climbing a StairMaster & drinking coffee. I just think there are better thinks to drink (working out or not).
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    Dec 26, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    I can get out an extra couple of reps
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    Dec 26, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    As a CNS stimulant, caffeine gives me a nice boost for heavy lift days. I down a double espresso before heading into the gym when I have to push hard.
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    Dec 26, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    jerseywoof said...only drawback is sometimes I talk too much on it...



    Problem solved, see below for your next purchase:

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  • Pr0digy

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    Dec 26, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    How about Caffeine as next replacement of WATER
  • mybud

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    Dec 27, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    I used jack3d religiously...A while back I decided to change over to caffeine pills...they're cheaper..I get the same stim effects...