Need to get wired.

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    Jan 20, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    I am started the new year with one of my new years resolutions to get healthy and kick the coffee. I love my coffee but it does not love me. It gives me some back acid reflux and upset stomach. Now when I go to the gym. I just have no motivation. So I need something that will make me wired. Wake me up and turn me into an animal so I can squeeze out those extra reps. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  • camfer

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    Jan 20, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    Try yerba mate tea or jaiogulan (gynostemma pentafolium) tea. I really like the jaiogulan, as it is very energizing, nice sweet flavor, but doesn't have negative side effects for me. I've never tried it dried, just fresh, but I imagine you will only be able to find it dried.
  • LJay

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    Jan 20, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    Tried plain ol' breakfast tea?
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies that I have received so far. I am not really looking for a tea. I have tried many. They do not give me the boost that I an looking for.
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:51 AM GMT
    Get a good night's sleep and green tea in the morning. Does the job for me.
  • DCEric

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    Jan 20, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    Fruit. I have a piece of fruit before I lift. Seriously. Stop looking at me like that.
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    Jan 20, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    Ritalin works great. No jitters either.
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    Jan 20, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    Caffeine pills. Cheap and effective. Take them along with aspirin and you can get a fat burning benefit too.
  • camfer

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    Jan 20, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    If coffee is upsetting his stomach, the aspirin might not be much better.

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    Jan 20, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    camfer saidIf coffee is upsetting his stomach, the aspirin might not be much better.



    Ok - just the caffeine pills then.
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    Jan 20, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    Does a stimulant (caffeine or ritalin as mentioned) actually help you work out better - or just make you feel more awake?
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    Jan 20, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    JimmyMTL saidDoes a stimulant (caffeine or ritalin as mentioned) actually help you work out better - or just make you feel more awake?


    If I'm feeling tired, caffeine makes me feel like I'm getting a better workout although it could be a placebo effect.
  • MikeW

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    Jan 20, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    From my own experience NO Xplode works as does C4 Xtreme, although they both contain caffeine. Here's a guide to pre-workout supplements. There are some without caffeine, I think.
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    Jan 20, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    Try to find the root cause of your lack of energy.

    Get better rest, eat better (more fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates...), try to be less stressed...

    Drink water whenever you need to sip on something.
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    Jan 20, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    JimmyMTL saidDoes a stimulant (caffeine or ritalin as mentioned) actually help you work out better - or just make you feel more awake?


    Ritalin and coffee are part of my "first breakfast" right after I hop out of bed at about 0500. I then go to the gym. After that, "second breakfast". By then, I've got the oxygen and nutrient perfusion going as well as all the other good metabolic stuff going from the gym time.

    I wouldn't say that I get a "better" weight workout from either stimulant, but it certainly gets my ass out of bed, into the gym, and rocking the cardio.
  • Kel_

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    Jan 20, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    Apple. It makes a better substitute for an energy booster in the morning.
  • He_Man

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    Jan 20, 2013 5:17 AM GMT

    Coming off of a stimulant, such as caffeine, can take your body a little while to readjust. If you have been doing stimulants for awhile, then it's normal to feel lethargic and lack motivation when coming off of them. Eating fruit, an apple, or even, honey before working out are good suggestions, but they won't do the trick for you until your body gets back to normal, which may take several weeks to months.

    Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. Your CNS has been used to riding a high for so long that when you come off of it and return to baseline you feel lethargic. No amount of fruit or food will help recharge your CNS, only time will.

    Top 10 Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

    Headache- A caffeine headache usually starts behind the eyes and then moves up the front of the head.
    Sleepiness- This just isn’t your normal tiredness, this is sitting up straight but still can’t keep your eyes open tiredness.
    Irritability- Everyone and everything gets on your last nerve. It’s best just to lock yourself in your room during this stage.
    Lethargy- Forget about productivity at this stage because you’ll be unmotivated to do anything.
    Constipation- Caffeine stimulates the bowel, so without its daily does the colon gets a little cranky too.
    Depression- Caffeine withdrawal can take away all hope for living. Temporary blues are one thing, but if you already struggle with depression this could be a big issue.
    Muscle Pain/Stiffness- If you normally have some caffeine prior to exercise then during caffeine withdrawal you could feel as though your muscles have weights strapped to them.
    Lack of Concentration- Forget school, studying, brain surgery, or jet engine repair during this stage of withdrawal.
    Flu-like symptoms- Stuffy nose, blocked sinuses and even vomiting have been reported by people withdrawing from caffeine.
    Insomnia- Some people are strange and actually can’t sleep when going through caffeine withdrawal.

    http://www.energyfiend.com/caffeine-withdrawal-symptoms-top-ten
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    Jan 20, 2013 1:44 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidRitalin works great. No jitters either.


    I thought Ritalin was a hard drug? Of ware you trying to be funny
  • calibro

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    Jan 20, 2013 1:57 PM GMT
    have you considered the fact that if you need to introduce something into your body in order to have energy or get motivated, then there is a larger problem?
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI wouldn't say that I get a "better" weight workout from either stimulant, but it certainly gets my ass out of bed, into the gym, and rocking the cardio.

    You've piqued my curiosity: are you taking ritalin merely for the stimulant quality or as treatment for ADD/ADHD? It seems like a pretty strong tool for simply getting out of bed.
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Just target a post, but mate would really recommend Korean Ginseng from Solgar vitamins, you will feel motivated and have masses of energy, it's like an undiscovered gem. Don't have caffine when taking it and if you've got high bloody pressure you won't be allowed.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 20, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    globetrotter2012 saidJust target a post, but mate would really recommend Korean Ginseng from Solgar vitamins, you will feel motivated and have masses of energy, it's like an undiscovered gem. Don't have caffine when taking it and if you've got high bloody pressure you won't be allowed.icon_rolleyes.gif


    I used to drink this Ginseng tea when I worked over seas. It was great. I guess I need to find some in China town

    Thanks for reminding me.
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    krush saidI am started the new year with one of my new years resolutions to get healthy and kick the coffee. I love my coffee but it does not love me. It gives me some back acid reflux and upset stomach. Now when I go to the gym. I just have no motivation. So I need something that will make me wired. Wake me up and turn me into an animal so I can squeeze out those extra reps. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Drink more water.

    Coffee does that to me, too, if I don't drink enough water.
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
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    camfer saidIf coffee is upsetting his stomach, the aspirin might not be much better.

    Ok - just the caffeine pills then.

    If it's the caffeine in the coffee that is upsetting his stomach, then caffeine pills won't be any better.
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    Jan 21, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    JimmyMTL said
    GAMRican saidI wouldn't say that I get a "better" weight workout from either stimulant, but it certainly gets my ass out of bed, into the gym, and rocking the cardio.

    You've piqued my curiosity: are you taking ritalin merely for the stimulant quality or as treatment for ADD/ADHD? It seems like a pretty strong tool for simply getting out of bed.


    I do have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. And, for the past 28 years "better living through pharmacy" has worked well for me in my life. My morning dose of Ritalin is part of what keeps me healthy and happy.