Is it possible to skip the shelves stacked with a ridiculously wide range of pre-workout powdered drinks and opt for a simple cup of coffee and still manage to get that heart rate buzzing? The answer is YES.
Now, is there any benefit of passing on those pre-workout powders and sticking to coffee? The answer is YES again.
Let us walk through some of the reasons why…
1 - Both have the same active ingredient: Caffeine
A caffeinated simple cup of coffee can give you the boost in performance you need in your workout. However, be sure to consume your coffee alongside food! Nutritionists warn against skimping on your pre-workout meal. The human body still needs sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to power through your workout session.2 - Improves your endurance
Caffeine is well-known to increase the level of adrenaline in your body. Adrenaline masks your sleepiness (if you're a person that likes to work-out in the morning) and any possible fatigue (if you are more likely to work-out after school or work). to prep for physical exertion. Therefore, if you start your workout right around the time coffee has hit its peak in your body (approximately 45 minutes post-consumption), you are more likely to endure a higher level of physical activity and a longer one. Finally, when you accomplish more during a workout, your overall exercising experience is enhanced! Who doesn't want to feel like Hercules?3 - Allows fatty acid mobilization
Caffeine is also known to stimulate the breakdown of your body fat into fatty acids. These broken down fat cells will be used up by your muscles during your cardio or any other equivalent body burning session. In other words, it helps that number on the scale go down a little faster.4 - Prevents binge eating post-workout
As always one should be mindful of what to consume before and after workouts. When we come home restless, huffing and puffing after a workout, we are likely to grab the easiest thing in our pantry or fridge to replenish our energy. We all know binge eating a is a no no. Here is where the appetite-suppresser, Mr Caffeine, can help.5 - Ingredients are approved by food and drug administrations
Unlike many of the fancy pre-workout powders out there, coffee comes with a simple list of ingredients: coffee, sugar and maybe milk. While some might argue that it does not contain beta-alanine and creatine, it is a beverage whose minimal ingredients are FDA certified and therefore 100% safe and, dare we claim, healthy even (assuming you are not adding too much sugar, artificial sweeteners or processed dairy products). In fact, it's constituting antioxidants, vitamins (e.g. b2 and b5), manganese and potassium, and magnesium and niacin are beneficial to all.
As long as your intake is under 400 mg (~ 4 cups/day) and you ensure you are sufficiently hydrated before, during and after your workout, coffee can be an excellent pal throughout your journey in health and fitness!
Last but not least, with our mount and pour coffee, that coffee cup is quicker, more accessible and more wallet-friendly than those pre-workout drinks.