Did you know that 4 out of 5 people consume caffeine daily? Are you one of the 100 million people who wake up to the smell of hot coffee in the mornings or gulp down your favorite pre-workout before hitting the gym?
With the general population throwing down caffeine for a daily energy boost, athletes are left to question if consumption enhances their athletic performance or if it’s quite the opposite? Since, 2004 when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed caffeine from the list of banned substances more research has been conducted to determine how regulated use effects an athlete’s endurance and capacity.
Caffeine & How It Affects our Bodies?
Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant that is processed by our liver and can persist in the system for 3 to 6 hours. As our bodies metabolize the substance, according to the American Council of Exercise, it leads to vasodilation, triggers fat oxidation and further opens the airways to our lungs. In layman terms, caffeine increases blood flow, burns more fat/calories and elevates our endurance (more oxygen to the muscles). Theoretically, it sounds like an athlete’s ultimate weapon for big games, races and events. However, remember that each person may process caffeine at different rates; therefore, the effects will vary person to person.
Overall, caffeine is known to the sports science and athletic community as an ergogenic aid that may STIMULATE focus, REDUCE the perception of FATIGUE and give the body a needed JOLT of energy.
Research has shown that an athlete’s performance may increase up to 5% after consuming caffeine in a strategic manor. If you happen to be a fast metabolizer of caffeine the extra energy boost may truly become a gamechanger for you!
Many athletes already have various caffeine regimens and athletes of all types may have seen these various BENEFITS:
- Improved focus & coordination
- Reduction in perception of fatigue – allowing for longer, more frequent, intense training sessions
- Increased power output
- Vasodilation & endurance enhancement
- Even MENTAL MOTIVATION
**May last up to 4 hours
If you are looking to get strategic with your daily coffee or begin a regimen of caffeine pills for big games – make sure you figure out what works for YOU. Take the Athletic Genetix DNA Test to accurately determine how much you would truly benefit from consumption of pre-workout supplements of any kind. Here is a reminder that, every person is unique. Therefore, investing time and money into knowing how YOUR body processes nutrients and supplements can truly change your GAME!
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