Caffeine research proves that caffeine is both safe and effective. There are many health benefits of caffeine.
I know if you are on my site, then you take or have heard about caffeine. You want to know if caffeine is worth it for Bodybuilding. In this article, I will give you 5 good reasons to add caffeine to your bodybuilding workout.
First Reason: Energy aka Alertness
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant.(1) Caffeine works on brains receptors to increase levels of epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. This results in Alertness, drive, and pinch of euphoria. I like to consume caffeine pre-workout.
150-300 milligrams – 60 minutes prior to workout
Second Reason: Strength
Caffeine research discovers that an optimal dose can increase muscle strength. (2) Caffeine stimulates and activates muscle fibers with greater force. The more force the more strength. This is why caffeine can increase your strength during workouts.
Third Reason: Endurance
There are a variety of ways that caffeine will increase your endurance. Caffeine burns fat during workouts, so when you train with caffeine you burn more fat. Caffeine supplementation may spare muscle carb stores, primarily due to fat burning. This can enhance endurance. (3)
Fourth Reason: Turn Up Body Temperature
Caffeine has shown to increase thermogenesis, or heat production, which helps bodybuilders burn more calories. (4)
Fifth Reason: Decreased Muscle Soreness
Caffeine research shows that taking this supplement can decrease muscle soreness. (5) This is measured in perceived exertion. This is how hard you feel your body is working. With caffeine, it helps ease muscle soreness during workouts.
In the gym, we are here to train and build muscle, burn fat, and shred. With less muscle soreness, we can go harder, push for extra reps, when are muscles don’t feel sore. Maybe we should say Less Pain = More Gain. LOL. Extra reps equal better results!
The bottom line is that research has shown caffeine to increase energy, strength, endurance, body temperature and decrease muscle soreness.
Side Effects to be aware of our:
- increased heart rate
- insomnia (Don’t take late)
- irritability (also due to lack of sleep from insomnia)
- stomach discomfort.
Experiment with recommended dosages, and find that sweet spot in your supplement stack.
Jeffrey Cording, IFBB-Physique Pro