Many of us drink coffee daily for the pick-up we receive and extra short energy, but did you know coffee helps build muscle? The coffee it’s self not not help you build muscle, but the caffeine coffee contains does.The great benefits of caffeine helping you build body muscle mass just keeps coming in. Research from the University of Nebraska have reported that weight trained men who were drinking two cups of coffee or a similar dosage caffeine pill, about one hour before weight training raised the number of repetitions they could perform on the bench press, which of course would directly help build muscle.
Caffeine by it’s self or as found in coffee is definitely one of the cheapest substances around and so many upsides to it that it is quite incredible. Even more research has proven that taking caffeine before a weight training session will definitely help blunt the pain associated with intense weight training, but it does not stop there, it also reduces the soreness that comes afterwards in the muscle it self and will in fact actually make the muscle stronger. This is all very good news to bodybuilder’s or weight lifters looking for performance enhancing substances that are easy on the wallet.
In another coffee research study, it was reported that people taking caffeine or coffee before a weight training session allowed them to use up to five more pounds than normal on the same bench press exercise. Being able to use more weight for more reps, for longer periods will definitely put the muscle building factor in your favor!
We also see that the University of Georgia reported that taking caffeine in whatever form helped to lower delayed-onset muscle soreness after leg workouts that used negative training principal. I can still remember the days after heavy leg training and barely being able to walk normal, I did not drink coffee, nor take caffeine supplements at that time.
The key to getting all these benefits is to either take a caffeine pill, like Vivarin or No Doze, or even better yet, just drink a strong cup or two of strong coffee, which is about the equivalent of 200 mg of caffeine. Make sure you do this about 30 – 60 minutes before your weight training session. You should also make sure to take in extra water and electrolytes to off set the coffee/caffeine which can make you lose these important items needed for workouts.
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