i have a problem without caffeine

This sums me up pretty well…

Some people live, it seems, on caffeine alone.

They trudge out of bed, yearning for that first cup of coffee. But what about working out, is caffeine, and buying bulk supplements of caffeine, a good way to boost your energy and get you working out harder and with more alertness?

The literature says yes, but you need to exercise a little caution to get the most out of your caffeine powered exercise routine.

According to one body building website, nothing gives you a pre-workout “kick in the pants” like a caffeine pill (Wildman, 2015).

In fact, studies have shown that caffeine pills can increase mental alertness, improve mood, sharpen focus and allow the athlete or body builder to work out longer, harder, stronger, and with more focus (Wildman, 2015). This begs the question…

What Are The Effects Of A Pre-workout Supplement Containing Caffeine?

To learn more about how caffeine might help you in your pre-workout routine before you buy bulk supplements, let’s go over some caffeine facts:

  1. Caffeine is natural, that is to say that it is made by Mother Nature, herself. It occurs in many natural foods, such as chocolate and pomegranate, (Wildman, 2015) as well as coffee and tea. While science can make caffeine in a lab, most of the caffeine added to supplements (including pills and energy drinks) is natural caffeine that has been removed from decaffeinated coffee and tea. 
  2. Caffeine is used by millions of people every day to make them more awake, to wake them up, and to improve their concentration and focus (Mayo Clinic, 2014). According to the famous Mayo Clinic, caffeine is safe when kept under 400 mg a day (2014). That’s about equal to ten cans of cola, or four cups (32 ounces) of coffee, or two “energy shot” drinks (Mayo Clinic, 2014).
  3. Ingesting too much caffeine each day can lead to a variety of symptoms including (Mayo Clinic, 2014) insomnia or restlessness, nervousness and irritability, upset stomach and muscle tremors. It is important that you strive not to exceed 400 mg, or the amount that your body allows without adverse side effects.
  4. Caffeine before a performance has been known to increase endurance, strength, and power (Wildman, 2015; Clark as cited in Crain, 2013). Even the famous trainer Jillian Michaels recommends it to her clients (Crain, 2013).
  5. Caffeine takes 60-90 minutes to get into your blood stream and really pep you up, so if you take caffeine bulk supplements, take them 90 minutes before your workout.
  6. Schedule your workouts early enough in the day that the caffeine can fully work itself out of your system before it is time to go to bed at night. Caffeine has a half-life of about 6 hours, which means that half the ingested caffeine will be metabolized and gone within 6 hours of taking it (Wildman, 2015). Of course, this exact time varies from person to person, so experiment with what works for you.

A cup of black coffee with six pills next to itThe key to caffeine is finding out how much can help you to workout better without causing negative side effects.

You also need to decide exactly what time of dosage works for you – too early or too late may not be effective and may keep you up late into the night. Sometimes, finding that sweet spot of how much and when can take time – and even a few caffeine headings – but when you hit that sweet spot you can get the best workout of your life!

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JosephAuthor Bio: Joseph Green

Joseph Green is editor-in-chief and owner at NutraBulk. NutraBulk specializes in best high quality of bulk supplements for the benefit of everyone's health. He is also very passionate about researching and writing on various health issues. Be sure to connect with Joseph on Twitter and Facebook for more great health, wellness and fitness information.

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  • Crain, E. (2013). Is it safe to take caffeine before a workout? Retrieved from, http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/caffeine-pills
  • Mayo Clinic. (2014). Caffeine: How much is too much? Retrieved from, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678
  • Wildman, R. (2015). Get the scoop on how caffeine, the world’s most popular stimulant, can jack you up without keeping you up! Retrieved from, http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/boost-your-workout-with-caffeine.html

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