I'll Take It Black - Coffee and Bodybuilding Benefits

October 25, 2016

I'll Take It Black - Coffee and Bodybuilding Benefits

I (like most of the population) cannot survive without my coffee! I need that caffeine kick in the morning, and sometimes later in the day, just to get through my daily life. However, unlike most people, I actually enjoy the taste of black coffee (weird, I know). This actually saves me a lot of calories, however, because even just adding some almond milk to coffee adds on extra calories. And let’s face it, as a lifter trying to build muscle and gain strength, we are ALWAYS hungry. Why would we want to drink our calories instead of actually eating them? So my suggestion is to go for the black coffee! Yes, it may taste like gasoline at first, but you will get used to it. Plus, it has a lot of benefits for bodybuilding!

So how are coffee and bodybuilding connected? Here are four ways that black coffee helps support your bodybuilding gains:

  1. Coffee increases strength when drank before workouts. Researchers believe caffeine masks the pain associated with anaerobic training, helping you push beyond your previous limits.
  2. Coffee helps you recover from intense training. Coffee’s antioxidants help fight the free radicals generated during training. Coffee pre and post workouts will help reduce these free radicals and speed up recovery.
  3. Coffee helps reduce stored body fat. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and supports energy production by using stored fat. In other words, the caffeine in coffee helps you fuel activity by burning body fat.
  4. Coffee is low in calories, which means coffee-loving bodybuilders can drink as much coffee as they want!

With all these benefits, why would you not drink black coffee?! I am such a big believer in black coffee that I drink it instead of a pre-workout supplement. I feel like the only part of a pre-workout that my body really needs is the caffeine, which I can get from black coffee instead. As a health-minded 20-year-old female, I feel as though pre-workout supplements have a lot of other chemicals in them that my body definitely doesn’t need, and they can adversely affect my heath in the future. Many times pre-workout supplements get recalled from the shelves, and sometimes banned, because of the unnecessary and harmful chemicals in them.

So my advice to you whenever you have coffee is to go with black coffee! It has so many benefits for overall health and anyone who works out vigorously, and it is so much healthier for you than any pre-workout supplement. Yes, the taste may be rough at first without your cream and sugar, but I promise you will get used to it (and maybe actually enjoy it like I do). So drink it black! Your body will thank you now and in the future!

Happy Training!

 

Written By: Dakota Canta