Caffeine Anhydrous is one of the most common ingredients in all of the market leading, pre-workout supplements. From athletes, to you casual gym-goer, anyone can benefit from the performance enhancing aspects of caffeine. In fact, caffeine can be so effective in improving performance that it was banned from international competition by the World-Anti Doping Agency up until 2004!
So just how does caffeine benefit your athletic and aesthetic pursuits? Unlike most supplements that rely on anecdotes and hear-say, caffeine has the science to back it up.
Caffeine has the ability to greatly excite your central nervous system. In an athletic application, that means better muscle recruitment, less fatigue, faster reaction time and higher power output. In fact, these benefits can be seen across the board, from endurance athletes to weightlifters.
During exercise, caffeine increases your heart rate and blood pressure. With aerobic exertion, caffeine encourages the body to use fat as fuel, sparing the glycogen stores in your muscles. That spared glycogen is then available later in thus workout, thus prolonged perceived exhaustion. Not only that, but caffeine plays a huge role in muting the perception of physical pain and discomfort. That could mean the difference in running that extra mile, or grinding out that last rep!
In order to gain the maximum benefits of caffeine before your workout, it’s import to get enough caffeine without going over. If you’ve never taken caffeine before, or you know that you’re typically sensitive to stimulants, start with a low dose. As little as 20mg has been seen to be effective. Depending on tolerance, the sweet-spot typically ranges from 100-200mg for the average person. Any higher than that, and you start risking a decrease in performance.
The caffeine will peak in your blood stream roughly 30-60 minutes after you ingest it, meaning you should be ready to go with your workout. Just remember, caffeine tends to stay in your blood-stream for 6 hours, so if you work out late, it could negatively affect your sleep cycle.