Training Tips - Coffee anyone?
Wondering if coffee is good for your workout? An April 2006 Journal of Sports Science (http://www.jssm.org/) study found that caffeine had a positive impact on the performance of male athletes. The group of male athletes that were given caffeine were "able to maintain a higher intensity without undue fatigue," according to Michelle Jones Ph.D. The benefits are greater for athletes that aren't regular caffeine users.
Many athletes find that a cup will make them feel more alert, increase their ability to focus, and give them a feeling of increased energy. Studies suggest that as little as 25 mg can provide a sports performance aid to athletes, while other studies suggest that over 200 mg is needed to aid performance. It really depends on the athlete and whether or not they use caffeine on a regular basis.
Here is a list of some products athletes use to get a caffeine boost:
1) Starbucks Grande Coffee = 260 mg (http://www.starbucks.com/)
2) Caffeinated Cliff Shot = 100 mg (http://www.clifbar.com/)
3) 8.5 oz of Red Bull = 80 mg (http://www.redbull.com/)
4) 8 oz of Black Tea = 60 mg
5) 12 oz Pepsi = 34 mg (http://www.pepsi.com/)
6) One serving of Cafe Latte Perpetuem = 25 mg (http://www.hammernutrition.com/)