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speak
05-13-2006, 10:41 AM
i've been searching through the forum for about a week looking for ways to increase energy before a workout (primarily focusing on pre workout meals). I've noticed a lot of people recommending caffeine, but there are also arguments that it restricts bloodflow. Is there a final verdict on this?

TECHO
05-13-2006, 11:20 AM
I consume caffeine in the form of green tea extract in the mornings, then about 1-2 hrs before I lift I drink a cup of black coffee.. usually. Not always. I just don't do it right before because I always feel dehydraded for about 20 min after drinking the cup.
<3 caffeine

D Breyer
05-13-2006, 02:31 PM
Caffeine pre-workout is good stuff, just dont take it too late or you'll never get to sleep.

arya202
05-13-2006, 02:49 PM
You guys think a can of soda has enough caffeine or will I need coffee or a pill?

Speaking of which does instant coffee have caffeine?

RedSpikeyThing
05-13-2006, 02:57 PM
You guys think a can of soda has enough caffeine or will I need coffee or a pill?

Speaking of which does instant coffee have caffeine?

Everyone is different. A can of soda won't give me anything more than a little bit of a sugar high and then I'll crash. The caffeine pills contain about 200 mg, close to one strong cup of coffee.
Instant coffee does have caffeine, but not as much as brewed coffee.

I personally workout in the evening and I would be up all night if I had caffeine past about 8pm. So I don't really know how well it works from experience.

D Breyer
05-13-2006, 03:00 PM
You guys think a can of soda has enough caffeine or will I need coffee or a pill?
Only way to find out is to try them out for yourself.

betastas
05-13-2006, 04:13 PM
Once again, you'll notice more sugar rush than caffeine.

A can of soda pop (355ml/12 oz) has ~40-45mg of caffeine (Coke and Pepsi). It has 41g of High Fructose Corn Syrup sugar.

A 7 oz cup of coffee has the following: (depends on strength and roast)
Drip: 115-175 mg
Brew: 80-135 mg
Espresso: 100mg per 2 Oz serving.

So: If you don't know what a caffeine rush is, go to the coffee shop and order a double espresso and a large coffee to go. Drink it all and wait.

You would need to drink 60 Oz of coke to get the same caffeine that you would from a 12 Oz cup of brewed coffee.

So odds are: No, you won't get the same effect. I wouldn't recommend pop pre-workout. Drink coffee, espresso, green tea or take a caffeine pill.

arya202
05-13-2006, 04:30 PM
How much caffeine does Green Tea have? Or it too much of a variable, depending on how much the teabag soaks?

drew
05-13-2006, 04:36 PM
If you're looking for a positive effect from caffeine, just take the pill. It's pretty cheap and fast. I take one 200mg caffeine tab maybe an hour before a big lifting session, but not every time. In a meet, I've taken 6-7 tabs over the course fo the day. Hell of a crash afterward, but it serves its purpose.

arya202
05-13-2006, 04:37 PM
I'm definetly not a pill person.

betastas
05-13-2006, 07:48 PM
I'm definetly not a pill person.

But you'll drink the crap they put in coke...

arya202
05-13-2006, 07:51 PM
But you'll drink the crap they put in coke...

I meant I just can't swallow pills. It's too hard to take that big gulp it make my throat feel funny. I always take liquid form medicine instead of pill even if it tastes nasty.

seanthadon
06-25-2009, 01:05 PM
try black coffee an hour before your workout.. it helps me

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
06-25-2009, 01:37 PM
I meant I just can't swallow pills. It's too hard to take that big gulp it make my throat feel funny. I always take liquid form medicine instead of pill even if it tastes nasty.
Cut them in half?

Mr. Mustard
06-25-2009, 01:47 PM
I meant I just can't swallow pills. It's too hard to take that big gulp it make my throat feel funny. I always take liquid form medicine instead of pill even if it tastes nasty.

Do you not take a multi then? Or any supplement for that matter?

Mr. Mustard
06-25-2009, 01:48 PM
I take a caffine pill every morning before the gym. My body is kind of used to it by now, but when I first started...WHEW!! I was a madman.

McLaughlin
06-25-2009, 04:29 PM
I meant I just can't swallow pills. It's too hard to take that big gulp it make my throat feel funny. I always take liquid form medicine instead of pill even if it tastes nasty.

I can't understand this.

Must fall under the "everyone's different" category.

joey54
06-25-2009, 04:37 PM
Why bump this 3 year old thread to give advice seanthadon?

XtraSpezial
12-01-2009, 11:56 AM
I stack 400mg of caffeine with 1g of theobromine and 3g of taurine before a workout. Works wonders.

SDS
12-01-2009, 02:46 PM
NOExplode lulzx3

Magilla
12-02-2009, 04:43 AM
My workouts start at 5:30am. Cup of coffee works wonders.

The Gasman UK
12-02-2009, 05:38 AM
100 - 400 mg caffiene (depending on usage experience and tolerance) is great as a pre workout boost. But remember Caffiene increases cortisol and cortisol will 'eat away' at your muscles if left unchecked.

David Trantham
12-02-2009, 12:44 PM
personally i like caffine too, such as 3 or 4 cups of coffee, i usually take some kind of fat burn or thermogenic precontest or yohimbe bark recontest. other than that i just do coffee and save my precontest to supplements