Addicted To Pre-Workout Supplements. While the kick that a cup of coffee offers is unpaparallel for coffee lovers, caffeine is also a popular ‘pre-workout’ supplement. Some drink it straight up while some take it in the form of pre-workout supplements sold by supplement companies in the form of powder. Some even prefer to consume black coffee shots before their workout. But, things get out of hand when people can’t workout without caffeine in their system and are confused as to why. Here, let me make it simpler for you.
How Does Caffeine Work In The Body?
When you consume caffeine in any form, it is quickly absorbed by the body through the gastro intestinal tract and enters the bloodstream within 45 minutes. Caffeine makes the body release the antagonist of adenosine receptors that does not let the body enter the ‘relaxing’ zone. Caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine so that the body does not enter relaxation mode. It’s forced to stay alert instead. This is how caffeine affects your mind. Caffeine also increases the stimulatory effects of the heart by increasing coronary blood flow.
Caffeine As A Pre-Workout
Every pre-workout supplement contains caffeine, since caffeine freshens you up, even if you are feeling tired. So, when you dunk down a scoop of pre-workout mix which usually contains around 200 to 300 mg of caffeine, you feel super charged. It is this psychological effect that helps you focus and push harder, even at times when you don’t want to. Also, some studies suggest that caffeine can improve muscle contractions, improve endurance performance and increase tolerance to fatigue.
Use Caffeine, Don’t LIVE On It!
Pre-workout abuse and addiction is pretty common. You must have heard gym dudes complaining that no pre-workout hits them anymore. That’s because they have developed a tolerance for caffeine because of prolonged usage. Instead of keeping it steady and cycling it, dudes start increasing the dosage with time. This is because the body gets used to the same level of stimulants and start releasing more adenosine receptors, making the same (100mg) dosage less effective. Then they increase the dosage to 200mg and 300mg and ultimately plateau. This is how caffeine is abused.
Safe Dosage And Alternative To Pre-Workout
Upto 400mg of caffeine per day is a safe dosage for a healthy adult. However, some people start getting heart palpitations with dosages as low as 300mg per serving. Therefore, dosage is a personal choice. Though people have consumed pre-workouts that contain a lot of fillers along with caffeine, a natural cup of coffee will also offer the same advantage. The only condition is that you need to take this cup of black coffee without sugar and milk. It will give you the same kick.
The Best Way To Use Pre-Workout Supplements
The best way to use caffeine as a stimulant is to take a lower dosage for a few weeks and then go off of it. Get the drift? It’s called pre-workout cycling. This will maintain your body’s sensitiveness towards caffeine and won’t get you addicted while giving you all the benefits