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Does Caffeine Improve Athletic Performance?

The answer is… Yes. image Turns out there is oodles and oodles of info out there on the subject. I found an interesting article at groundupstrength.com For as much research that has been done on the subject, it is not known exactly how caffeine affects us. However, there are a few conclusions that seem to keep coming up. It was shown caffeine can help burn fatty acids instead of muscle glycogen during high intensity exercise. Caffeine increases plasma B endorphins which can numb your ability to feel pain. Could be handy in any number of sports. There is inconclusive evidence to show caffeine is helpful to a strength and power athlete. However, it is argued that this may be due to different training protocols. Caffeine's rise in performance tied to athletics seems to not extend to people who live sedentary lifestyles. Dehydration is not a huge factor. It is helpful that the athlete is hydrated before they ingest it. Caffeine's has a greater effect if taken in a anhydrous state. This means not in liquid form (pills instead of yummy coffee). The magic dose seems to be 3-6 mg per kilogram of bodyweight. Caffeine is an effective performance booster in time trial type endeavours or other high intensity exercise ("Team sports such a soccer or rugby, both of which are categorized by intermittent activity within a period of prolonged duration"). Interesting stuff. So would it be helpful to a CrossFit? Should we be hocking up on caffeine pills before wods? The answer I'm giving is no. Like everything in life the answer lies somewhere in between. Enjoy your cup of coffee or tea and walk through the blue door. Monday's Workout: Skill/Tech: Push Press 3,3,3,3,3 Workout: From the 2010 Canadian Regional Qualifier for the CrossFit Games. 35 Wall Balls (20/14 lbs) 20 Pull Ups 4 Rounds for time - 15 minute cut off The ball must hit the wall above the white line. Your chin must break the plane above the bar. We are also going to try something different this week. Punky and I were talking about how hard double unders are to do when you are totally exhausted. So we came up with doing 50 double unders immediately after finishing your workout (start within 10-15 seconds). We tried it last week and it was challenging. Give it a go. Remember not to allow those double unders to effect your effort in the workout. Love Sheppy