Downing a cup of black coffee before your workout doesn’t just give you an added energy boost, there are a whole slew of health benefits, all of which can help maximize your gains in the gym that come along with it.


Muscles use glycogen, a stored version of glucose, for energy and when glycogen stores run out, muscles get weaker and less efficient, leading to exhaustion. But muscles can also burn fat and when they do, muscles don’t tire as easily. Caffeine can shift muscles to burn fat more quickly, which can preserve glycogen stores and give muscles more time before they wear out. This leads to a longer and less painful workout.


Some benefits of having a cup of coffee are as follows:-


Accelerates fat loss:- Perhaps the greatest benefit of having coffee before your workout is its fat-burning properties. Coffee, when consumed before exercise can cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. Also, the high amounts of caffeine in black coffee will increase your metabolism, which makes you burn more calories throughout the day.


Improves focus:- Along with increased energy to push through tough workouts, black coffee also provides an increase in mental focus, keeping your workouts productive and effective.


Improve blood circulation:- Improved blood circulation typically equates to improved oxygenation of your tissues, which may boost your exercise performance.


Muscle preservation:- Coffee triggers a mechanism in your brain that releases a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Besides the brain, BDNF also expresses itself in your muscles where it supports the neuromotor, the most critical element in your muscle. Without the neuromotor, your muscle is like an engine without ignition. Neuro-motor degradation is part of the process that explains age-related muscle atrophy. So in this respect, coffee helps maintain more youthful muscle tissue.


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