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Monday, 23-Jun-2014 02:04 Email | Share | Bookmark
Caffeine Provides A Workout Jolt

Chances are good that a number of World Cup players are seeking to enhance their play with a bit of coffee induced energy. Results are mixed for strength training, but many bodybuilders swear by caffeine. Even if the strength benefits are difficult to assess, using the well-known stimulant prior to a workout does improve mental workout focus and the ability to concentrate. The reason the stimulant boosts performance for endurance exercises such as running, cycling news and soccer is its ability to cause the body to delay using glycogen to fuel muscles. The body uses stored fat and carbohydrates to provide energy to the muscles. According to research studies, the use of caffeine to provide a workout jolt allows the body to quickly begin to metabolize fats. By using fats for energy, the body delays the use of glycogen, which is stored in more limited amounts. Studies suggest that caffeine allows the body to delay use of stored glycogen for about 15 minutes. Instead of using entirely glycogen at the beginning of exercise as would typically be the case, the body uses only 50 percent glycogen. <br>Full story:

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