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Spilling the Beans: Why Coffee is My Favourite Workout Buddy

July 15, 2015

I was recently reading a blog post about some fitness experts’ top pre-workout tips. Five out of six said coffee. Apparently, drinking coffee right before a workout is really good for your performance because it not only gives you a caffeine boost but also helps your body too. You’ve got to make sure that it is a prime and delicious cup of coffee though, you want to get that pick me up as you fill your tastebuds! When you are picking a cappuccino machine, you’ll need to do your research, don’t just go for any, you’re the one who needs to enjoy it daily and have it get you ready for the day.

So as I sit here sipping a pre-run coffee, I was wondering how coffee really does this magic. In short, turns out there are a bunch of advantages to drinking coffee before a gym sesh:

+ makes your workout more enjoyable
+ caffeine boost
+ shown to help you burn more calories
+ helps circulation
+ make you burn more fat

Basically, the reason why coffee really helps you during a workout is that it affects the competency of your blood vessels, letting them carry more oxygen. And if you recall some high school biology class (if the B-word makes you cringe, you can skip this next part): muscles need oxygen to well, do their muscley thing. This is why so many people drink coffee before they start work for the day – yes it’s caffeinated and helps to wake you up, but it also stimulates the brain and gets employees going in the morning. No wonder this Denver office coffee service is doing so well!

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Muscles are made up of fibres made of fibres made of fibres, alllll the way down to myofibrils. These tiny filaments are where ATP (basically stored energy) is broken down, resulting in a little burst that causes the myofibril, and in turn the muscle, to contract. This is what happens when you move a muscles basically. Caffeine is thought to make these bursts more powerful by aiding the ATP breakdown.

Caffeine also forces your body to start using fat as energy rather than your muscle’s usual fuel: glycogen. Studies showed that caffeine users had almost 50% more glycogen left during than workouts than un-caffeinated people (those poor souls…).

Thirdly (and lastly), caffeine has been shown to stiffen the aorta and blood vessels’ walls.This causes you to take in more oxygen which sequentially means more oxygen is put in your blood, also helping the whole fat breakdown thing happen (and also increasing blood flow to your kidneys… which is why you have to pee more).

* Note: I’m by no means a biology student or scientist; this is all dramatically simplified and thanks to my understanding of some literature on Google ad Youtube. God bless the internet. *

Bonus fun fact: Coffee doesn’t actually dehydrate you. This myth is only somewhat true because coffee is a diuretic. It’s not that the coffee is sponging up your body’s hydration, it’s just that coffee makes you pee more out (sorry if that’s a bit crude haha).


So alllllllll this being said: coffee is awesome for not only writing essays into the wee hours of the morning but also for working out! I totally recommend trying this for yourself. I really do feel a difference if I hit the roads after a mug or two of coffee (or four cups of black tea).

Are you going to try this? Have you tried it?

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  • Romantiquely July 15, 2015 at 14:32

    Personally I don’t drink much coffee I’m more of a tea person but it’s wonderful to know of all the benefits! My mom will be so happy I need to share this post with her hehe, lovely post sweetheart! xxxxx

    • Pia S July 16, 2015 at 00:12

      Please do share it! I’m more of a morning tea person to but when it comes to a work-out pick-me-up, I’m all for coffee haha.

  • Gemma July 16, 2015 at 01:01

    I’ve heard of the caffeine boost, but I substitute the coffee for tea (I’m not a huge fan of coffee). I’ve actually been doing this regularly, so I haven’t really noticed any changes to when I consciously drink something before practice. Maybe tea just doesn’t have enough caffeine to have the same effects. Who knows! *shrugs*

    • Pia S July 16, 2015 at 13:25

      Apparently you need to drink four cups of black tea for the same caffeine as two cups of coffee. Maybe that’s why? I’m also usually team tea too haha. Thanks for stopping by Gemma!

  • Albert Wijaya July 16, 2015 at 05:18

    Coffee perfect for those morning when your eyelids keep on shutting down! Great post 🙂

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

    • Pia S July 16, 2015 at 13:26

      Agreed! I try not to over-consume it otherwise… even though I just love the taste. Thank you for reading Albert!

  • Quinn July 16, 2015 at 08:18

    I love this! It makes me not feel guilty about that afternoon cup of coffee before my evening workout 🙂

    • Pia S July 16, 2015 at 13:27

      Guilty about coffee?! Never! haha. I totally get you though, I’ll take any solid excuse to drink a nice cappuccino.

  • Elyse July 16, 2015 at 12:40

    After working at Tim Horton’s (good ol’ canadian coffee shop… for those unaware) I can’t stand the smell or taste of coffee!
    Ok, that last bit is a teensy lie… because I will indulge in the odd Iced Coffee, but only if I really need it. So, with that being said and the benefits being listed I’m still a no-go to this haha! But that is some pretty interesting stuff… here I was thinking it’s just because you get a little kick of caffeine!

    Lovely post,

    • Pia S July 16, 2015 at 13:28

      I totally understand- after working in clothing retail I can’t stand size cubes hahaha. Thank you for reading despite your strained relationship with coffee haha. xx

  • Marissa Conway August 6, 2015 at 00:18

    I’ve just started drinking a cup of coffee before workouts… I honestly can’t tell if it does anything yet but I’ll take any excuse to drink some 🙂 xx

  • Introvertsnob August 18, 2015 at 06:56

    Wow this is so helpful I always thought that coffee before a work-out was bad for you due to an increase of your heart rate. Now I finally have a good reason to drink even more coffee, haha. Xx Daphny

  • Paola August 19, 2015 at 08:33

    I love coffee!!!!
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  • Dara August 22, 2015 at 11:40

    Drinking a cup of coffee makes a huge difference in my workouts, whether they’re first thing in the morning, or after a long day at the office! Great article, thank you!