Caffeine works by inhibiting the effects of adenosine which is responsible for inducing sleep. Adenosine has a relaxing effect on the body which is blocked by caffeine leaving you more physically and mentally alert.
Caffeine is not just a powerful stimulant, it also reaches deep into the muscle cell providing long-lasting power and delaying muscle fatigue. It has been shown to boost metabolism through increased energy levels. In addition it has been shown to increase the utilization of fat for energy, especially during endurance activity. Caffeine is the most commonly used performance boosting supplement on the market and is present in most pre-workout and fat burning supplements.
Caffeine is a powerful stimulant only small amounts are required, do not exceed the reccomended dose.
Caffeine benefits performance by:
- Reducing RPE (Rate of perceived exhaustion – how hard you think you've trained)
- Can help improve mental alertness and enhance mood
- Reducing DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness)
- Improving muscular endurance
- Increased energy levels