Too Much Is No Good

As stated before, an overabundance of caffeine could prove to be detrimental to your health. If you’re going to be consuming coffee on a regular basis then it’s best to do so in moderation. The addictive effects of coffee are well documented. If your body gets used to ingesting coffee on a regular basis then once you stop, there’s a high possibility of feeling a withdrawal effect.  Be sure you’re monitoring your intake!  Also, if you’re drinking more than 4 cups per day, there are some major side effects to be aware of such as; dehydration (due to increased urination), rapid heart beat, anxiety, trembling and sleeplessness.  Stay under the 4 cups and you should be okay, although coffee effects everyone differently, so know your limits.

So is coffee great for your training?

Well more than coffee itself, it seems as though caffeine is what will have you reaping rewards in the gym. There are obvious benefits and some drawbacks which makes this a bit of an inconclusive issue.  Of course if you’re consuming sugary coffee beverages from Starbucks then you’re less likely to see the positives of coffee. Even so, coffee may be a product that is hit or miss depending on who you are. After all, no one person is made of the same stuff.

Just look at Kali Muscle – he invented his own super caffeinated pre-workout, Hyphy Mud – a combination of instant coffee and diet Coke (or any caffeinated soda beverage).  Kali discovered the drink during his time spent in prison and it’s now become so popular that it’s become it’s own canned beverage now called “HM2.”  Sound disgusting?  Maybe – but like we said, no one person is the same. Maybe you can try it out before your next workout.

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Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.