A cup of coffee before a workout can improve performance: Study

Drinking a cup of coffee before exercise can improve performance up to a few per cent.

For all the coffee lovers and fitness enthusiast we have got some news, a new study has found that a cup of coffee taken before a workout can help in improving performance.

In a study conducted at the University of Coventry, researchers monitored the coffee intake of 46 amateur cyclists who worked out about one to three days a week, for a year.

Participants were made to fill out a questionnaire about their typical coffee consumption and on the basis of that, they were divided into groups of two. People who enjoyed one or two cups of coffee a day were placed in the lower group and the people who took four to five cups of coffee were placed in a higher group.

Some participants were given an actual cup of coffee and others were given a placebo cup without caffeine before they cycled for three miles on an exercise bike.

The researchers studied the impact of habitual caffeine intake on three-mile cycling time-trial performance 
Source -International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 2020

Scientists found that the physical performance of people who had coffee before workouts improved by 1.7 per cent. It was noted that performance improved regardless of the participant was a habitual coffee consumer or not.

Previous studies had found that coffee can suppress pain which helps in improving physical endurance, reduce fatigue, and improve neuromuscular performance. Though it remained unclear whether the benefits extended to people who were regular coffee drinkers.

To answer this question, Dr Neil Clark and a team of researchers from the University of Coventry conducted this study. They wanted to study whether regular coffee consumption has energy and performance-enhancing effects or not.

The study’s findings were published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.