Updated February 28, 4:05 PM CT
Adding coffee as your pre-workout stimulant
Coffee was once my "go-to" pre-workout motivator. The feeling I got from the caffeine, and the subsequent adrenaline rush gave more than enough energy to get to the gym, or as my Dad always said: "Son, just walking through the gym doors is the hardest part of the workout."
I ran across this story in Men's Journal, that said: "people did more squats when they drank coffee or took caffeine plus decaf coffee, compared to being given caffeine tablets, decaf coffee, or a placebo." No shit Sherlock.
It continued, “Caffeine can improve exercise performance whether it is consumed before, spread throughout, or taken late in exercise when fatigue is increasing,” says Carwyn Sharp Ph.D., Chief Science Officer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
I am an early riser, so the trusty K-Cup, with French roast coffee is my morning cup of Joe.
But Edwin Parnell, Director of Coffee for Black Rifle Coffee Company and a former Green Beret in the U.S. Army's Special Forces, prefers the coldest, slowest method out there: Cold Brew.
The key to cold brew, according to Aylsworth, is in the low temperature, slow process brewing, and knowing which coffee to pick.
Cold brewing is a long steeping process where the cold or room temperature water steeps with the coffee grounds for over 12 hours. It is a gentle process to extract the flavors from the coffee. It results in a smooth, low acid cold coffee. Traditional iced coffee is brewed hot and then cooled down over ice. This typically leads to a harsher, bitterer tasting cold coffee.
A step-by-step guide can be found here, from Blue Bottle Coffee.
A coarse grind has always worked for us. Do it for yourself on a home grinder, or just ask your barista to grind them the same the café grind theirs for cold brew. Buy one of several types of cold brew systems.
Follow the basic instructions of whichever system you bought, and let the coffee steep for between 12 and 24 hours. Once the steeping process is over, store the concentrate in an airtight container. It should last you at least a week. Just be careful: It's super caffeinated. Cold brew’s immersion method delivers a bold coffee concentrate that’s highly caffeinated and 50 percent less acidic. Simply dilute the coffee extract with cold water or drink it straight.
Then don't just walk through the gym doors; Like Coach Bum said "Kick the damn door in!"
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