Though it may sound surprising, it’s not uncommon to hear of gym junkies swapping their pre-workout shakes for coffee. But why, you ask? The answer lies within (the coffee, that is!).
Coffee right before a workout can actually work in your favour, triggering your body to utilise fat cells for energy instead of your glycogen stores (carbohydrate reserves in your bodily tissues) which is great news if you’re trying to lose weight. Equally impressive is coffee’s ability to enhance your metabolism, helping you to burn more calories even when you aren’t working out. Increased athletic performance has been linked to coffee consumption too. Chuck the kettle on, we say!
If you’d like to try this pre-workout hack for yourself, we highly recommend our Keto Coffee Beauty Brew. This beautifying beverage will enhance your performance thanks to Single Origin Brazilian Freeze Dried Coffee and Guarana, providing double the caffeine kick to help you give your absolute all. It will also help your body's natural ability to cope with stress with a little help from adaptogenic herbs Mucuna and Withania (and Guarana too!). And added MCT oil will provide an instant source of energy so you can get moving straight away!
For other great ways to support your body before, during and after your workout, check out our list below.
Ashy Bines Nutty Mocha Treats – These little balls of bliss will provide your body with a serve of carbs so you’re not running on empty, plus caffeine to fuel your fitness.
Alkalising Greens® - Maintaining a slightly alkaline environment within the body is essential when it comes to exercise. That soreness you experience in your muscles after a workout is the result of lactic acid build up, and consuming alkaline foods or an alkalising supplement will reduce this build up. That means less pain and more gains, woohoo!
Beetroot Powder – Another popular workout supplement, this powder contains nitrates which convert to nitric oxide. Why does this matter? Well, nitric oxide helps support blood vessel health, relaxing the inner muscles of these vessels, causing them to widen which in turn increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure, just what you need when you’re sweating it out.
Plantiful Protein – Available in delicious Choc Delight and mouth-watering Vanilla Fudge, these vegan-friendly proteins are not only pleasing to the palate, they also include a generous whack of L-Arginine and L-Glutamine to help support the production of protein, BCAAs to increase muscle growth and decrease muscle soreness, and L-Carnitine to support energy production.
Plantiful Protein – Here they are again for all of the above reasons! Seriously, you should give these a try.
L-Glutamine – An amino acid with a positive reputation for speeding up muscle recovery and supporting weight loss, a no-brainer really.
Plantiful Protein – Sick of me yet? ;)
Berry Active Immune – It’s great to push ourselves during a workout, but if we push too hard we can sometimes run ourselves down over time. Top yourself up with this delicious immunity elixir to get back on your feet and into those squats and lunges.
Beauty protein – Available in decadent Double Choc and melt-in-your-mouth Creamy Vanilla, these beautifying protein powders will provide a dose of glow and all-important amino acids to support the muscles, decrease the production of fat and encourage energy production.
Calm Berry Beauty Water – A perfect way to chillax at the end of a hectic workout. Perfect for sipping on while you do your post workout stretches, plus you’ll be nourishing your skin thanks to collagen.
Chamomile Mellow – As above, but for our tea lovers.
So next time you’re preparing to hit the gym, grab yourself a coffee or any of the above staples to get the most out of the session. Time to work smarter, not harder!