“Coffee is a beautiful thing. I love it and more times than not, you can see me around the studio with my mug in hand. That being said, I know when to drink it and when not to… and you should too.” - Coach Brian
COFFEE CAN BE YOUR FRIEND AND FOE
Coffee prior to workout is cool in my book. It increases cortisol levels boosting your metabolism and encourages breakdown of protein for energy. It is stimulant that helps you in times of stress. Inversely, coffee after a workout is a no-no. After a workout you are trying to promote the recovery process and lower your cortisol levels. Opt for a good meal oppose to an espresso on your way out the door.
DO NOT USE COFFEE AS A CRUTCH
Coffee should never be used as a substitute for sleep or a good night’s rest. We all have our days where it is essential to make it through but you should not become reliant on it as an energy source.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT
We all metabolize at different rates and coffee/caffeine has different effects on us. Does one cup make you wired all day? You may be a slow metabolizer then. Realize which category you fall in. If you are a slow metabolizer, you should stop drinking coffee by noon. If you are a faster person, I’d say 3p is a good cut-off.