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 Post subject: COFFEE
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:18 am 
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I heard that a lot of pro body builders either drink coffee or take caffien pills before they go to the gym and that got me thinking. How many of you all drink coffee....and if you do, do you ever drink it before going to the gym or working out?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:24 pm 
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Yes! I love coffee!!! I drink it in the morning (2 mugs) and gernerally again around 11 or 12 (1-2 mugs) I do not take it before lifting because I work out at 6:30PM and don't want to be up all night.

I would imagine most who are drinking it for weight lost reasons would due it throughout the day.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 2:33 pm 
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THe only benefit from it is fat burning. It releases the fat cells so they get burned, then you drink green tea extract or ma huang and it will burn it faster. If you go to the gym for Muscle Hypertrophy, theres no point to take it.


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 Post subject: Hmm
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:53 pm 
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Well I heard that people do not take it as a supplement but just something to give them a little extra kick in the gym. Allow them to be more explosive and more focused.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:15 pm 
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never drank coffee.

and i stopped drinking decaffinated green tea last year.

it stains the teeth.

I don't consume caffiene.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:16 pm 
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I'd be pretty cautious on it. THere are certain amounts that can be taken, and then theres some amounts that can be dangerous. Its a powerful stimulant. I have drank coffee before, but topher is right. It stains teeth, the drinking one that is. Id only take it if necessary, meaning to lose fat as that is its purpose. Either than that, I wont take it.


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 Post subject: well
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:51 am 
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I am not really planning on taking it, I do not believe taking in caffien is good. I refuse to take in anything that becomes addicting.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:17 pm 
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I wouldn't reccomend taking caffeine pills as I took them once over 10yrs ago and broke out in massive hives all over my body, my brain was buzzing, and they had to be bought under the counter, it was an alternative to staying awake for an all nighter at a dance club :P Beleive me, my first and last 'drug'.As for coffee intself, well, its the only thing I refuse to give up. I only drink organic perculated coffee, it has a very high antioxidant property, is harvested so that no rain forests, or natural habitations, are harmed, and on a free trade agreement

Coffee can be used as a once off, every now and then to give you a little adrenalin push, but I wouldn't reccommend it in the long term. If you're feeling a little sluggish either in the weights room, or before you enter the gym you need to look at your diet, or your motiation techniques. One natural way to boost your energy levels is to close your eyes, extend your hands out in front of you, and visualise two very bright beams of light entering your hands and coursing through your body. I sometimes close my eyes briefly when I'm jogging and feeling drained and it really works!

As for being addicted, I can go cold turkey off the caffeine and have NO ill effects at all, no headaches, legarthy etc, but that has only been since I have been drinking organic coffee (perculated). I never drink instant it smells like poison.......But it does deplete much needed fluids, every cup of coffee should be replaced by another glass of water. Most of the pro body builders take the supps to dehydrate their bodies giving the appearance of leaner cuts, it doesn't really help them to lose body fat as your body has to be properly hydrated to keep all of the bodies energy systems functioning properly. Plus, you've got the consideration of the extra stress on your kidneys (kidney stones etc). The only way to lose body fat effectively is to increase muscle mass, and aerobic conditioning. Your body burns glycogen during exercise (the liver holds around 500grams), and lipids during rest. And thats my two cents worth! :wink:


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 Post subject: coffee
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 7:48 pm 
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My pharmacology teacher said that coffee puts fat around the midsection, and that green tea has oils that neutralize caffeine.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:57 pm 
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Not Necessarily College. What it does is release the fat so that it can be easily used when doing cardio.


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