Thursday, July 3, 2008

Caffeine, Context and Recovery

Would you take a *big* hit of caffeine with some carbs if it increased your muscle glycogen uptake by 66%?

What if you learned that taking protein and carbs for post recovery gave you a 40% improved uptake, would you risk doing the caffeine and it's side effects for that extra 26%?

Over at iamgeekfit there's look at some new research, and some thoughts on same re:recovery.

8 comments:

Playing with Iron said...

My morning routine is:
Wake up
Single Shot*
Joint Mobility
[Work Out]
Shower
Breakfast
Single Shot*

Only the workout is optional :)

*thank goodness for a super automatic espresso machine

mc said...

goodness, that's brave.

Have you looked at this work on fasted cardio, never mind fasted workouts! (though you seem to have the recovery blend covered! way to go)

oy!

thanks for posting.

mc

Playing with Iron said...

Hi mc,

Thanks for the article. It looks like it might help if I added a little protein before my snatch practices.

I've been KB for exactly one year. I've been getting ready for the August RKC since March. I've been doing caffeine for over 40 years -- espresso for at least ten years.

-Rich

mc said...

Fantastic news. Hope you have a super RKC, and can find a decent shot of joe at the cert.

mc

Iron Tamer said...

Caffiene is proof not only of God's existance, but that He loves us very, very much.

mc said...

Amen brother David

mc

Mike T Nelson said...

Couple quick thoughts and thanks for the great info here!

The study with caffeine used a relatively small amount of carbs.

As for caffeine and fat loss, fasted cardio; most untrained people don't have a problem with LIBERATION of fat (getting it out of the cell), they need BURNING it. Training seems to increase the ability to burn (oxidize fat). They may explain why caffeine itself doesn't seem to help much with fat loss (directly atleast).

I have references if you are interested in further details.
Rock on
Mike N

mc said...

Mike,
"As for caffeine and fat loss, fasted cardio; most untrained people don't have a problem with LIBERATION of fat (getting it out of the cell), they need BURNING it. Training seems to increase the ability to burn (oxidize fat). They may explain why caffeine itself doesn't seem to help much with fat loss (directly atleast)."

This sounds like the discussion we were having on PN about fat mobilization and EPOC etc.

What new refs do you have?

they'd be great! share please.

mc

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