Today’s topic talks about Caffeine as an Ergogenic Aid and how it may enhance someone’s performance.
What is an Ergogenic Aid? An Ergogenic Aid is any substance, mechanical aid, or training method that improves sport performance. Today, this term refers specifically to nutritional aids.
When used as pure, caffeine shows greater results vs. food.
Caffeine is a Central Nervous System stimulant, similar but weaker than amphetamines.
During prolonged aerobic endurance exercise, caffeine effects involve an increase in fat oxidation, or usage, through the mobilization of free fatty acids from adipose tissue or intramuscular fat stores. Greater use of fat decreases glycogen storage usage and delays fatigue.
Caffeine enhances power production. From enhanced excitation contraction coupling, affecting neuromuscular transmission and mobilization of intracellular calcium ions from sarcoplasmic reticulum.
Recommended use: 200-300mg of pure caffeine 1 hour before physical activity/training.
Side Effects: Anxiety, gastrointestinal disturbances, restlessness, insomnia, tremors and heart arrhythmias.