Ultra-Pure Caffeine Stimulant
What is it?
- What is it: Pure caffeine tablets
- Why take it: Boosts training intensity & performance
- When to take it: 30-60 minutes before training
- Benefit: Stimulates body & mind, delays fatigue & promotes fat loss
Caffeine is a natural ingredient found in the leaves, fruit or seeds of various plants including, coffee beans, tea leaves and kola nuts. Smart Caffeine is a concentrated, pure caffeine supplement in tablet form.
This substance is one of the most popular sports supplements in the world due to the effect that it can have on stimulation, fatigue and fat burning.Why take it?
1. Caffeine as a stimulant
Caffeine is best known for its stimulant effect. A large number of us kick-start our day with tea or coffee, and some continue this throughout. But how does this work?
Ingesting caffeine creates an increase in nervous activity which is detected by your pituitary gland. The pituitary gland assumes something is wrong so calls for a hormone called adrenaline to be released. This release causes a number of reactions from your body, which leave you feeling stimulated or “pumped". These include:
Increased heart rate
Increased blood pressure
Dilation of breathing tubes
Diversion of blood to muscles
Tightening of muscles
Stimulation of this kind has been shown to increase performance in a number of ways. Firstly, it increases your desire to perform well and gets your body primed for the occasion. Secondly it reduces your perception of effort, encouraging you to push through your usual limits.
2. Caffeine for fatigue delay
Our body's sleep clock works in tandem with a chemical called adenosine, which is produced when our cells generate energy for everyday functions and physical activity. As adenosine builds up, it binds itself to nerve cells in the brain, which slows down nerve activity, resulting in tiredness. When caffeine is ingested, it binds itself to the cells before adenosine gets chance. Caffeine doesn't have the slowing down effect that adenosine does so tiredness is delayed.
Delaying fatigue in this way can help us both prior to and during physical activity. Many trainers take a dose of caffeine prior to a session to help wake them up or preempt and delay the fatigue that is sure to show its face during the workout.
Athletes taking part in longer duration activities such as cycling or triathlon races, time their caffeine hit to take effect towards the end of their event.
3. Caffeine for fat burning - weight loss & endurance performance
The source of the calories that you burn at any time will be predominantly made up from a split of carbohydrate and fat.
The ratio of fat to carbohydrate burned varies depending on the activity being performed and the person in question.
Both trainers with aesthetic goals and athletes looking to improve performance, do what they can to maximise their fat burning capabilities. The former does this because a reduction in body fat results in increased definition. An endurance athlete who can increase their fat burning efficiency during a race can dramatically improve their performance. By using fat more efficiently and preserving limited glycogen (carbohydrate) stores, runners, cyclists and triathletes can go harder for longer.
Fat utilisation can be maximised through a strategic approach to training, nutrition and lifestyle. Caffeine is one of the wonder ingredients that has been shown to promote this process. The body uses a process called lipolysis to break down stored body fat into fatty acids that are then released into the bloodstream ready to be burned as fuel. Caffeine has been shown to boost the rate of lipolysis and therefore increase the rate at which your body metabolises fat.When to take it?
Like alcohol we all have different tolerances to caffeine. There are some people who chain drink coffee all day long and feel little effect while others may go wild after a mere sip. Generally, those who regularly ingest caffeinated food, drinks or supplements will have a higher tolerance and feel less effect than those who don’t.
If you’re not a regular caffeine user start with around 100mg 30-60 minutes before your session. Monitor how you feel and increase your dose before your next session if required. Bare in mind that your reaction to caffeine will vary from day to day depending on a number of factors including how tired you are and how much you have eaten.
If you are a regular caffeine junky, you may want to start with 200mg, however, you will see better results by cutting caffeine for a week then taking a serving before a session.
Although there are many positives of taking caffeine you should take care when you consume it. Overdosing caffeine may leave you feeling jittery or nauseous. This will pass but is not a very nice feeling at the time.
Once every month or 6 weeks take a week off caffeine. This will stop your body building an addiction to it and will bring your tolerance down, giving you better results when you take it again.