Consider a Starbucks stop on the way to the gym.
According to a new study, caffeine can jack up your workout so you go longer and harder.
While you’re at it, forget the sugar and cream. The latest energy-boosting coffee craze is to add butter to your morning brew. Bulletproof Coffee, created by Dave Asprey, of bulletproofexec.com, promises to add more power to that already powerful blend and kick your day and workout into overdrive by increasing energy and alertness, and possibly even shrinking waistlines.
While adding grass-fed butter to your joe makes it a creamy concoction, some health experts would likely with its proposed health benefits.
Maybe butter-infused coffee is not for you. Well, along with a jolt of java, check out ways to boost your energy before hitting the gym.
DON'T PUSH THROUGH PAIN
No pain, no gain? Think again.
“Unfortunately I’ve seen far too many people have more pain than gain as a result of this philosophy,” says fitness expert Josh Hewett, of top-form-fitness.com. “Part of the problem with an overly aggressive approach to getting in shape is that once you are injured you will have set yourself back significantly.”
Think CrossFit, a controversial group fitness craze hooked on high-intensity workouts. Legions of believers herald its results, and critics decry its methods for inducing injury.
“CrossFit has gained a reputation for delivering more than its fair share of injuries… Part of the reason for this is the explosive nature of many of the exercises involved. Quite often, these fast movements are performed for very high repetitions with minimal rest between them,” says Hewett.
This can be a recipe for disaster, stresses Hewett. “As one fatigues, exercise form tends to get sloppier, and when moving weights quickly in a fatigued state the risk of injury is much higher. Also, in my opinion many CrossFit athletes adopt a ‘don’t quit’ attitude, which can lead them to push to the point of flirting with injury. This is when speed can kill.”
He adds that many of these power movements are very technique-intensive and can take a long time with proper coaching to perfect one’s technique. “Unfortunately in a group setting, even with a decent instructor, it can be very difficult to monitor each individual participant.”
According to personal trainer Lisa Moore, “it’s a tough workout style, but will kick your ass if it’s for you.” She recommends research and referrals when looking for any trainer/training centre, and any participant should be positive they are physically ready to start the program.
“Pushing through the pain of a hard workout is one thing; pushing through pain caused by an impending injury is entirely another,” says Moore, of fitnessonthego.ca. “It’s definitely an eyes-wide-open kind of fitness experience.”
Hewett recommends participating in a well-designed progressive resistance training program using a moderate repetition speed and strict form. “Challenge yourself but take the time to progress properly.”