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Caffeine: The Bodybuilder’s Best Friend

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Caffeine has been demonised over the last few years and wrongfully so.

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It’s classed as a psychoactive drug and blocks the effects of adenosine which sends signals to your brain that you’re tired. This is why it makes you more alert. That mental clarity and focus is important when you train to enable you to get the most out of your workouts.

Studies by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had subjects not only increasing their one rep max, but were also able to do more reps on 80% of their 1RM  if they had had a caffeinated drink one hour prior to training.

Caffeine also forces the body’s fat deposits to release into the bloodstream to be utilised for energy. It also raises the basal metabolic rate which in turn burns more body fat.

It also widens the airways in the lungs- and an increased oxygen uptake is important in any exercise regime. This goes hand in hand with the increased nitric oxide production which dilates the blood vessels promoting increased blood flow to the working muscles.

Caffeine can also boost glycogen storage and an Australian study showed that subjects who consumed caffeine with post workout carbs had a 70% in muscle glycogen levels  that those who just consumed carbs.

No, we don’t have a coffee shop here at Broadway Gym, we just like coffee.

Yoga and Bodybuilding

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This could sound contradictory, but the two are not mutually exclusive.

Yoga has so many benefits for the average bodybuilder, it’s unbelievable.

  • Firstly stretching the fascia promotes muscle growth.
  • Stretching the muscle fibres help contraction.
  • Increased mobility allow you to work the muscles through a greater range of motion.
  • Realigning the body is essential for symmetry and posture.
  • Strengthening the core without overdeveloping the obliques will give you rock hard abs and help prevent back injuries.
  • The relaxation techniques lower your cortisol levels and promote the release of serotonin.
  • Low cortisol level are also associated with the production of female and male hormones –testosterone

At Broadway Gym we have the privilege of having Dr. Richard Allen who is a first class and renown yoga instructor. He has been associated with us for many years and is a valued member of our team.

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