The Personal Trainer | Is coffee good for you workout

The question: Is coffee a good idea before a workout? My answer would be based on these variables: Are you able to drink coffee? Meaning, does coffee give you heartburn, do you have high blood pressure, and can you tolerate the caffeine? If these variables do not apply to you, then coffee can be a great way to get you hyped up to work out, but naturally. A small cup of coffee before a great weight training workout can be the extra boost you need to break through those plateaus.If you are going for a long run, you may want to have coffee at least 45-minutes ahead of time, because coffee can cause acidity issues in the stomach, or cause you to go to the bathroom. That is why it is a good habit to drink this excellent hot or cold beverage with ample time before you engage in long endurance activities.Some individuals who are used to drinking coffee on a daily basis can drink a quick shot of espresso or a strong cup of coffee right before, and if you are able to do that, then that is okay. Don't just start off doing this if you are new drinking coffee.There are lot of people who enjoy energy drinks and if that what works for you, then great. I like to drink just regular black French roast coffee with a small amount of brown sugar because it is all natural, and it is a basic drink that tastes great before exercising.Good luck with your workouts....Thanks,Kisar S. DhillonThe Portland Personal Trainer