Research has consistently shown that the time of day effects a person's performance in strength and power sports. Most of us know that a person performs better later in the day than in the morning. This is due to a number of reasons such as body temperature, hormone concentrations, muscle contraction and the muscles' ability to remove waste products such as lactic acid.
However, recent research suggests that the morning slowness can be improved if a person drinks caffeinated coffee. A study published by Ricardo Mora-Rodriguez et al., used elite athletes and had them perform their max squat and max bench at different times of the day. The first time the athletes performed at 10 a.m. and each athlete received 3mg of caffeine, the second time they performed again at 10 a.m. but instead were given a placebo, and the third time they performed was at 6 p.m. and they again were given a placebo. The study found that the morning in which the athletes performed with the caffeine supplementation their performance increased 3 to 6 percent over the day where they worked out at the same time but were provided a placebo. The study also demonstrated that their strength and power were nearly equal to those they recorded in the evening when they took a placebo.
The study concluded that the caffeine created a significant increase in norepinephrine concentration and that amount was equal to the amount present in the body during the evening trial. Increased norepinephrine concentration stimulates muscle activity. In laymen's terms, caffeine increases muscle strength by directly impacting the muscle rather than having an effect on the central nervous system.
So there you have it, if you have an early morning workout or competition, supplement with caffeine for maximum performance. LuaVíve's Creatine Coffee has as much caffeine as a regular cup of coffee, so grab a cup and crush those am training sessions!