Athletes, if you’re reaching out for your caffeine fix after training…
PUT. THE CUP. DOWN.
Coffee is a great option as a pre-workout. It secretes cortisol into the bloodstream, and kicks your sympathetic nervous system into action, ready to fight through your session.
Now, if you were to get that caffeine fix AFTER you train, what do you reckon will happen?
More cortisol is pumped into the bloodstream, and we continue to stay in fight or flight mode; no time to rest.
If you’re training to gain hypertrophy benefits and intend to see actual progress, you’re not going to get very far sipping on that post workout coffee.
Think Ying Yang; your body craves equilibrium and you are forcing the opposite.
Leave the coffee and allow your nervous system to recover. Bringing yourself back to the parasympathetic state will actually permit your body to make the most of your hard work and be better the next time.