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This Is the Exact Amount of Coffee You Should Drink Before Working Out, Science Says

For a great balance of energy and effect.

If you clicked on this, you probably know that over the years there's been a lot of debate about how caffeine impacts exercise. While there's good and not-so-good about drinking coffee, depending on who's drinking it and how, multiple studies have demonstrated that coffee can have the power to help its drinkers get the most out of their workouts. Now a sports nutrition and kinesiology pro shares exactly how much coffee you should drink to experience the greatest effect at the gym.

Jake Harcoff, a kinesiologist and sports nutritionist, told Inside Hook that there's a specific formula anyone can try to get the amount of coffee that's right for them. What is it? "Harcoff recommends consuming three to six milligrams of caffeine for every kilogram of body weight, or roughly one to two cups of coffee 30 to 60 minutes before a workout," the article says. What's the science? This amount of coffee before exercise delivers "caffeine's ability to preserve muscle glycogen, or energy, during prolonged activity," Harcoff said.

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Of course to do this, many readers will have to do a quick conversion from kilograms to pounds. But according to Harcoff's assertion, for a 150-pound individual, the correct amount of coffee before exercise would be between approximately 200 to 400 milligrams of caffeine.

This amount might seem a little aggressive for some people, as it's the equivalent of about four shots of espresso on the low end. For some of us, especially morning gym-goers, that amount might seem like the perfect way to wake up and get moving. For afternoon exercisers (who were recently found to be the group that benefits the most from a caffeine-fueled workout) or nighttime gym cats, this probably doesn't seem like the ideal route to go.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy
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