Using Caffeine as a Training Tool

It’s very common for athletes to supplement with caffeine prior to a race, either in the form of pills or just their regular coffee.

However, with habitual caffeine consumption, the affectedness of caffeine is greatly reduced. This is why many people will reduce and cut out the stimulant for a couple weeks prior to the event.

But I got to thinking, why not just cut out caffeine altogether, and use it to give your key workouts a boost as well?

I do drink coffee and tea very regularly, probably daily. But it has nothing to do with caffeine, I simply like the taste of coffee or strong tea.

The plan is to be able to use a pre-workout coffee as a stimulant once or possibly twice a week as a stimulant for hard workouts.

I’m hoping this has two outcomes:
1) Better sleep
2) Better workouts

We’ll see! I’ve been cutting back for a few days and today I’m just having a decalf coffee. This is completely anecdotal but may be worth a try.



I noticed absolutely nothing different. Blah! How boring?! Of course, this was no double-blind study, but I didn’t feel any different. So, back to sipping on my AM pre-prandial coffee 🙂

More Reading:

Your Science-Based Guide for Using Caffeine to Lose Weight | David Brown at Lean High | “”The scientists discovered, that 50 mg of caffeine wasn’t enough to trigger ANY extra fat loss in the human body.


Kyle is a running coach who works with people all over the world to help them run more consistently & be resilient to injury.

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Nathan - December 10, 2013

I’m curious how this experiment is going. Any noticeable results?

    Kyle - December 10, 2013

    Well it’s been about a week since and I’ve only had a caffeinated beverage before a long run. I’ve not noticed a thing. No differences during non training or training. Of course it will be very difficult to actually detect differences and all changes will be completely anecdotal.

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