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Have people told you to limit or eliminate caffeine from your pre-workout if you want to enhance your muscle pumps and vasodilation? There has been much debate on the subject and for the longest time, people have been spreading that caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and that consuming it with your pre-workout will reduce blood flow and essentially hinder the ability to achieve muscle pumps.
Well, that’s not exactly the case. Here’s what you need to know…
You were led to believe that caffeine was only good for one thing – energy. While caffeine can absolutely help generate more energy and allow you to increase your performance in the gym, it can also stimulate nitric oxide production to provide you with insane muscle pumps during your workout.
When you break things down and take a closer look, caffeine has the ability to increase nitric oxide production in the endothelial tissue which opens the floodgates and allows for greater blood flow into muscle tissues. How this happens is that when caffeine is consumed, it stimulates the release of calcium ions. When the calcium ions are released, it starts a domino effect where it causes the formation of calmodulin and then activates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Once eNOS is activated, it can then flip the switch to turn on nitric oxide (NO) production.
Here’s where the misunderstanding takes place. When you take caffeine, the initial response is that caffeine DOES cause muscle cells to constrict. However, this is short-lived and does not last long before causing a significant increase in vasodilation. So, while the statement that caffeine is vasoconstrictive is true, it’s only partially true since it then helps release calcium ions to kickstart the vasodilation process.
Caffeine can help boost energy levels to allow you to push harder and further during your workouts. With the increase in endurance, you can achieve a greater workout intensity.
With a boost in nitric oxide levels, your blood vessels can expand and allow for greater blood flow (which is full of oxygen and nutrients) into the working muscles which can cause them to increase in size.
Supplementing with caffeine pre-workout can help you increase your focus and concentration. This enhancement can also help you achieve a stronger mind-muscle connection to truly activate and recruit more muscle fibers during contractions.
The take-home message when it comes to caffeine is that you shouldn’t shy away from it before your workouts. Not only can caffeine help boost your energy production, but it can also get you dialed in and enhance your muscle pumps and vasodilation.
If you want to get more out of your gym sessions, check out GAT Sport Nitraflex as well as their straight Caffeine tablets. Both products will supply you with adequate amounts of caffeine to help you get the most out of your time in the gym and during training sessions.
Nitraflex is a high-intensity all-in-one pre-workout formula that includes patented Nitrosigine®, whereas Caffeine is a specific two-ingredient formula made up of caffeine anhydrous and calcium.
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