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Tip 58: Use Caffeine to Reduce Muscle Soreness

Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:54 AM
Among the benefits of caffeine is its ability to reduce post-workout muscle soreness. A study conducted by the University of Georgia and published in March 2007 in The Journal of Pain found that consuming the equivalent of two cups of coffee (5 mg per kilo of bodyweight) one hour before training can reduce post-workout muscle soreness by up to 48 percent.

The study involved nine female college-age students who did not lift weights on a regular basis and who were not regular caffeine users. In comparison, studies using naproxen (used in Aleve) produced a 30 percent decrease in muscle soreness while aspirin produced only a 25 percent decrease. Because many individuals are reluctant to begin lifting weights for fear of becoming sore, the authors noted, “This finding may improve the quality of life of individuals who experience skeletal muscle pain after engaging in unaccustomed, eccentrically biased exercise.”

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