Caffeine Boosts Reps To Failure

Caffeine Boosts Reps To Failure If pre-workout formulas are part of your preparations for hitting new weight room personal bests, you'll be interested in the findings of a study published in the European Journal of Sport Science. According to researchers, caffeine in a dose of 5 mg per kg of body weight increases reps to failure while making the effort seem easier.

Eleven experienced male and female weight lifters in their mid-20s were given this dose of caffeine or a placebo an hour before training. The workout consisted of bench press, deadlifts, rows and squats to failure using 60% of one rep max. On average, caffeinated subjects were able to crank out one additional rep while reporting a lower rate of perceived exertion compared to the placebo group.

True Strength Moment: 5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight works out to 375 milligrams of caffeine for a 165 pound person. To put that amount in perspective, you get 400 mg of caffeine in 2 scoops of Platinum PRE-. See what lesser amounts of caffeine do for sporting accuracy by checking out today's Performance Blog at
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