There is considerable documentation touting the beneficial effects of caffeine on aerobic activity and resistance training performance. Less, however, is known about caffeine’s effect on post-exercise muscle soreness.
A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined the effects of caffeine on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In the study, individuals who ingested caffeine one hour before resistance training reported that this strategy “resulted in significantly lower levels of soreness on day 2 and day 3,” compared with individuals who did not ingest caffeine prior to working out. (Hurley, et.al.)
The study corroborated previous findings that caffeine ingestion immediately before resistance training enhances performance. “A further beneficial effect of sustained caffeine ingestion in the days after the exercise bout is an attenuation of DOMS. This decreased perception of soreness in the days after a strenuous resistance training workout may allow individuals to increase the number of training sessions in a given time period.”
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