Caffeine

  • Hi, does taking caffeine (pills or coffee) prior to your workout enhance your performance? Is it better or worse than taking Creatine Monohydrate, or is it not the same thing at all? 

  • Caffeine does help prior to workout.  It gives you more energy to lift. Simple as that.  Creatine increases strength and recovery.  It allows you to get a few more reps out while lifting and recover quicker after.  My suggestion to you would be to buy a pre-workout supplement.  This will have creatine, caffeine, amino acids, vitmains all in one to help fuel your workout,

  • Not really a yes/no answer to the question: Caffeine can be helpful to increase productivity but it can also work in reverse and in some cases can be dangerous due to elevated heart rate. Most pre-workout supplements are caffeine loaded. Whether or not caffeine is helpful is really up to your experience and your response and tolerance to stimulants.

    Creatine Monohydrate is not even in the same discussion since CM's role is aiding "recovery" during workout (quicker recovery in between sets) and post workout. If there is any performance enhancement it is this fact alone.