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08.11.2009


Energy drink enhances long term effect of workout

Men who have never exercised make better progress with fitness training if they consume a low-cal energy drink before their workouts. According to a study done at the University of Oklahoma, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the men lose more body fat and build up more stamina and condition as a result.

The product that the researchers tested is Celsius. Celsius contains no sugars, but an unclear mix of green tea extract, ginger, taurine, 200 mg caffeine and a handful of vitamins and minerals.


Energy drink enhances long term effect of workout Energy drink enhances long term effect of workout


The researchers did an experiment with a group of forty fat men who took no exercise. Half of them started training they did condition training three times a week and strength training twice a week. [EX] The other half did no training. [NEX] Half of the members of both groups drank a daily can of Celsius [A], and the other half did not [B]. On the training days, the men in the EX group drank their can of Celsius a quarter of an hour before starting their exertions.

At the start of the experiment, the researchers measured their subjects' body composition and their cardiovascular health. Ten weeks later they repeated the test. The table below shows that the men who trained and drank Celsius had lost more fat.


Energy drink enhances long term effect of workout


The researchers also got their test subjects to cycle until they dropped before starting the programme and at the end. From this they discovered that the men who had trained and used the energy drank managed to cycle for longer. The figures below compare the times for EX-A and EX-B.


Energy drink enhances long term effect of workout


The effect was even more pronounced for the VO2max.


Energy drink enhances long term effect of workout


"It could be suggested that consuming Celsius prior to regular exercise in previously sedentary, overweight men may yield more significant body composition and cardiorespiratory improvements than exercise alone", the researchers conclude. By the way, they were paid by Celsius. Of course.

Source:
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181aeb0cf.