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All fizz and no fuel?
Caffeine-filled drinks may give you a hit, but experts
say they are not ideal before working out. Cfn
Max Bree reports.
ASUGARY, caffeine-laced ener-
gy drink is often a favourite
of those struggling with slow
mornings or sluggish after-
noons, but now they are becoming the
fuel of choice when getting ready for a
big weights training session.
While the drinks are becoming more
popular before a gym session, experts are
divided over how much benefit they are
Professor Jeff Coombes, an authority in
sports performance and nutrition from the
University of Queensland, said the drinks
could help get people to the gym, but they
would not offer much extra strength or
"It's probably promoting the behaviour
associated with doing exercise," Professor
"If someone's having it then going to
the gym, then that's what we want them
"There may be some increase in stimu-
lation but it's more of a boost to the cen-
tral nervous system."
Cpl Doug Bentancor, a PTI at 1HSB,
said personnel should be careful of having
caffeinated drinks before cardio training.
"Caffeine causes a diuretic effect that
can lead to dehydration," he said.
"During intense cardio this could put
your body in a state where it can lose too
But Cpl Bentancor said caffeine before
weights training was generally accepted,
with most over-the-counter pre-workout
supplements having more caffeine than an
average energy drink, such as Red Bull, V
"Caffeine is approved by the Australian
Institute of Sport for use by athletes," he
"But when having energy drinks, take
into account that it's not just caffeine --
you're getting undesirables like sugar."
Professor Coombes sees this use of
energy drinks as similar to other workout
supplements, where the benefits can be
restricted to expectations.
"In studies, if you give athletes a sup-
plement that has no effects but tell them
it's the greatest thing since sliced bread,
they believe it," he said.
With workout supplement ingredi-
ents being largely unregulated and not
independently tested, Professor Coombes
encouraged people to be careful when
For Cpl Bentancor, the simple fuels for
training remain the best fuels.
He advised gym-goers to eat
carbohydrates 30 minutes to one hour
before training to give the energy needed.
"Having energy drinks before training
is just hype. But having proper nutrition,
you can't beat that," he said.
Not the best boost: Consuming an energy drink before working out might stimulate the senses, but it
can lead to dehydration.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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