I was never a fan of coffee; always been a tea kind of person. Green tea, black tea, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai milk tea, with or without sugar, tea’s my spiritual beverage. Never did enjoy the taste of coffee. That is until recently when I was gifted with some Vietnamese coffee powder. Damn. Just serve it straight up black without sugar. This stuff is amazingly addictive. It not only tastes good, the aroma is heavenly and I have never felt more focused at work after a cup. It’s the magic potion that fights off all post-lunch drowsiness and keeps me sharp, focused and highly productive! Coffee, it’s the nectar of the Gods!
Benefits of Coffee for Muay Thai
Alright, you can obviously tell I’m crazy about coffee right now. But as a naturally-born skeptic, I had to make sure that there is no detrimental side-effects to drinking coffee. So after much research and some personal experimenting, I have come to find that coffee has some qualities that are actually beneficial for health and also Muay Thai training. As a matter of fact, many athletes and fighters have been known to take a cuppa before their competitions. Let’s take a look at some benefits of drinking coffee for Muay Thai:
Improves Physical Performance
Burns Fats Effectively
Reduces sensation of pain
Disbenefits of Coffee
Now, before you go and guzzle down gallons of coffee, there are some drawbacks to over consumption of coffee or caffeine. Here are a few downside of coffee:
As you have seen, coffee can be both good and bad. So as with all things, moderation is the key. When you are in need of a perk up before a training, a cup of black coffee can do wonders and give you an extra edge. For me, I try to limit myself to 2 or 3 cups a week to reap the benefits and avoid over-consumption. Skip the sugar, and you have the perfect pre-workout booster beverage. All said and done, ultimately, the key ingredient to excellence still lies within you and your drive to succeed. Remember, “nothing will work unless you do”.