Coffee the start-me-up for night workouts

Reading of the recent report on caffeine use by elite athletes as a training aide, I decided to try coffee before my night workout.

After forty-five minutes on the elliptical machine, I’d already been drinking an energy drink containing caffeine equivalent to a cup of strong coffee.

Now, one hour before PM exercise, I have a whole grain dinner roll. I then drink a cup of coffee with sugar thirty minutes later.

With the additional caffeine before the workout, I find that the night sessions are much more productive — the equivalent of mornings. I’ve notched up the resistance on the elliptical machine and can be much more vigorous with the jump rope. Plus, as I am generally mentally fatigued during these late hours, this amounts to found time.

For me, caffeine wakes up motivation, endurance and strength, but not reaction time. Also, my eye sight is not good under low-light conditions and caffeine does not change that. So, using coffee and energy drinks to jump start a late workout is great for the gym or a track. For safety’s sake, I find that running or bicycling in the streets with cars is still best done in the day when I am wide awake.

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********** E-mail This Page | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Resume as a Word Document ********** A vegan in his mid-50s, Anthony Olszewski believes that inertia, not time, is the enemy. His 20 mile plus bicycle commutes over the GWB to NYC prove that. Anthony Olszewski was born in Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in 1956. During his college years, Mr. Olszewski worked as a bartender in a tavern owned by his family, the Tunnel Bar. He also operated an exterminating business and raised canaries and parakeets for sale. Mr. Olszewski was the Web Site Editor for Bret Schundler's 1997 campaign for Mayor of Jersey City and the 2001 Gubernatorial campaigns (primary and general elections) against James E. McGreevey. Mr. Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics, including Jersey City short stories, tropical fish, running with your dog, the genetics of cage birds, the poetry of Amiri Baraka, the portrayal of African-Americans in popular culture, Jersey City politics, and Hudson County history. He currently provides Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing through a number Web Sites and is a member of Mensa. Anthony Olszewski is best reached by e-mail at -- voice mail is available at 201-984-1956.