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If you’re young, in school, or just plain broke and can’t afford a fancy-dandy pre-workout from bodybuilding.com with tons of holographic decals you can still get juiced before your workouts on the cheap. How cheap? $60. …..FOR A WHOLE YEAR!
Yeah, get amped and have solid workouts for less than 17 cents a day (even cheaper if you’re taking days off like most, huh, humans)
The best part of this pre-workout is it’s 100% natural, can be organic if you like, available wherever you are (you don’t have to be ordering things online if you don’t want) and is dosage customizable to suit your personal preferences!
What’s the magical ingredient in coffee? Natural caffeine! Caffeine is the biggest “I feel it working” factor of many preworkouts, so why not just focus on that?
Studies have shown that besides just giving you energy caffeine can also boost your metabolic rate by 3-11%! (source)
Caffeine may seem boring.. it’s everywhere, but so is protein but you wouldn’t be dead without that supplement would you? Science has actually showed caffeine to boost workout performance by a whole 11-12%! (source) What else gives you those kind of gains?
The cheap a** workout in reference is simply coffee and multi-vitamins. That’s it. Of course, “Mega-Astra Super Amino-Dominance Testosterone Agri-Max Rage Blend” sounds more impressive but that’s not what SY is about. SY is about actionable efficiency, or, like Bart Kwan’s Barbell Brigade“dominating humbly”.
This means that although we will forever be drawn like a moth to light, SY doesn’t give a f**k about hyperbole and shiny graphics! (…or, at least we know we shouldn’t.)
Coffee’s got more to offer than besides just clean caffeine as well. Every cup of coffee contains:
- 11% RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of vitamin B2
- 6% RDA vitamin b5
- 3% RDA Potassium and Manganese
- 2% Magnesium and Niacin (source)
Granted, those above amounts aren’t HUGE but they are there and naturally occurring. However, to fully exploit caffeine as a pre-workout it’s advantageous to add additional vitamin and mineral supplements.
The minerals and vitamins found in a solid daily multi-vitamin like Optimen by Optimum Nutrition will help prime your body with what it needs to endure a sustained intense physical barrage at the gym.
No, coffee and multi-vitamins aren’t glamorous, and doesn’t sound or look as badass as something like “B-Nox Androrush” (which we confess, we ALSO love) so you won’t get that Christmas Morning sensation of opening a box of shiny new supplements but you what you will get is that old school Rocky Bilboa feeling of knowing you are doing what old-school mofos are doing the world over: not giving a f*ck about hype and doing what works.
The ingredients are simple.
-1 tub of regular black coffee (can be had at $20 everywhere, online or at your local Wal-Mart)
-1 big bottle of multi-vitamins
Breakdown of the Key Ingredients
Coffee: contains caffeine, the primary stimulant in many pre-workouts, get’s you going, focused and ready to workout. Also, if brewed black coffee is super low in calories and nearly fat-free. Super-loaded with antioxidants (it’s actually dominant in terms of anti-oxidants per serving)
Bonus: add lean milk for a tad bit of protein (which supplies you some natural BCAAs) and a little calcium boost, never a bad thing!
Multi-Vitamin: Everything your body needs to beast. You can get a bottle of 500 Kirkland Vitamins, probably the best bang for your buck, for cheap as heck at Amazon or at your local Costco.
These have a bunch of the minerals and vitamins many fitness-focused supplements include, like Magnesium and Zinc (often referred to as ZMA in bodybuilding), tons of B vitamins so on. Pop 2 a day to maximize absorption and you’re good to go.
I regularly rock this simple pre-workout when I travel, because bringing a little travel container of vitamins is super convenient and coffee is available pretty much everywhere, so no matter where you are you can crush a solid workout.
No worrying about pre-stocking on pre-workout powders, no worry about them spilling in your luggage. Vitamins and coffee: cheap, effective, and versatile.
Instructions: Smash a coffee before your workout with a complex carb if possible.. granola bar, yam, oatmeal, whole grain cereal.. whatever is available wherever you are, along with one vitamin before and another one later in the day and you’re good to go get them gains!
Do you have any custom home-made pre-workouts? Let us know at hello [at] skinnyyoked.com