Pre-workout. Meet cold brew.

Pre-workout. Meet cold brew.

Why you should use coffee as your pre-workout. Along with a few simple supplements.

 

Humans’ love affair with coffee is a happily ever after story akin to When Harry Met Sally, but with a distinctly different beginning. For us and these little brown beans, which produce delicious energy boosting brown water, it was love at first brew. Spanning cultures, continents, fads, and trends, our relationship with this beverage has only deepened over time.

But why do we love it so much? Well, for starters, it makes you feel alive. More than that, it’s actually good for you. Prevailing scientific data shows that moderate caffeine intake is better for you than foregoing consumption altogether. Across studies, moderate coffee intake supported significant associations with lower risk for the generic outcomes of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and total cancer[1]. (Note the keyword: moderate intake. Don’t drink 5 cups a day.)

Probably the most significant impact coffee provides, however, is its social impact. This beverage, largely thanks to the Starbucks’s of the world, who made coffee not just a thing to drink but a shared experience, is a powerful human connectivity conduit. In this way, it’s just like fitness. Something that all types of different people can find common ground on. It comes as no surprise that, generally, those who love fitness also love coffee. While not all gym rats are social butterflies, they all understand hard, physical work. They look for ways to help their body recover a little better or work a little harder. Coffee provides an energy boost from a completely natural caffeine source, stocked full of antioxidants and nutrients[2]. What’s more, some studies show it may increase maximal fat oxidation, and help your body burn fat, during graded exercise tests[3].

 

“Probably the most significant impact coffee provides, however, is its social impact.”

 

UNBARD is much more than just coffee – it’s high-performance coffee, with a few simple added supplements to provide a more significant and refined energy boost. It’s the world’s first coffee pre-workout drink, formulated with fitness and performance in mind. Every ingredient in our formula was sourced and dosed to help maximize human potential. Cold-brewed coffee, made from a blend of Arabica and Robusto beans, is less acidic than coffee brewed hot, and thus easier to digest. L-Theanine, Beta Alanine, and BCAAs all provide specific performance-based benefits, which are described in turn below. Lastly, we’ve used dairy and sugar alternatives to minimize the body’s glycemic response and maximize digestibility.

 

L-Theanine

 

L-Theanine is a unique non-protein amino acid derived from green or black tea[4], and UNBARD Cold Brew Pre-Workout includes 250mg. Good on its own, we made sure to include this important ingredient because of its synergistic relationship with caffeine. Prevailing science shows caffeine + L-Theanine = improves performance on cognitively demanding tasks[5]. L-Theanine allows coffee to boost energy and alertness while greatly blunting some of caffeine’s possible side effects, such as anxiety, jitters, crashes, headaches, and increased blood pressure[6]. If you’re an afternoon or evening coffee drinker, L-Theanine’s even been shown to potentially counteract caffeine-induced sleep disturbance[7].

 

“caffeine + L-Theanine = increased performance on cognitively demanding tasks”

 

Prevailing scientific research shows that L-Theanine increases activity in the brain’s alpha frequency band, which relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness. At appropriate doses (like the amount we’ve injected into UNBARD), it can also significantly improve mental alertness and critical aspects of our attention spans[8]. L-Theanine can suppress excitatory glutamatergic receptor function, which can in turn lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels—all of which can lead to an overall reduction in stress and anxiety[9]. L-Theanine is the perfect brain-boosting addition to your coffee, whether you have a work deadline to meet or are attempting to break a PR in the gym.

 

Beta Alanine

 

Think of Beta Alanine as the all-natural super booster for your workout. UNBARD Cold Brew Pre-Workout includes 2g, and it’ll surely make you FEEL ready to get after it. Supplementing with beta alanine has been shown to elevate carnosine levels in muscles by up to 80%[10]. Carnosine serves as a buffer against muscle acidity (which reduces our muscles’ ability to contract, thus causing muscle fatigue) during high-intensity exercise[11].

 

Beta Alanine intake = more carnosine production = slower muscle fatigue during high-intensity exercise

 

It’s also important to note, contrary to popular opinion, no published peer-reviewed scientific study has ever concluded that Beta Alanine acts as a vasodilator or produces or increases nitric oxide. However, for the reasons stated above, it is an effective and safe pre-workout supplement.

 

BCAAs

 

Delayed onset muscle soreness (“DOMS”) is a fancy acronym for something every athlete is all too familiar with. It’s the crippling muscle pain that develops 24-72 hours after intense training sessions, often intensified by targeting certain muscle groups that are less conditioned to stress or have been ignored. In addition to lactate-flushing techniques, such as massage therapy, jogging, and stretching, supplementation with BCAAs can greatly diminish the effects of DOMS[12]. BCAAs stands for Branched-Chain Amino Acids, which are comprised of three nutritionally essential amino acids that cannot be synthesized endogenously by humans, and therefore must be supplied by diet or supplementation. The three BCAAs are L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine, and when supplemented alongside exercise, they drastically reduce the effects of DOMS and increase the rate of muscle tissue recovery[13]. What’s more, BCAAs also activate key enzymes in protein synthesis, which is the process of muscle building that occurs after physical exercise[14].

Our high-performance coffee gives you everything you need to maximize your performance, whether in the gym or the office. UNBARD’s Cold Brew Pre-Workout is the perfect blend of cold-brewed coffee, L-Theanine, Beta Alanine, and BCAAs, and will fuel you through anything life throws your way. Hit the link below to receive 10% off your pre-order today!

 

 

Brandon Krumins

Co-Founder/CEO

 

 

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[2] Poole, Robin, et al. “Coffee Consumption and Health: Umbrella Review of Meta-Analyses of Multiple Health Outcomes.” BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), BMJ Publishing Group Ltd., 22 Nov. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5696634/. 

[3] Ramírez-Maldonado, Mauricio, et al. “Caffeine Increases Maximal Fat Oxidation during a Graded Exercise Test: Is There a Diurnal Variation?” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, BioMed Central, 7 Jan. 2021, https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-020-00400-6. 

 

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[5] Owen, Gail, et al. “The Combined Effects of L-Theanine and Caffeine on Cognitive Performance and Mood.” Nutritional Neuroscience, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 11 Aug. 2008, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18681988/. 

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[7] Soo-Jang, Hwan, et al. “L-Theanine Partially Counteracts Caffeine-Induced Sleep Disturbances in Rats.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 10 Apr. 2012, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22285321/. 

[8] Nobre, Anna C, et al. “L-Theanine, a Natural Constituent in Tea, and Its Effect on Mental State.” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2008, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18296328/. 

[9] Rogers, Peter J, et al. “Time for Tea: Mood, Blood Pressure and Cognitive Performance Effects of Caffeine and Theanine Administered Alone and Together.” Psychopharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Jan. 2008, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17891480/; Kimura, Kenta, et al. “L-Theanine Reduces Psychological and Physiological Stress Responses.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Jan. 2007, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16930802/.

[10] Sale, Craig, et al. “Effect of Beta-Alanine Supplementation on Muscle Carnosine Concentrations and Exercise Performance.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 2010, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20091069/. 

[11] Hobson, R M, et al. “Effects of β-Alanine Supplementation on Exercise Performance: A Meta-Analysis.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, Springer Vienna, 24 Jan. 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3374095/. 

[12] Fedewa, Michael V, et al. “Effect of Branched-Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Muscle Soreness Following Exercise: A Meta-Analysis.” International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. Internationale Zeitschrift Fur Vitamin- Und Ernahrungsforschung. Journal International De Vitaminologie Et De Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2 Apr. 2019, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30938579/. 

[13] Fedewa, Michael V, et al. “Effect of Branched-Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Muscle Soreness Following Exercise: A Meta-Analysis.” International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. Internationale Zeitschrift Fur Vitamin- Und Ernahrungsforschung. Journal International De Vitaminologie Et De Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2 Apr. 2019, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30938579/.

[14] Kim, Dong-Hee, et al. “Effect of BCAA Intake during Endurance Exercises on Fatigue Substances, Muscle Damage Substances, and Energy Metabolism Substances.” Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry, Korean Society for Exercise Nutrition, Dec. 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241904/.