NO-NAME: I do keep a couple of bottle of caffeine around the apt. My ritual lately is upon getting home from work, I pop one, with some Alpha Male, and GPC, then I take the dog out, answer emails, and relax a bit before starting my pre-training routine. On weekends I like to actually brew coffee and hit the gym early, so I’ll skip the caffeine pills. In terms of it affecting insulin sensitivity, while I haven’t noticed anything (not sure if I even would though, I’ve been a coffee fan for a very long time), it may be such a minor effect that it’s fairly inconsequential to even let it worry you.
AZCats: I believe I have 12.5 mg Yohimbine capsules that I usually take with 200 mgs caffeine, and a 300 mgs Tyrosine. I’ll do this about 30-40 mins before a training session when I’m cutting, and it usually seriously gets me breathing fire by the time I hit the gym. I’m sure some people are more tolerant than others, and yohimbine by itself may not pack the same wallop as when you throw some caffeine into the mix.
I’ll also point out that I don’t use this year round. In fact, when I start a protocol, I’ll always find myself very sensitive to the effects. So much so that for a few days I’ll take it after I eat a meal, hoping for a slower digestion. After a week or two, I’m usually good to go, and any possible ‘side effects’ (jitters, sweats) subside for the most part.
AnytimeJake: While I’ve never heard of using good old coffee grounds (miracles that they are) for tanning purposes, a lot of old school bodybuilders (60’s and 70’s) would use iodine to actually dye their skins before a contest. You couldn’t just pop online and purchase a tin of ‘Dream Tan’ back then