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Energy Boost with Little or No Caffeine?


#1

Okay I'm getting back into my routine but now that I'm a student again I don't always go to the gym with tons of energy. Sometimes I'm mentally drained from studying which makes my body tired as well.

Caffeine and I don't work well together. I have taken supplements with caffeine in them and I get anything from extremely shakey hands to what feels like panic attacks.

Is there anything else I can take to get a boost? Can I get my body to respond better to caffeine if I start with much lower doses? Why do I react this way to caffeine?

Thanks for any input.
It feels great to be back : )


#2

You might try some Power Drive, it may help keep your brain up which should help keep your body up as well. I took it when I was in school and it seemed to do the trick.

http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_supplements/power_drive


#3

how about Spike?


#4

I'm a fan of it as well; I can't have caffeine either.


#5

Acetyl L-Carnitine, last time I took it, improved my alertness; Not so much a boost (as one would want before the gym) but more-so wakeful-ness, which would be nice before a class (which is when I took them)


#6

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#7

Maybe try Green Tea?

Not only do you get the healthy stuff in them, generally, green teas (at least the ones I get) are lower in caffeine.

If you find it's TOO low, as in you don't get ANY effect you can always steep it longer or try 2 bags.

Currently I'm using this: www.traditionalmedicinals.com/green_teas/product/36 (which according to the supp facts has 25mg of caffeine)

All I add are a couple of drops of Stevia and maybe an ice cube (it's been hot here, so hot tea + hot weather don't mix well for me :slight_smile:

Hope that helps


#8

Thanks for the suggestions. After I'm done studying for my next exam I'll look into Power Drive and Spike. I do drink green tea on occasion. It doesn't seem to make me more alert. I can handle low doses of caffeine and it doesn't do much to me at all. It's the high doses that make me nutty.


#9

L-Tyrosine. It is the cheapest and most effective pre-workout supplement! Once you start taking it you will never look back.


#10

I have the same problem! It's like I have a high threshold in which caffeine doesn't affect me at all to a point, but once i go over that amount it's insane... heart racing, muscle twitching, and a throbbing headache.


#11

Simple carbs work well for energy.

Anything from a pre-workout drink to a piece of fruit can give you a good boost. Honey is good because it is portable and does not expire - so you can keep it in your car or gym bag.

A healthy diet with good whole foods should give you plenty of energy.


#12

I absolutely agree under normal circumstances but the mental fatigue from studying for long hours is really draining, particularly since I have only been back to school since August.


#13

how about a 20 minute nap? Quick nap makes me feel tons better, and it's free.


#14

anyone mentioned yerba mate? Works for me--


#15

If caffeine in high doses makes you nutty then Spike is NOT what you should be trying.


#16

Ponce are you telling me these people are recommending something with a lot of caffeine in it, exactly what I'm trying to avoid?


#17

There's Caffeine-Free Spike, which I hope is what they were talking about, as a Spike Shooter has 300mg of caffeine on top of yohimbine and a bunch of other stuff.

That shit gives ME panic attacks, for fuck's sake.


#18

Eat an apple on the way to the gym. Please.


#19

chalk up another vote for Power Drive. it is the only reason i am able to lift in the mornings now. it used to take a few hours before i felt fully awake, but now i'm at the gym within an hour of waking and feel great. i have a heart condition so i have to avoid caffeine too.


#20

Yes, and by the way, water is wet.

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