I just started lifting weights about 4 months ago. This is after a 4 year hiatus following shoulder surgery during high school. So far, the results have been amazing. I work out with twice as much weight if not more in many of my lifts now than I did when the workouts began.
I am 6'3" 230 lbs 18% body fat. The only number that has changed in the last 4 months is that body fat is down 7-8%. So, I have gained about 18 lbs of muscle. I lift each body part 2 times a week except my abs are worked 3 times a week. The workouts last 1 hour and 30 minutes and are begin within the first 2-3 hours of when I awake. This puts me in the gym 6 mornings a week. I have just started law school and studying for a professional finance exam. The workload for me to succeed in these two programs will take a significant amount of studying. For the first two weeks I have kept up with both exercise and academics without drinking more than 16 oz of coffee. I am worried that excessive amounts of caffeine/coffee will prevent me from maximizing my gains in the gym. However, my academic performance will be much better if I drink about 60 oz of coffee a day. Am I right to be concerned about excessive caffeine intake? How about if I take in enough water to counter some of the negative effects? What are some alternatives to caffeine that I should consider?