Caffeine & White Willow Bark

15 Sep

First of all – I can’t believe it’s been over a week since my last post. It feels like it’s been a day. I’ve been super busy at work, class three nights a week, gym, family, friends, cleaning/chores/errands (or at least attempting)…where does the time go?!

Anyway, I’ve started taking caffeine and white willow bark about 30-40 minutes before my workouts. I read about this in Jillian Michaels’ book “Making the Cut” – the concentrated caffeine increases your adrenaline (and is more effective/streamlined because it’s not diluted or mixed with processors or sugars like coffee), which increases your stamina, heart rate and ultimately your metabolism. The white willow bark is ‘nature’s aspirin’ and works together with the caffeine.

Personally, I don’t notice an increase in adrenaline – I feel the same before and during my workout as I do without taking anything, but I do feel like my ‘after burn’ is having more effects. It seems that having the increased metabolism during and after my workout (coupled with doing weights first and cardio last) help burn more fat/calories even after I’ve left the gym. I’ve noticed that my ‘problem areas’ that haunt me to no end are showing a little bit of improvements.

Basically, I haven’t experienced any negative side effects from taking caffeine and white willow bark (which could include headaches, heart palpitations, etc.) but think I may be seeing some benefits – granted, these aren’t magic pills (you still have to eat right and exercise) but they help make your body help you. The two supplements cost about $14 at my local NutriShop, so they didn’t break the bank either.

Have you tried any supplements? What works/doesn’t work for you?


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