Kid Finds that Energy Drinks Don’t Work

Credit: ianmunroe

Credit: ianmunroe

Have you ever chugged a can of Red Bull or Monster to help pep yourself for a workout? I haven’t, but I’d be lying if I said I’d never been tempted. Turns out the temptation may not be worth it.

Although the positive effects of caffeine (in coffee mostly) on workouts has been pretty well documented, not much has been studied when it comes to energy drinks actually resulting in, well, energy. Until now. A recent study, completed by a really smart 12-year-old (yes, you read that right), found that high-caffeine energy drinks had no effect on exercise performance. Nada. Nil. Zilch. N-O-N-E. Plus they’re full of sugar or fake-sugar and gosh knows what else. So next time you need a pick-me-up, forget the drinks, take a deep breath, turn on the good tunes and get to it!

Talk about a smart kid. He’s already published at age 12!


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  1. Caffeine is not effective for people doing short training sessions. It was find a little useful for athletes that work out for 90 minutes and more only. Drinking a cup of coffee before exercise may provide a little more energy but that’s it.
    Stay healthy!

  2. KathyBates says:

    Energy drinks are really what they say. Full of crap and not a bit of real energy. I suppose if they could at least make spinach taste better and put it in a Red Bull bottle, people will become aware.

    I never prefer energy drinks or pills and always oppose people who take them for that instant push, which never actually comes.

  3. Funny how the targeted ad that came with this post in my reader was about an energy drink…