Why coffee is the secret training tool for athletes

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You've heard it all before.

"Coffee stunts your growth," or "all that caffeine is bad for your health."

Not so fast, coffee haters.

Studies are proving that the aroma-packed beverage is actually the secret to athletic success. York University spilled the beans and claimed a cup of coffee or two (or even three) is actually really good for your heart.

Athletes swear by it –- some drink multiple cups every day and others use it as a pre-game ritual.

It's been known to reduce pain during and after exercise, enhance endurance, delay exhaustion and, in some cases, assist in weight loss.

Marathon runner Shalene Flanagan told ESPN that she doesn't know an endurance athlete that doesn't have at least a cup of coffee before a race.

"On our team, we joke that coffee is our PED (Performance Enhancing Drug)," she said.

Diver Abby Johnston echoed those sentiments.

"It helps alertness. If I don't have enough time to finish my cup before practice, I'll just bring it to the [pool] deck."

So, coffee lovers –- mystery debunked. Go enjoy #NationalCoffeeDay at ease.

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