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Preferred Name

Taylor Landry

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Kinesiology


Christopher Joseph Womack

Michael J. Saunders

Jeremy Akers



This study investigated the effects of coffee ingestion (COF) on serum testosterone responses to exercise in recreationally weight-trained males. Subjects ingested either 12 ounces of 6mg/kg caffeinated coffee (COF), decaffeinated coffee (DEC), or water (PLA) one hour prior to exercise in a randomized, within-subject, crossover design. The exercise session consisted of 21 minutes of high intensity interval cycling (alternating intensities corresponding to two minutes at power outputs associated with 2.0 mmol/L lactate and 4.0 mmol/L lactate) followed by resistance exercise (7 exercises, 3 sets of 10 repetitions, 65% 1RM, 1-minute rest periods). Subjects also completed repetitions to fatigue tests and soreness scales to determine muscle recovery 24 hours following the exercise. T was elevated immediately and 30-minutes post-exercise by 20.5% and 14.3% respectively (p0.05). No relationships were observed between T and any proxy of recovery, suggesting that adopting high testosterone strategies may not always improve quality of subsequent exercise bouts. The duration of T elevation indicates that this protocol is beneficial to creating a long-lasting anabolic environment. While past literature suggests caffeine may enhance T post-exercise, data from the current study suggest that augmented T response is not evident following caffeine supplementation via coffee.