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We have talked with 85 athletes who mention tea.

Karen Plum
Karen Plum (female, 47)
I'm a Sports Performance Coach & Figure Champion. Here's My Plan to Work with Motorsport Athletes
I did not drink coffee at all when prepping and throughout my bodybuilding career. Now, I will have the odd drink. Black coffee and green tea were staples of my Figure competing life – and I still enjoy them.
Dominique Robinson
Dominique Robinson (male, 38)
I'm a Five-Sport Professional Athlete. This is How I Work and Train
I am huge on fish oil, as well as a mineral blend pill. I also drink a huge cup of coffee in the mornings and green tea at night, every night.
Katie Sampayo
Katie Sampayo (female, 28)
How I Quit My 9-5 to Become a Thriving Fitness Nomad
After my first meal of the day around 1pm I usually have a tea or “dairy-free” drink around 4pm with a little snack, and then I eat my last meal around 8pm.
Wayne Bester
Wayne Bester (male, 32)
How I Work as a Dancer and Run the Biggest Dance Convention in South Africa
I like to start my day of with a cup of coffee before I do my cardio then I’ll have another one in the afternoon. I’m also a big green tea drinker so I like to have a cup after a meal.
Ofentse Boloko
Ofentse Boloko (male, 28)
How I Went from Pro Rugby Player to South African Muscle Model Champion
As for coffee/tea or alcohol, yes, I believe life is all about balance and self control.
Okurut George
Okurut George (male, 26)
I'm a Yoga Instructor. This is How I Introduce Yoga in the Slums of Uganda
I drink tea every day but with less sugar and at times without.
Caio Tamura
Caio Tamura (male, 33)
How I Became a Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor in Australia
Social gatherings, I can handle being out on social occasions and not drink or just have water or tea.
Uracha Teerawanitsan
Uracha Teerawanitsan (female, 27)
How Crossfit Has Made Me the Fittest Woman in Thailand
I’m obsessed with coffee. I really love coffee. I’m ok with tea, lemon tea is my go-to. I don’t drink alcohol because I simply just don’t like it.
Jermaine Wright
Jermaine Wright (male, 32)
I'm a Competitive Skateboarder. This is How Fitness Helps Me Avoid Injuries
Yes, yes, yes I love drinking coffee, tea, and my girlfriend is french so we share a bottle of wine a couple of times a week.
Lailla Sena
Lailla Sena (female, 31)
How My Beach Town Childhood Lead Me to Working in Fitness
I drink lots of green tea.
Manu Arora
Manu Arora (male, 29)
How I Focus My Training in Order to Balance Fitness with Professional Life
I used to start my day with a shot of java but overtime I have realized apple is a better way to kick the day. The fuel draws in slowly, and stays for longer in the system avoiding a post workout crash. Chamomile Tea is a drink I love to the T.
Gabriela Cantos Realpe
Gabriela Cantos Realpe (female, 35)
I'm a Dance Coordinator, Coach and Model. This is How I Inspire People to Live a Healthier Life
I stopped drinking bubble drinks for a long time and that has helped me a lot. I drink more water, coconut water, juices or smoothies, tea and coffee. I know coffee is not that great for you but max 1 a day, is just something I can´t take out. I just love the smell and taste.
Paul Dermody
Paul Dermody (male, 30)
How I Train and Work as a Nomad Personal Trainer and Podcaster
I love coffee. I drink two cups daily, always before midday. I hate tea, which is funny because I’m Irish.
Eduard Checo
Eduard Checo (male, 31)
How I Started Barstarzz and Made Calisthenics My Career
I drink a lot of coffee and tea. I like to alternate about 2-3 cups of each a day. It helps me stay focused but also helps calm down your hunger I feel.
Rachel Rose
Rachel Rose (female, 24)
How a Binge Eating Disorder Got Me into Competitive Fitness and Modelling
I take CLAs, BCAAs (I like bodytech’s), magnesium, green tea capsules, and most importantly, LOTS of water and 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
Day Micheli
Day Micheli (female, 28)
I'm a Brazilian Pro Wrestler. This is How I Train to Improve My In-Ring Performance
Currently, my supplements are vitamin C supplement, a diuretic tea, Omega 3 and caffeine, besides a lot of water. Although my biotype doesn’t help, I’ve been focused to gain the weight I need.
Albert Albie Aldahawi
Albert Albie Aldahawi (male, 27)
How I Went from Refugee to Pro Wrestler and Fitness Model
I always eat well before an event and sometimes I bring my own snacks if I can. I enjoy drinking green tea, other than that no. If I really crave something, I will have a small bite to takeaway my cravings. I don’t like holding myself off as I don’t want to have that craving lasting over me for days.
Joanna Zwierzynska
Joanna Zwierzynska (female, 34)
I'm a Brazilian Zouk Dancer. This is How Fitness Made Me Stronger After a Hip Surgery
Sleep is also very important. I try to sleep for a minimum of eight hours. Drinking a lot of water should be a habit. I also drink a lot of ginger tea (I boil fresh ginger and add turmeric, lemon and honey).
Tertia Dippenaar
Tertia Dippenaar (female, 30)
This is How I Prevent Injuries While Performing Eight Shows a Week
I am not into supplements so my pre workout is sometimes strong coffee/green tea, and a piece of 70% dark chocolate, everything has to be sustainable for me.
Cru Blanchard
Cru Blanchard (male, 17)
I'm a Football Player, Powerlifter, and Shot Put Thrower. This is How I Train to Boost My Strength
I do not drink coffee or tea. I handle junk food and cravings by just keeping my goals in mind. Do I really want to jeopardize my goals for a 3 second snack?
Kerry Chuang
Kerry Chuang (female, 24)
I'm a Hairstylist, Makeup Artist and Model. This is How Fitness Makes My Life Better
As for coffee, I grew up drinking coffee since kindergarten, haha! I know it’s bad for you so I stopped drinking it too. I only drink tea now (I will occasionally drink coffee about once a month) and that usually has enough caffeine when i need it.
Haniyyah Tahirah
Haniyyah Tahirah (female, 30)
How I Became a Professional Dancer at an International Dance Theatre Company
Rest is how our bodies regenerate and heal therefore I like to get at least 7 hours of sleep per day on average and make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day and first thing in the morning especially to start my day in addition to enjoying my green tea!
Kayla Kleinman
Kayla Kleinman (, 29)
How I Combine My Work in Fitness with Being a Wellness Blogger
I’m a big coffee drinker, specifically lattes. Gotta keep my energy up when I’m teaching 4 classes some days from 6AM to 8PM. I’ll drink tea from time to time, but I prefer lattes.
Ilez Badurgov
Ilez Badurgov (male, 31)
How I Got Into a World of Movies After Years of Tiring Training
If some social event I attend to serves food that I don’t like, I will try to find something that I can eat. Coffee not much, tea every morning, alcohol never.
Lorenza Veronica
Lorenza Veronica (female, 31)
How Fitness Helps Me Manage My Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
Plus, I don’t drink coffee but chicory root, which has been a great discovery, or light teas with not a lot of caffeine. (I can’t handle caffeine, I have palpitations and bad sleep with even a cup of tea after 5 p.m.)
Andi Bañez
Andi Bañez (female, 30)
How I Moved from Dancing to Yoga and Became a Full-Time Yoga Teacher
I drink coffee almost everyday but I take it black. Tea also just the tea, no sugar or milk. Alcohol too. But I drink a LOT of water to make up for all of them.
Cody Stover
Cody Stover (male)
How Rocky Inspired Me to Get Fit and Become an Actor and Model
I do drink coffee and tea. I prefer green tea and I only drink on occasion.
Nacor Puig Nuñez
Nacor Puig Nuñez (male, 28)
I'm a Spartan Race Winner. This is How I Eat, Train and Maintain Mobility
I drink coffee everyday. I used to drink tea. I drink alcohol only a few times a year.
Meaghan Faragasso
Meaghan Faragasso (female, 39)
How Fitness Transformed Both My Body and My Life
I like brunch. I make good choices. I arrange what I call “treat” meals around my social calendar. I drink coffee, tea and occasionally, wine.
Fernanda Rosa
Fernanda Rosa (female, 41)
This is How I Became Stronger and More Fit After My Pregnancy
When I go to parties or events, I always eat something at home to avoid eating too much at the party. I drink a cup of coffee every day in my breakfast. I drink coffee, too, at work. I also drink green tea every day.
Yash Vardhan Swami
Yash Vardhan Swami (male, 25)
How I Lost 44 Kg and Became an Online Transformation Coach with over 2000 Clients
Night time regimen includes pre sleep chamomile tea (on some days) and ginger lemon tea here and there due to the health benefits!
Francesca Esker
Francesca Esker (female, 33)
How Fitness and Bodybuilding Helped Me Win 4 Muscle Beach Trophies
I had to cut back coffee because my doctor said on one of my worst days ever that I had high blood pressure. Only 1 cup of coffee, herbal tea all day for my vocal cords and not buying wine for my cupboards help me make wiser decisions.
Denise Guidry
Denise Guidry (female, 42)
I'm a Model and Fitness Coach. This is How I Became 4x Overall National Bikini Champion
For late night cravings during competition prep, I’ll usually drink hot green tea with a teaspoon of honey. My prep diet is always low-carb and I use a scale to measure my food.
Marie Luo
Marie Luo (female, 24)
I'm a Yoga and AcroYoga Teacher. This is How I Eat, Train and Practice
I love coffee. I know it might not be healthy but life should also be about quality. And drinking coffee is for me a pure life-quality moment. In order to not drink coffee all day long, I cook myself every day big bottles of chai tea, with cinnamon which is just yummy.
Bianca Solo
Bianca Solo (female, 25)
How Fitness Helped to Overcome My Postpartum Depression
At this moment, I am OBSESSED with Matcha tea with almond milk and honey. I used to be a huge coffee drinker but have since switched to morning/mid-day teas instead.
Hulda Waage
Hulda Waage (female, 35)
I'm a Vegan Powerlifter. This is My Plan to Become World Champion
I love coffee, I drink two cups a day on most days. Some days only one cup and some days, I’d go a little overboard but I think it’s all good. I do drink tea occasionally but I would not consider myself a tea drinker.
Francesca Guacci
Francesca Guacci (female, 25)
This is How I Became a Fitness Addict and Got My Fitness Model Body Shape
I don’t drink alcohol: only water and tea/coffee without sugar. I eat this way even on social occasions because this amazing diet makes me feel very strong and healthy.
Goran Borkovic
Goran Borkovic (male, 32)
How I Made a Remarkable Comeback to Bodybuilding After a Serious Motorcycle Accident
You should be aware of the fact that human body is 70% water and that’s why you should take big care of getting it. Still water and green tea are my first choices. There is also water I’m getting from food of course.
Maya Nassar Maalouf
Maya Nassar Maalouf (female, 33)
How I Train to Become an International Fitness Model Champion
Since I started clean eating, I no longer have any cravings for sugar. I don’t drink any alcohol and only drink water or tea (no coffee).
Randalene Sergent
Randalene Sergent (female)
I'm a Bikini Champion and Track & Field Pole Vaulter. These are My Best Fitness Hacks
Naturally I fast with vegetables and am highly reactive to coffee and tea. For that I drink decaf or if it’s full regular coffee or what I call high octane, I had better have something constructive to do. Let’s go to the gym!
Hellah Sidibe
Hellah Sidibe (male, 29)
I'm a Personal Speed, Agility and Quickness Trainer. Here's Why I Love Running and Fitness
One of the reasons I wanted to keep running was actually because I have always loved the aesthetic and feel of my on-season soccer body. I wanted that body year round so I don’t bulk and cut, I stay lean the whole year. I don’t drink coffee, tea or alcohol other than the special occasion like a wedding.
Bonolo Mahlangu
Bonolo Mahlangu (female, 26)
How Fitness Made Me Feel Comfortable In My Own Skin
I do push it to six times a week if I know I did not give it my all during one of my workout session. I love to train alone, I push myself to the limit. I prefer working out in the morning it’s just a great way to kick start my day. I always have my Herbalife breakfast: Protein drink mix (2 scoops)+ Personalised protein powder (2,scoops)+ Formula 1 (2 scoops) mixed with water and the Herbalife tea mixed with Aloe for some energy.
Sarah Elizabeth
Sarah Elizabeth (female, 20)
I'm a Model, Actress and Personal Trainer. This is How I Eat, Train and Stay Fit
I drink tea and coffee! Not alcohol as such (apart from the odd cocktail with dinner).
Dr. Nick
Dr. Nick (male, 36)
I'm The Fittest Doc. Here’s How I Make Myself and My Patients the Fittest Versions of Ourselves
Regarding time of food intake, I personally have found that intermittent fasting works best for me considering my sometimes 12+ work days. Given that, I essentially fast for 16-18 hours (during which I drink water, coffee, and tea) and eat all my food in a day within a 6-8 hour window.
Danielle Natoni
Danielle Natoni (female, 41)
How I Became a Full-time Fitness Professional and Got Featured in Fitness Infomercials
Close to 4 years ago we made the decision to cut out alcohol entirely, and I do not miss drinking at all. I do not drink coffee or tea either, trust me, I have power-packed full of energy anyway!
Fábio Broco
Fábio Broco (female, 35)
How Crossfit Changed My Life and Helped Me Lose 40 Kg
A good thing is that I don’t like drinking alcohol in general. I also don’t drink coffee/tea or anything like that. I pretty much drink water and juice.
Csillag Sulyok
Csillag Sulyok (female, 40)
I'm an Ethical Vegan and Bikini Model. This is How I Eat, Train and Workout at 40
I love coffee, but when I am following a healing diet, I opt it out, otherwise, I have one coffee every morning. I drink two to three cups of herb tea every day.
Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown (female, 28)
How I Started Training as Toddler, Competed Internationally and Became a Pro Gymnast
I don’t take any supplements. I don’t use pre-workout or drink protein shakes. I also don’t drink tea or coffee. I sound so boring. 🙂
Maria Lee
Maria Lee (female, 33)
How I Went From Editor to Fitness Entrepreneur and Vegan Activist
I do have coffee or black tea in the morning as a little treat most mornings, although I make sure to wean off of coffee whenever I feel I’m becoming too dependent and my cortisol feels off balance because of it. I don’t like to feel reliant on any substance.
Michael Fatboyslim
Michael Fatboyslim (male, 26)
How I Became a Leading Online Fitness Transformation Coach and Celebrity Trainer
I drink alcohol 3 or 4 times a year for special occasions, and green tea daily and coffee I couldn’t survive without!
Deniz Saypinar
Deniz Saypinar (female, 25)
How I Trained to Become the First Turkish Woman with IFBB Pro Status
That is the hardest thing ever to handle my food cravings! I usually eat almond and cucumber for this then I drink tea or coke zero.
Laura London
Laura London (female, 53)
How I Got Fit Twice, Started Competing and Now Help Busy Women Get Fit and Healthy
I drink a green tea and herbal healing teas during the day such as Nettle leaf, Lemon Balm or Hibiscus tea with fresh fruit in it.
Anne Navarro
Anne Navarro (female, 40)
How Continuous Self-improvement and Development Helps Me Get Better and Stronger
If I’m still hungry after my macros are done for the day, I’ll have a cup of herbal tea or half a stick of gum OR brush my teeth! Having nice and clean teeth sends a signal to my brain that eating time is over.
Terrance Brown
Terrance Brown (male, 30)
How I Work as a Personal Trainer and Film a Fitness Documentary
I change up the liquid so the taste varies. I may use water, leftover herbal tea, or almond milk. I may also add additional fruit if I have some that need to be used up.
Sharlyn Ooi
Sharlyn Ooi (female, 26)
How I Work and Train as a Freelance Personal Trainer and Record Breaking Powerlifter
I usually only drink coffee/tea as a pre-workout and occasionally drink whey protein from Myprotein.
Anita Perry
Anita Perry (female, 64)
How I Work as a Yogi, Author and Educator after 42 Years in Health and Fitness
I allow myself a treat (about 1 square dark chocolate) in moderation. I do not drink alcohol but love my morning cup of coffee. I drink herbal tea for medicinal purposes and at night.
Pat Gilles
Pat Gilles (male, 36)
How I Became a Pro in Fitness, Cycling and Sailing and America's Most Inspiring Trainer
I don’t drink coffee, tea or alcohol. Since I get eight hours of sleep, I don’t find the need for any source to pick me up; therefore, I stay away from coffee and tea.
Nidhi Mohan Kamal
Nidhi Mohan Kamal (female, 35)
I'm a Nutritionist, Strength and Yoga Trainer. This is How I Eat, Train, and Meditate
My skin feels great, my energy levels are the highest they have been, and I don’t even need coffee. In fact, I now prefer to go without coffee most of the time. Instead I use a lot of herbs, spices, and flowers in my tea.
Emma Hurst
Emma Hurst (female, 38)
From Bodybuilder to Politician. How I Still Keep Fit and Healthy with a Plant-Based Diet
I follow a whole foods plant-based diet. My carbs and protein are moderate and my fats low. In a typical day, I may have a smoothie in the morning with berries, greens, coconut water and protein powder, lunch I’ll have scrambled tofu or proats (protein and oats), afternoon tea will be peanut butter on rice cakes, and dinner will be mostly veggies like broccoli and cauliflower with seeds. My calories work out to about 1600.
Stan Efferding
Stan Efferding (male, 52)
I'm the Founder of the Vertical Diet, IFBB Pro and World Record Powerlifter. This How I Eat and Train
I never drink coffee tea or alcohol. I don’t use a meal tracker for my diet or activity level. I tend to eat the same things every day in the same quantities so it’s very easy to track just by writing down the number of meals I eat daily.
Ben Oseman
Ben Oseman (male, 29)
I'm a Weightlifter and Former Martial Arts Fighter. This is How I Keep Getting Stronger and More Fit
As I said before I limit my alcohol intake but I drink plenty of tea and coffee. Atleast 2 mugs of each per day.
Nucia Freitas
Nucia Freitas (female)
I'm a Full Time Bikini Athlete and IFBB Pro. This Is How I Stay Fit in My 40s
I don’t drink any alcohol but I do drink coffee in the morning and tea during the day. I only drink coffee with stevia sweetener.
Viktoriia Voronina
Viktoriia Voronina (female, 25)
How the Death of My Parents Motivated Me to Become a Personal Trainer
I drink coffee or tea, usually in the morning or before my workout.
Tia Blanco
Tia Blanco (female, 22)
I'm a Pro Surfer. This Is How I Train Yoga and Fitness to Improve My Surfing
I hate the taste of alcohol and the way it makes me feel. In contrast, I love coffee and tea! I love waking up in the morning to a warm beverage.
Wayne Pickering
Wayne Pickering (male, 72)
I'm 72. This Is How I Focus on Nutrition and Teach People to Get Older and Better
When it comes to coffee, tea and alcohol, I never touch it. I am not a garbage dump with a hairy lid.
Kuba Firkowski
Kuba Firkowski (male, 23)
I'm a Strength and Conditioning Coach. This is What Calisthenics Does to My Body
I take vitamins and minerals everyday: C, D, K, B6, B12, Omega 3. Well, coffee? Only black, no milk, no sugar. I love the taste and smell of coffee but I also use it as a pre-workout. Tea, especially green tea is a good addition when I watch TV at night.
Cassandra Kilkenny
Cassandra Kilkenny (female, 25)
How I Moved on from Competitive Swimming to Weightlifting and Bodybuilding
I prefer not to take pre-workout (though I am a big coffee and tea drinker), but will also use PEScience’s Nitric Oxide for an extra pump during my workouts (it’s also stim-free).
Amanda Louise Warlo
Amanda Louise Warlo (female, 29)
How I Don't Let My Scoliosis Stop Me from Training, Coaching and Competing
I will usually eat around five meals per day, and if I get hungry between meals I like to drink coffee, tea or Diet Pepsi. I drink at least three liters of pure water every day, most days more.
Brandan Fokken
Brandan Fokken (male, 40)
How I Have Appeared on 31 Fitness Magazine Covers and in over 300 Magazines
I drink a coffee maybe once every two weeks or so. No tea.
Scott Shetler
Scott Shetler (male, 44)
I'm a Vegan Strength Coach. This is How Fitness Has Been Part of My Life for 28 Years
I have been affectionately referred to as the “hungry caterpillar” by a lifter I train named Sarah due to my constant snacking habits. I drink water, tea, and coffee most of the time but like to drink some kombucha as well.
Ben Palacios
Ben Palacios (male, 30)
How I Went From Hating Sports To Loving Calisthenics, Crossfit and Outdoor Training
Caffeine before a workout. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love Nuun tablets, Emergen-C Energy Plus, and those Whole Foods energy shots. I try to stick to products with green tea or yerba mate extract.
James Ruckert
James Ruckert (male, 28)
I Used to be an Overweight Teen. Now, I'm a Fitness Author, Personal Trainer & Calisthenics Coach
Apart from that, I’ve never used pre workout supplements as I believe coffee/green tea are nature’s pre workouts and more often than not the supplements are addictive and your body’s tolerance to them increases over time and you end up needing more and more for the same effect.
SuzAnne Llano
SuzAnne Llano (female, 49)
How I Started Competitive Bodybuilding at 40 and Fell in Love with the Discipline and Commitment
I do love my espresso coffee, and I’m addicted to green tea, no other beverages but water.
Eric Leto
Eric Leto (male, 33)
How I Became a Vegan WBFF Pro Fitness Model and European Vice Champion
After years of dieting, I don’t feel any craving anymore for sweets or fast food, it just doesn’t resonate with me anymore. I think the last time I drank alcohol was like three years ago, not a big fan of it and especially knowing what it does to your body and your muscles. Coffee is consumed rarely and tea on a everyday basis.
Ric Drasin
Ric Drasin (male, 75)
How I Stay Strong and Keep Training at 75 (after 59 Years of Training)
I also don’t do alcohol, but I do have a coffee or tea. I don’t bulk up and then lean out because there’s no purpose anymore. Been there done that.
Bre Hess
Bre Hess (female, 28)
How I Lost 185 Lbs, Became a Personal Trainer and Fitness Model
I do not drink any pop or alcohol unless it is wine every once in a while. I drink brisk, bai, or green tea.
Amy Newton
Amy Newton (female, 28)
I'm Vegetarian and Living Proof That You Can Grow Muscle Without Eating Meat
I eat a high protein diet, I still eat dairy, and don’t drink caffeine, bar green tea. Mainly because I don’t like the taste of coffee or normal tea!
Alex Basso
Alex Basso (male, 32)
How Crossfit Changed My Life and Made Me Fit Enough to Compete in the Games
During the day I drink a maximum of 0.3 liters of coffee or tea. No alcohol and no cigarettes.
Marios Iacovou
Marios Iacovou (male, 32)
How I Stopped Eating Meat and Became a Vegan Personal Trainer in London
If only I would have been open to simple changes like changing the milk in my tea and cereal to plant based, this would have given me a whole new lease of life.
Diana Chaloux – LaCerte
Diana Chaloux – LaCerte (female, 42)
How I Became Fitness World Champion and Featured in Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Natural Muscle
I drink a lot of water each day and coffee or tea on occasion. I eat tons of vegetables, and also keep fruit in on a regular basis.
Rick Ryan
Rick Ryan (male, 62)
I'm 62. This Is How I Train, Eat and Recover for a Contest Body Fat Percentage of 4.9%
I love coffee, tea – great if it is de-calf and green, and alcohol – never as it will mess up your testosterone.
Francesco Grezza
Francesco Grezza (male, 25)
How I Trained, Lost 45 Kg and Got Ready to Open My Own Gym
I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t smoke, I drink coffee 3/4 times a day, I hate tea or other herbal teas, I love milk!
Gabe (male, 25)
How I Train Myself and My Clients as a Kinesiologist/Strength & Conditioning Coach
I eat mostly whole foods, no alcohol/coffee/tea/soft drinks.
Inder Yadav
Inder Yadav (male, 20)
How I Do Bodyweight Exercises and Yoga to Become Super Fit
I drink tea and coffee occasionally, and I never drink alcohol.
Michael Gamil
Michael Gamil (male, 25)
How I Work Full-time, Study and Still Go to the Gym 5 Days a Week
I take one cheat day per week, I eat whatever I want in that day. I drink about 1 cup of coffee, 2 cups of tea a day and I don’t drink alcohol.

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