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How Uniquely Can Kratom Be Used for Athletes?

Shuanna Kaufman November 22, 2021 0 comments

People use kratom for many different reasons because of the wide range of effects and benefits that it can offer. There are plenty of people who take it when they want to relax or focus on work, but there are also people who use kratom as a workout supplement. 

Why would athletes use kratom for their exercise regimen? Well there are plenty of reasons that affect pre- and post-workout. 

Does Kratom Work as a Pre-Workout Supplement?

The most popular way for athletes to consume kratom is before their workout. The effects before exercising can be highly beneficial. 

If you lack motivation to get to the gym as often as you like, then kratom may help to give you the desire and will to go workout, even when you don’t feel like it. Because of this, kratom could help you achieve your fitness goals. 

Another reason that kratom works as a pre-workout supplement or before participating in sports is the energetic feelings that it can provide. It may even help you boost your stamina, performance, and endurance. These effects balance well with many other types of pre-workout supplements to offer a clean sense of confidence and wakefulness.

A lot of athletes or people trying to get into better shape take white strains prior to working out because this gives them the energy, endurance, and motivation that gets them through their sluggish fatigue. Green strains can also be good because they still provide users with the drive they need to succeed, but they may also ease the tension and discomfort in joints and muscles. 

Does Kratom Work as a Post-Workout Supplement?

While pre-workout is the most popular way to take kratom in regards to fitness, it can also offer benefits as a post-workout herb. You wouldn’t want the same effects as you would if you took it before you workout, but luckily kratom has many different properties depending on many factors

Taking kratom after a workout can help with recovery. You may have sore muscles and feel fatigued and exhausted. Kratom can help you avoid laziness and help you feel better so that you do not have to take a break from exercise for a day or two. 

Kratom also blends with natural endorphins after working out to give you a feeling of satisfaction. This makes it much easier to relax after even the most strenuous workouts. 

If you are planning on using kratom as a post-workout supplement option, then you probably aren’t looking for energetic white strains. Instead, you may want to try a red strain. Many athletes and fitness aficionados like Red Bali because it is relaxing and eases the unpleasant physical feelings of a hard exercise session.  

When Should an Athlete Take Kratom?

Kratom may offer all these wonderful qualities that make it a fantastic option as a natural workout supplement. However, that will only be the case if you take it at the right time before or after the workout. 

If you are taking kratom for energy, focus, clarity, and motivation before working out, then you want the effects to hit you at the right time. This time will be different for everyone because some use kratom as a motivation to actually get off their butts to go workout while others like it to peak while they are already in the middle of their exercise session. 

It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to feel the effects of kratom. Powder will be on the lower end of onset and kratom capsules close to the higher side. If you want to use it to motivate you to workout, then take it about 30 minutes before you plan on doing so. If you want it to be highly effective during your workout, take it 10 to 30 minutes before you exercise. 

If you are taking kratom after finishing a workout to produce comfort, then you can take it anytime after you are done working out. Most people wait until they can fully relax and their heart rate slows back down. You just want to make sure that you keep the downsides into consideration, which is the next thing to know. 

Downsides to Taking Kratom as a Workout Supplement

While there are plenty of great reasons to use kratom as a natural fitness supplement, there are some concerns and downsides to keep in mind as well. 

The first thing to keep in mind is that kratom can cause nausea in some people. Working out after taking kratom can make this feeling worse. You will be much less likely to become nauseous if you take a smaller dose. 

Another thing to consider is hydration. Kratom can dehydrate to an extent and if  you are also working out then you are losing water by sweating it out. Just make sure to drink water before taking kratom, during your workout, and after your workout. 


Kratom offers many different uses to people around the world. While it is often overlooked as a workout supplement, it can offer a wide range of benefits that can help you perform in a workout or sporting event. Let us know if you use kratom as a workout supplement in the comment section! 

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Shuanna Kaufman

Shaunna works as a Communication Specialist for a district in Oregon. She also owns a marketing company She volunteers her spare time to help defend kratom and serves on the board of Kratom United as a graphic designer.

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