Whether you're a fitness newbie or longtime gym rat, one of the most effective pre-workout drinks is probably going to surprise you. And, believe it or not, you won’t find it on the shelves of your local supplement store. In fact, you don’t even have to scoop it out of a bottle with a flashy label and mix it with water.

All you have to do is swing by a coffee shop and get a cup of America’s favorite drink—minus the cream and sugar. That's because downing a cup of Joe before your workout doesn't just give you an added energy boost, there are a whole slew of health benefits—all of which can help maximize your gains in the gym—that come along with it.

Check out these five reasons why it's time to power up your workout with black coffee.