You may have heard that fasted workouts in the morning are better for fat loss, or that strength increases as the day goes on allowing for more intense sessions later in the day. So, what time should you train for optimal results?
I like to train at night, having consumed the majority of my food for the day and with a clear mind having worked through the days to-do list. Admittedly, there are downsides to this approach – mainly the after-effects associated with taking a pre-workout supplement so close to bedtime!
I’ve tried training in the morning but find that a lack of food leads to a lack of energy. In the afternoon, taking a break from everything going on during the day means that my mind isn’t 100% focused on training. I like to leave it around 2 hours after my last meal and enjoy the added bonus of the gym being a little quieter at this time of night.
The ideal approach is a personal thing but the advice I give is to test different times and find out what works best for your body. Currently in a high pressure job, or going through a particular period of stress? It might be best to get your session out of the way early, letting you move forward with the rest of your day. If you are in the middle of a particularly intense workout schedule, be careful of going first thing and leaving yourself with no energy for the rest of the day!
Basically, find what works for you and stick to it. The best time of day to train is the one which gets you in the gym at least 3 times a week.
What time do you like to train? Have you ever lay awake for hours after a 10pm pre-workout error??
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