Better to work out in the morning or at night? I wanna lose some fat but gain muscle mass....does it matter?

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    Oct 31, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    I am 26, 6'1", 170. I was wondering if anyone had good, correct information about whether it is better to work out in the morning or at night. If morning, I would go around 6:15/6:30am. IF at night, I would go around 8:45pm

    I want to lose some stomach fat, but ultimate goal is to gaim muscle and muscle mass.

    I need some opinions and thoughts please.
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    Oct 31, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    If find that if I go early, I have less energy, so I do not work as much. So if you are a morning or evening person, you may find that your workouts are slightly easier at your preferred time. If you are trying to gain muscle, the time when you will work hardest will be best.

    Otherwise, I think there are many other variables related to time which would have more effect than just morning/evening, such as the amount of time between eating and exercising, sleeping, etc. You want a reasonable amount of space between eating and working out, so if you would not have time to eat properly both before and after, then I'd adjust timing. Many people also find it hard to sleep soon after working out, and sleep is very important to gaining mass.

    Otherwise, I think that the prevailing view is that for strength gain, afternoon/evening is better. Here is an article that supports this claim:

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/a/WhenToExercise.htm

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    Oct 31, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    upper body-morning lower body-evening.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Oct 31, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    Assuming you have a 9-5-type job/school situation, it's better to train your body to jump-start your metabolism in the morning. By doing cardio then you would burn more calories during the day, when you're the most active. Many people report having more energy from early-morning workouts. You would still need to eat a good breakfast. You alternate weight training on the evenings every other night, or if you have the time & energy weight train every night just alternating on different parts of the body (arms/chest, core, legs).

    I'm furthest from a morning person as you could get. But the few times I have worked out early I really feel refreshed during the day.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 31, 2008 10:29 AM GMT
    Whatever time is more likely to get you there
    is the best time
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    Oct 31, 2008 10:33 AM GMT
    GQjock saidWhatever time is more likely to get you there
    is the best time


    :=) that pretty much sums it up. I think you have a positive effect on your metabolism throughout the day though if you do it in the morning.