AM or PM WORKOUT? Please Read and Give Advice.

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    Jan 06, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    I know most will say the best time to work out is when you CAN....BUT....Ive been reading and both AM and PM workout have their pros and cons.

    What time is actually better to work out?? With MY Schedule, I can either work out at 6:30AM or 9PM.

    Advice Please....Does it actually REALLY Matter what time???
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    Jan 06, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    well if you can choose, then choose then time when you will be able to physically give your all.
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    Jan 06, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    Personally I prefer night time. The only reason I go to the gym at midnight is because I know there will be little to no people there. I hate crowds, I hate waiting around, and I hate socializing when I have better things to do. I like getting in and getting out as soon as I can. Sure sometimes I have to stand on my shoes while changing when the cleaning crew is washing the floor but that's pretty minor.

    Basically it's up to you and how well your performance is in the gym when you go. Are you more active at 9pm or 6:30 am? Are you a night or morning person. Your body will tell you when the best time is.
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    Jan 06, 2009 2:16 AM GMT
    I remember reading somewhere that your testosterone levels are higher in the morning. But I think I read it from a bodybuilding mag and didn't see any medical citation to back up the claim.

    But you're right. The general rule of thumb is to work out when it's convenient for you. I work out in the evening after I get home from work. After I'm done, I drink an MRP shake, then later I eat a light meal, watch some tv, and then lights out.

    I could work out in the morning. I'm usually up at 5am. But my body is hungry for food and my brain is half asleep. So I don't think I could endure an intense workout. So for me, I choose the evening because I get a better quality workout.
  • allatonce

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    Jan 06, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    I would have to agree with everyone else. Work out when you feel that you will be able to give it your all. I am one of those people who can't work out first thing because I could only really give out a half assed workout. I'll work out midday or in the afternoon, but my schedule is much more flexible because I am a student. Whatever will work for you, I wouldn't worry too much about what timing is best for hormone levels or any crap, if you aren't going to give it your all at a certain time then it isn't the most ideal time for you.
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    Jan 06, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    I'm an early riser and actually have 2 workouts a day. So I do my weights about 6:30am and core or cardio in the arvo.

    For me it's quieter in the morning and unfortunately the gym isn't open 24/7 so midnight workouts are not an option.

    I know I can pump more in the evening but morning or night your still putting the same effort in so really there is no difference.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 06, 2009 10:43 AM GMT
    If either time is good for you I'd assess when you at your peak
    Are you a night person or are you a morning person?
    Meaning when is you body best set to respond
  • brownguy

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    Jan 07, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    I read somewhere AGES ago that it was best to work out in the morning. You have chemicals in your body that help you wake up; give you that energy for your body to 'start up.' Working out in the morning takes advantage of that, actually making it easier to train.

    Unfortunately, I'm lazy and work out at night. I wanna break that habit.
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    Jan 07, 2009 6:55 AM GMT
    You'll try both times (AM & PM) and find out which one works best for you. I have been working out since high school - and have done mornings and nights. Mostly - for me - nights work best. I used to try early morning before work - and had to fight being groggy --- but my energy is totally fine at around 8 - 9:30 PM. Another plus to working out at night: You OWN the place - nobody much around!
  • Laurence

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    Jan 07, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
    As most others have said, its best to work out when you've got the time.

    I'm not too sure if any time of day is better than another.

    On a similar forum to this, some serious fitness guys said they did cadrio first thing in the morning and then weights later that same evening.

    Most people haven't got the time or inclination to work out twice a day.

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    Jan 15, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Hey cool cats just a quick question as well. I'm going to move my training to 6.30am but am wondering about how this works with the amount of protein in my system. Should I wake up and have a shake or leave this till after workout?
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    Jan 15, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    This week I have made it to the gym at 5am every morning thus far. I've started this because the "New Year's Resolution" crowd have made the gym unbearably super crowded, which I HATE.... when I get off work. The first day was hard, but I think I've started to adapt to such an early time. I have noticed much more energy throughout the day and the gym isn't crowded! Many studies have shown that working out in the morning increases a better mood, energy, helps improve your sleep-wake cycle, better nutrition and increased compliance to hitting the gym. What's the difference between burning 500 calories at 5am or 8pm? well....nothing, same amount of what works for you, however I feel the differences noted above with an early morning workout. Maybe try a pre-workout mix that has a little energy boost in it? Good luck!