6:30AM OR 9:00PM Workout...Getting back to Gym & Need Advice Quick.

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    Jan 12, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    I need to get myself back to the gym asap. Im very busy with work and going to school, and the winter months in Connecticut are dark, dreary, and cold.

    My main goal is to gain muscle mass in addition to toning my stomach and losing some fat in the stomach area, but manily building muscle mass.

    I like set schedules. Therefore, I can either wake up at 6AM and be at the gym by 6:30 to work out for an hour, OR I can get to the gym by 8:45/9:00PM and work out then. (weights then some cardio is my routine)

    Is it not a good idea to work out early in the morning? Better at night?
    What will be MOST beneficial to me?

    Please Advise.
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    Jan 12, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    I definitely believe that you should reserve the mornings for cardio and the afternoon/ night for weights

    Cardio in the morning, before breakfast or a snack of any kind forces the body to use its own fat for energy because there is nothing in the stomach (In the morning we tend to have less carbs in our system so cardio training then burns off fat more so than train the evening etc.).
    Taking care of your cardio in the mornings increases metabolism.

    From what I understand weight lifting is okay anytime though people should not train too excessively. Some studies have proposed that working out for more than 90mins at a time causes your body releases stress hormones. I am still unclear on the validity of this study.

    I am fairly certain that weight training after you have eaten diverts some of the energy in food into your lifts and reduces the effect it will have for weight gain. For weight training I sincerely believe that you need protein and carbohydrates in your system to properly repair your muscles. The calories required to burn during your training is essential.

    I hope that helps.
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    Jan 12, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    Cortisol (a "stress", catabolic hormone) first thing in the morning. GH is highest in the morning, as well.

    Blood sugar is generally lower first thing in the morning, unless your liver dumps for you.

    Many folks feel that doing cardio first thing keeps their metabolism up all day. Other folks like to lift first thing.

    Each person is different and we don't know much about you, how you eat, how much mass you carry, your intensity and so on.

    Do what's right for you, and what you'll be consistent in.

    You can read up on the waking process, and on hormone levels throughout the day, but, I assure you, the best workout is one that you'll do consistently.
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    Jan 12, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    I myself work out at 8 p.m. That is solely because of schedule. It is a rare morning that I even get into the gym for a 15-minute cardio routine.
    Again this is entirely schedule driven. In a perfect world I would break at 3 p.m. to work out. That is when I really feel like it.
    That being said, I am making considerable gains in muscle mass. I work out, shower and after a protein drink am ready for bed.
    Hope this helped.
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    Jan 12, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    scsu25 saidI need to get myself back to the gym asap. Im very busy with work and going to school, and the winter months in Connecticut are dark, dreary, and cold.

    My main goal is to gain muscle mass in addition to toning my stomach and losing some fat in the stomach area, but manily building muscle mass.

    I like set schedules. Therefore, I can either wake up at 6AM and be at the gym by 6:30 to work out for an hour, OR I can get to the gym by 8:45/9:00PM and work out then. (weights then some cardio is my routine)

    Is it not a good idea to work out early in the morning? Better at night?
    What will be MOST beneficial to me?

    Please Advise.


    I read it's better to work out in the evening. Reports say testosterone levels drop early evening, so by exercising at that time helps you keep your t levels up. And obviously you need to keep your t up to build muscle. If your schedule allows, do your cardio early. Then on seperate days, lift weights at night. On top of that, TRY to get a lot of sleep, and drink your protein shake before you go to bed after weightlifitng. Good luck, and dont forget to show us the results! icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 12, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    I agree with the first two guys. Mornings are good ONCE you get used to it. Give it at least three weeks and by then it will be a habit - everyone (including me) who used to say 'there's no way I'm getting up at 5 am to work out!' can't imagine doing it any other way. In the winter (here in Duluth its supposed to get down to -30 windchill all week) you know it's gonna be cold, so work out early and get home after work. In the summer, you have your evenings open if you get up early and workout. The only hard part is, when you're getting used to your routine, remembering that Monday mornings come quickly. But it's worth it. So many of us have so little free time as it is, when I have a day off or the weekend, I still like to get my workout in early so I have the rest of the day to do whatever I want (great thing about being single right??) lol

    As far as what kind of exercises you should do...after all this time I've spent working out and watching other people everyone is in their own zone and the ones who stick with it are doing something they enjoy, meaning, if you hate doing, let's say, the treadmill for an entire hour, but you want to get lean, then why not do 30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical, go out and hit the weights, then come back and finish with 30 minutes in the cardio room? All you have to do is plan out a routine that you are going to be challenged with and be realistic about. You can't do the same thing everyday otherwise you won't see any results. Break it up - legs one day, chest back another day, shoulders arms another day, something like that. I used to do the treadmill so much that I would see double by the time I got off of it. I injured my heel on it so I do the elliptical now (which can be boring too, bring music) but I can empathize with your dilemma - my thing is if I worked out that late at night (7pm and later) I'd have a terrible time getting to sleep. And here, after work all the machines are taken. I hate when working out feels like being at work - your early morning crowd usually has been there forever, gets to know you, and you pretty much know what their routine is after a few weeks so you don't have to jockey around for machines.

    Hope this helps!

    j
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    Jan 12, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    Just to correct some misinformation here: intense training, with weights, or otherwise, LOWERS your testosterone levels. In heavily trained strength athletes testosterone levels sometimes drop to near zero. (View the Discovery Channel series about the Human Machine.) Hence, the appeal of AAS, for better recovery and an improved sense of well being.

    I'm afraid the earlier poster was in error with regard to testosterone levels being driven by exercise.

    Very mild exercise will bump your androgens just a smidge, but, intense exercise has the opposite effect.

    That's why it's so important to eat properly, have adequate fat (all AAS, such as testosterone, have a base in cholesterol and lipids), and to not over train.