do you go to the gym in the early morning or late at night?

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    Jan 21, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    Aside from people saying, "whatever works for you", and "whatever your body tells you", and things like that, I was wondering if it is better for any certain reason, to work out at 6:30am or 9pm?

    Will I gain muscle and mass if I hit the weights in the morning?
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    MOST people find that their strength and endurance peak in the afternoon. But really, for most people, this difference is not statistically signifcant. Much more important, is that you train at all. Consistency of effort will deliver a lot more than watching the clock.

    One possible exception is doing cardio for fat loss. A lot of people see their best results if they do intense or interval training cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

    Myself, I do my full work-out first thing in the morning (7h00) regardless of whether I'm doing cardio, weights, or both. I just find that it gives me a sense of accomplishment that keeps me more productive throughout the morning.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    Mornings work best for me. I think it's a mindset. I just like to get it done and out of the way. I find if I don't go in the morning, I probably won't make it in at all.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    I've tried both, and haven't noticed an adverse affect of either. I do find that I usually need some kind of pick-me-up to go at 7/8pm, but once that's your routine it can work nicely. Some great music can help you power through the late evening too.

    Comes down to personal preference. I feel a bit nauseous running or working out at 6am on an empty stomach. Not being a great morning person, I can't get up earlier to feed myself!
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    Morning here. I work out of my house, so if I dont leave in teh mroning, I probably will not go at night. Also, at mine, it is less crowded in the morning.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    I am very lucky to have the flexability of a 24hr gym. Its not huge so mid day and evenings are busy so I go about 6am. And I walk so this month its been hard. All research does say Cardio on an empty stomach is best for buring thoose calories.
    I also don't keep a very steady 9 to 5 so it does need to to be flexable.
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:15 PM GMT
    This question comes up about once every two weeks.

    Do the workout that you can be consistent in and that works for you.

    There are morning folks, swing-shifters, and night owls. It depends on the person, their schedules and so on.

    Remember: just because you're gay or bi it doesn't mean you have to be weird or act a certain way.

    From the view of science, doing cardio first thing in the morning, when GH is highest, and blood sugar is lowest, may be more effective, but, for folks who aren't high level athletes the answer ends up being "do the workout you can do, and that you like doing consistently." A workout that you do is the one that produces results.

    You've not provided information about your body type, training regimen, work schedule, whether you're a natural night owl, or even so much as a picture, in posing your question, so, really, the best answer is to do whatever your body tells you and the workout that works best for you and the workout you will continue doing.

    It's nearly impossible to answer the question in a more qualified way without better discovery.
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    7AM every morning....minus Sundays.

    That time happens to work best for me and I can schedule my day around that and secondly, I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the morning crowd! lol I'll say no more.icon_twisted.gificon_wink.gificon_exclaim.gificon_biggrin.gificon_twisted.gificon_razz.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    Well, knowname, to be honest, the "morning crowd" is probably REALLY enjoying YOU, too! You are a hottie!

    As for the topic, I have to go in the morning. Once I'm home from the office, I'm done and won't go.
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    Jan 21, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    If it's just getting outside to hike or ski, mornings are great. But for the gym, I find my energy levels are better in the evening, or maybe my motivation; weights and cardio machines are not enough to get me out of bed. And I find I can go for longer at night. Only trade off comes when I finish too late and it affects my sleep.


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    Jan 21, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
    I always go at night - and have the place pretty much to myself and a few hawt guys...........so draw your own conclusions there!

    Tried mornings - can't get up my energy well enough. Tried afternoons - that was cool - but so crowded. Nights around 8 work great for me!
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    first thing in the morning. it gets my day started and gets my body moving! i can't do evenings. too crowded and i'm too tired.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
    Late at night....10pm to 1am usually. That's when I'm in the best mindset, everybody else is asleep and I have the place to myself. Helps me think...clears the mind after a long day.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    I go to work an hour early so I can take an extra hour with my lunch and go in the middle of the day. I love it. It breaks up the day, the gym is NOT crowded and I find the same people workout at that time. I've met others working out that I see all the time and I've met the staff because it's just not so hectic so they can spend time saying hi and getting to know you. Mid day is my favorite!
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidI go to work an hour early so I can take an extra hour with my lunch and go in the middle of the day. I love it. It breaks up the day, the gym is NOT crowded and I find the same people workout at that time. I've met others working out that I see all the time and I've met the staff because it's just not so hectic so they can spend time saying hi and getting to know you. Mid day is my favorite!


    I loved going at mid-day when I had the chance at one office. It revived me for working in the afternoon. I really thought the job should have encouraged people to workout in the middle of the day. I think they would have gotten so much more back in increased productivity.

    Otherwise, I prefer working out right after work. At my current gym, that is a busy time of day, but it doesnt interfer with getting my workout done very often.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:31 PM GMT

    I'm a bit of a procrastinator, so I tend to drag myself in 1 1/2 hours before the gym closes (11 weekdays, 5 on weekends). Its good because the machines are free, but its always crazy in the locker room. There are usually teams practicing and everyone fills the locker room at close.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    This is a good read. I am switching over to the mornings and wondered if there was any appreciable difference. I am noticing I have a bit more hop later in the day, but that could be mental. Whatever - it's working. I switched because my job now has me working later in the day from 10am-7pm, and I'm more of a morning person anyway. Now my arms are 17" JUST KIDDING... LOL I like the morning workouts now.
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    I've gone to the gym as late as 11:00pm at times and sometimes as early as 4am depending on my workload for the day... but in general, I normally go to the gym ~9:30pm.
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
    yo_mamali saidI've gone to the gym as late as 11:00pm at times and sometimes as early as 4am depending on my workload for the day... but in general, I normally go to the gym ~9:30pm.
    9:30 just seems so late. I have gone late on occasion but then going home to sleep is tough, you really have to be up at least a couple of hours do let the body slow down.
  • Kiryu

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    Jan 21, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    end of the afternoon for me 4.pm
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    you must work out at 6.47am in the morning for exactly 56 minutes (including warm up but not including stretch and shower). If you do not then you will always be fat/skinny and nothing else you do matters. Period.

    And you will have no friends. icon_sad.gif

    I normally work out at about 11am apart from the days I have lectures when it's 4pm. I have flexi hours in my job (yay) and make the most of that.

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    Jan 23, 2009 11:49 AM GMT
    look_alive- ;-) Thanks man icon_biggrin.gif

    hahahahahah at lost boys comment!


    I do feel great for a great portion of the day though I also feel like I reach a "crash" sooner then I normally would if I didn't work out. By the time 3pm rolls around I'm seriously dragging ass and waiting for my second wind to come and keep me awake for the rest of the night.

    Maybe if I was more of a people person and saw more of the "crowd" at the gym, maybe I wouldn't be so gaga over my morning time/crowd, lol.
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    Jan 23, 2009 12:22 PM GMT
    I am definitively an after work rush guy icon_sad.gif I'd like to move it to first thing in the morning, but I don't think I could handle working out on an entirely empty stomach. And I deffo don't have the motivation to come home, relax, and then go out again the gym a couple of hours after dinner!
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    Jan 23, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    I'm an afternoon guy. Mornings I'm all groggy, and after dinner I get tired/lazy. Anywhere from 1-4 is my usual time.

    Tony
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    Jul 13, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    I am not going to start a thread again since I know I've posted to it.
    My question is for the morning workouts- what do you do about nutrition? Not so much about Cardio working out but more with lifting. Do you whip up a quick protein shake, eat a bar on the way down or just go without?
    I have usually take my creatine after, while I'm cooling down and making breakfast.
    Suggestion?
    Thank you in advance.