Gym in the Morning or at Night??.....I need GOOD Advice.....

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    Sep 18, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    So I have yet to decide a workout schedule. I have been pondering on whether to go to the gym from 6:45am to 7:45am, OR if I should go 8:45pm-10:00pm (close)....

    When I wake up in the morning, I say "F**K IT" and dont go. My days consisit of going to school full time and working 30 hours a week. SO when the evening comes about, I feel tired yet again, just wanting to relax or do schoolwork or visit a friend......

    Any suggestions? I need some advice....Good Advice to get me going again....

    I have been putting off the gym because in the morning I say screw it, I'll go at night, and at night I say screw it, I'll go in the morning.......

  • GQjock

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    Sep 18, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    My advice is to go when you WILL go

    Don't overthink it ... just make sure you get there and all the ducks will fall into place icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 19, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Working out in the morning will crank your metabolism and keep it high all day. Another, and better, way to go is to do your 20 minutes of cardio in the morning (because it raises your metabolic rate more effectively than weights) and then weight train at night.
  • josephmovie

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    Sep 19, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Sounds to me like like you might be bored with your program, and so are not really into going to the gym. Try a new program. I also think the morning is the best time to go. Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room so you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. You could also try keep a few pics of men with your ideal bod in view, so you remember what your trying to achieve by going there in the first place.

    Could also get a training buddy so you both have to rely on the other one being there at a certain time.
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    Sep 19, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    Ok, I'm gonna be a smartass!

    If you REALLY wanna get moving in the mornings, set your alarm clock to go off to something really annoying like Brittney Spears and have your coffee pot set to start first thing.

    Or take a really cold shower.

    Or all three!

    I make the TV turn on to pre-recorded spongebob and turn it up REAL LOUD icon_biggrin.gif
  • TexanMan82

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    Sep 19, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    If you're that busy and know you'll be tired after school and work, do it in the morning to get it over with. How about a lunch break and head to the gym?
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    Sep 19, 2008 11:59 AM GMT
    cold showers = bad idea

    stop being lazy and go in the morning.

    i go every morning at 6 and i feel great the rest of the day
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    Sep 19, 2008 12:38 PM GMT
    I'd also suggest mornings. I've struggled with the best time of day and morning can be tough. But, I've found that if I get up at least 45 minutes before I have to workout, I can be fully awake when I do workout. Plus,since I have 45 minutes, I know that I'm not waking up and immediately hitting the weights (which can be daunting), but have some time to check email and "get up to speed" before I go, making the "getting out of bed" process a lot easier.

    I've tried mid-day (lunch) and early evening workouts. Lunch were the worst because as soon as the day got busy, it was very easy to justify skipping the gym and trying to get through all my work. Evenings were less of a problem, but more than a few times, I did succumb to the "I'm exhausted" after a long/busy day and skipped.

    Mornings don't give you time to come up with excuses and I also find my mind is clearer. Mid-day/evening workouts sometimes suffer because part of my head is still in the problems of the day vs. focusing on the exercises as I should.

    Plus the whole raised metabolism thing mentioned earlier is pretty powerful.

    The schedule that is best is the one that works for you, but all other things being equal, I think morning workouts give you the best bang for your effort (metabolism), allow the most focus and have the least number of "justifiable" reasons to skip. Just get up early enough to give your body some time to wake up and adjust before heading out. Makes the wake up much less traumatic.
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    Sep 19, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    I've done mornings (but I'm a zombie then) and afternoons (but every guy and his dog - so to speak! - is there then) so I've usually found it best for me to go at night. I have plenty of energy then - and am never in a hurry to cut a workout short - and then can kick back in the jacuzzi afterward if I want - as my post-workout reward!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 19, 2008 2:33 PM GMT
    I like to do cardio in the morning if I can...gets the blood flowing to the brain that the coffee didn't fully kick in yet...and then do weights or play racquetball at night. I have found if I break it up I am able to give both 100%
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    Sep 20, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    NNJfitandbi saidDo what works. There's no magical time to do it. GOOD advice you need? Well, work out. If you lift, make sure you rest your muscles. Get enough sleep.

    The trick is to make it a habit. The when isn't so important as long as it becomes a habit. I personally found that working out after 7 pm meant that I didn't sleep well.

    There's really no scientific answer, though the "experts" will voice their preferences. Just do it.

    What he said.......JUST DO IT! and fuck any one that doesn't agree or understand...JUST DO IT! NO EXCUSES! Do you work every day? Do you eat every day, do you breathe every day, do you sleep every day? Get your ass in the gym every day and do something different...No excuses! JUST DO IT!
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    Sep 20, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    I do both. A recent study says afternoons are best but previous studies said mornings when testosterone levels are higher.

    I say which ever you will stick to is best. The difference is probably small anyway and whatever gets you to the gym is best.

    I generally do cardio in the morning and lift in the afternoon but I have done the opposite as well. To each his own.