Let’s face it – keeping a consistent training schedule is pretty challenging. If you’re a full-time athlete, then obviously, you have a lot more control over your time. But if you have a day job, a business or even if you coach, then sticking to a routine can be difficult.
Everybody has different situations and conditions to consider. You can be a stay-at-home mother busy with her children or you might be working the graveyard shift. Worse, you might have consistently shifting schedules, which also affects your sleep routine. Trying to find the right routine that works for your situation can require a lot of trial and error.
But, let’s say you’re like most people and have a 9-5 job. That limits your options for working out in the morning and the evening. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each schedule:
Training in the Morning
After getting a good nights rest is considered to be the best time to build muscle due to the higher testosterone levels and the boost of energy. Some coaches claim that morning training is the best for fat loss because training on an empty stomach allows the body to use fat as its primary fuel source, so if you train before eating breakfast you will essentially burn more fat.
Training in the morning also has the added benefit of the feeling of accomplishment that comes with starting your day off with a good workout.
Training in the Evening
Training in the evening, on the other hand, can work better for others because your body is fully awake, you’re already warmed up by your day-to-day activities and you can move closer to your peak performance and potentially accomplish more in these training sessions. Some people even train in the evenings as a form of stress relief to wind down from a stressful workday.
Training in the evening also has social advantages, as you can pull a buddy from work or school to the gym. In addition, people who only have time to train after work can provide each other that extra push or motivation.
The truth is that there's no reliable evidence to suggest that calories are burned more efficiently at certain times of the day. However, the time of day can influence how you feel when exercising.
It is easy to miss the point because we hear conflicting opinions on how training at a specific time may be “incrementally better” for you. However, you can only enjoy the primary benefits of training as soon as consistency is applied and training becomes a habit.
As I mentioned above, you might have a different schedule than most people, so some of this might not even apply to you. Instead of going after specific results or benefits, I leave you with these questions to consider:
If you can answer yes to both questions, then figuring when is the best time for you to train will be easy enough.