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    working out before bed???

    hpw bad is it to lift beofre bed? is it bad? is there a time you should wait between lifting and sleeping. my schedule with work and school is gettign crazy so i want to know if it will be beneficial or detrimental to lift right before bed?
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    Usually, training before bed will keep you awake. That being said, If it's the only time you have, then go ahead and train. Working out at a less- than -ideal time is way better than not working out at all. Good luck.
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    Originally Posted by hollyrenea View Post
    hpw bad is it to lift beofre bed? is it bad? is there a time you should wait between lifting and sleeping. my schedule with work and school is gettign crazy so i want to know if it will be beneficial or detrimental to lift right before bed?
    Exercise-induced cortisol elevation will probably attenuate nocturnal melatonin secretion thus leading to less than optimal sleep.

    You might want to find ways to bring yourself into a more relaxed state following exercise. And obviously, avoiding pre-exercise stimulants would be wise
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    I agree working out may keeping you from falling asleep right away. But its better than totally blowing it off. Or you could get up early and do it, that would be a good idea also.
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    Originally Posted by big blind jay View Post
    I agree working out may keeping you from falling asleep right away. But its better than totally blowing it off. Or you could get up early and do it, that would be a good idea also.

    When I work out at night, I have a hard time trying to stay awake afterwards! I workout, have a postworkout protein drink, shower, then eat a meal. Then I can't keep my eyes open.
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    As long as you have time to down a shake, shower, and eat a meal I see no problems with it. I used to do cardio, shower, and eat before bed. You sleep so good after cardio.
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    Originally Posted by nykwan View Post
    When I work out at night, I have a hard time trying to stay awake afterwards! I workout, have a postworkout protein drink, shower, then eat a meal. Then I can't keep my eyes open.
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    As long as you have time to down a shake, shower, and eat a meal I see no problems with it. I used to do cardio, shower, and eat before bed. You sleep so good after cardio.
    I knew many people who loved working out before bed time. It is also great for the muscles, if you don't IMMEDIATELY hop into bed.

    Get done with your workout, have the post workout shake & meal, then shower. If your shower is about 30-60 minutes before bed, you will fall fast asleep. After a shower, your body temperature is elevated, within 30-60 minutes, as your body returns to it's normal temperature your body will start slowing down (creating the perfect opportunity to fall asleep) that coupled with the fresh batch of food in your stomach, you shouldn't have a problem.
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    Originally Posted by chazzy1864 View Post
    I knew many people who loved working out before bed time. It is also great for the muscles, if you don't IMMEDIATELY hop into bed.

    Get done with your workout, have the post workout shake & meal, then shower. If your shower is about 30-60 minutes before bed, you will fall fast asleep. After a shower, your body temperature is elevated, within 30-60 minutes, as your body returns to it's normal temperature your body will start slowing down (creating the perfect opportunity to fall asleep) that coupled with the fresh batch of food in your stomach, you shouldn't have a problem.
    yeah im one of them. if i have something the next day that im nervous about, or im just to hyper to sleep, some pushups supersetted with crunches always knocks me right out. all my friends are the same way.

    you guys must not be working out hard enough before bed if you still have energy left.
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    Originally Posted by nykwan View Post
    When I work out at night, I have a hard time trying to stay awake afterwards! I workout, have a postworkout protein drink, shower, then eat a meal. Then I can't keep my eyes open.
    Same. When I get home I drink my shake, take a shower, relax for a half hour or so before eating dinner. 30-45 minutes later I can barely keep myself upright on most nights.
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    I work out at night also because I have work and school and I usually get home around from the gym 10-11pm. I don't find problem sleeping afterwards. I'm usually tired and sleepy after attacking the weights.
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    Just like I mentioned above....

    I just did squats tonight...had my post workout drink and just finished my shower....I feel sooo sleepy already but I gotta stay up to eat a meal first....

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    Originally Posted by chazzy1864 View Post
    I knew many people who loved working out before bed time. It is also great for the muscles, if you don't IMMEDIATELY hop into bed.

    Get done with your workout, have the post workout shake & meal, then shower. If your shower is about 30-60 minutes before bed, you will fall fast asleep. After a shower, your body temperature is elevated, within 30-60 minutes, as your body returns to it's normal temperature your body will start slowing down (creating the perfect opportunity to fall asleep) that coupled with the fresh batch of food in your stomach, you shouldn't have a problem.
    absolutely man. perfect recipie for passing smoooooth out. this use to be my lifestyle and i loved it. that plus sometimes i would flip the tv to sports center and fall asleep to that
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    I always workout at night, about two hours before sleep
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    scientific explanations aside, i workout before bed and i go to sleep fine.
    okay, i don't come home and fall right asleep, but i get done around 8 and go to sleep around 9:30. that gives me time to eat before bed.
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    Iv been doing this for over 5 years, never a problem. Heavy workout with cardio I fall asleep like a baby. Unless I am hoped on on caffeine and ephedrine then ya right. Im on leviathan and thyrogen x and have 0 problems.
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    Its good for you.

    When you sleep you grow more and burn fat. Your body will naturaly release HGH in your system.. I usually work out lightly in the morning with a decent workout. Then workout twice as hard at nighttime. Before working out at night I eat a good amount of peanut butter. After, I drink about 2 large glasses of milk(Amino acids, protein, and helps you sleep). After drinking the milk I immediately go to sleep. Everyone I know started complimenting me on my muscle gains after a week. I swear by this routine. I've been doing this for about 2 months and I already have people asking me for tips. BTW I use no supplements besides a daily multivitamin.
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    Personally I cant sleep if I work out late. Mostly after leg work. Sex helps though....or if you're on your own you could always bash one out.
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    Originally Posted by chazzy1864 View Post
    I knew many people who loved working out before bed time. It is also great for the muscles, if you don't IMMEDIATELY hop into bed.

    Get done with your workout, have the post workout shake & meal, then shower. If your shower is about 30-60 minutes before bed, you will fall fast asleep. After a shower, your body temperature is elevated, within 30-60 minutes, as your body returns to it's normal temperature your body will start slowing down (creating the perfect opportunity to fall asleep) that coupled with the fresh batch of food in your stomach, you shouldn't have a problem.
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    I find that training before bed keeps me awake for a long time.
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    Exercise-induced cortisol elevation will probably attenuate nocturnal melatonin secretion thus leading to less than optimal sleep.
    That is a nuts sentences. I find working out late makes me sleep more. cardio or weight training, im struggling to stay awake driving home from the gym
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    Hello. I usually get home around 8-9pm and immediately have a meal. 45 minutes after eating I start working out for at least 1 hour. After my workout I have my whey protein (with water). Around 11pm I'm done and have taken a shower. Should I also be having a small deal after the workout? or possibly take Casein protein before going to bed?
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    I've been training from 8:30 to 10:00 or so weeknights twice or three times a week for several years. Eat an hour later and in bed at 11:30 or so. No problems sleeping and in fact I usually sleep well because I am exhausted. If that is what fits your schedule, then that's fine. The more immediate problem may be the quality of the workouts if you are already exhausted from a day at work, school or both.
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    Originally Posted by WG31hardwork View Post
    Hello. I usually get home around 8-9pm and immediately have a meal. 45 minutes after eating I start working out for at least 1 hour. After my workout I have my whey protein (with water). Around 11pm I'm done and have taken a shower. Should I also be having a small deal after the workout? or possibly take Casein protein before going to bed?
    You should be having some carbs either with the post workout shake, in a small meal an hour later before bed or both. The carbs help with the muscle repair process post workout. For me, its both.
    Real men hit the weights AND do their cardio.

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    It's a completely individual thing. Some people will stay awake for awhile after exercise and some won't. I train from roughly 9:30 to 11:00 PM when I hit the weights/cardio/exercise and I can sleep fine afterwards. (Heck, I've been training better since I started lifting at night because I'm a night person). Most timing questions are answered by trial and error. Do what works best for you or whatever fits or schedule. As long as you get your nutrients throughout the course of a day, it doesn't matter when you eat. As long as you're consistent and you can sleep/recover, it doesn't matter when you train. Do whatever fits your schedule.
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    Originally Posted by nykwan View Post
    When I work out at night, I have a hard time trying to stay awake afterwards! I workout, have a postworkout protein drink, shower, then eat a meal. Then I can't keep my eyes open.
    great post from the past. i agree. i started doing evening workout, 2 hours before sleep, and its amazing.
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