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    Training earlier in the day vs training late at night.

    Today I had some time so I decided to train early, went to the gym at 2:00 PM. Now I have been training at night (late night 10PM 11PM) for many many years and I thought there wouldn't be a difference, but actually there was.

    I felt sluggish and the weight felt slightly heavier, not sure if it was mental or my body is just accustomed to training late in the evening.

    Have any of you felt a difference when you went out of your original time slot?
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    Anything from noon on and I'm good. I've done 12:00, 3:00, 8:00 and so on and don't feel much of a difference. Never tried as late as 10 or 11 but I think that would be tough as I would be tired by then. Too early in the morning however is just pointless for me. I give credit to those that hit they gym at 5:30 before work. I'm still dreaming at that time.

    My sweet spot seems to be right between 12:00 and 1:00 followed by a good protein meal.
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    Originally Posted by Overload View Post
    Anything from noon on and I'm good. I've done 12:00, 3:00, 8:00 and so on and don't feel much of a difference. Never tried as late as 10 or 11 but I think that would be tough as I would be tired by then. Too early in the morning however is just pointless for me. I give credit to those that hit they gym at 5:30 before work. I'm still dreaming at that time.

    My sweet spot seems to be right between 12:00 and 1:00 followed by a good protein meal.
    I give props to those who get up at the wee hours to train for real, that sh!t has to be difficult.

    I might try doing it again this Wednesday (I am training Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays now) to see how it feels but for sure todays workout was very sluggish.
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    I'm better later in the day. I think it's actually a case of the more times I have eaten before I train, the better it goes.
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    Originally Posted by DuracellBunny View Post
    I'm better later in the day. I think it's actually a case of the more times I have eaten before I train, the better it goes.
    Hmmm interesting point.

    By the time I train in the night, I have already met my calories for the day, but when I trained today at 2:00 I ate 3 meals, not sure how many calories I had consumed, I will jot that down on Wednesday, thanks for the input.
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    I work shift work so I've had to adapt to going at different times of the day but my best workouts are usually after I've been up for just a couple of hours. I generally feel worse if it's at the end of the day.
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    Originally Posted by mirroroferised View Post
    I work shift work so I've had to adapt to going at different times of the day but my best workouts are usually after I've been up for just a couple of hours. I generally feel worse if it's at the end of the day.
    I wk shift work also. Training time varies week to week.
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    Originally Posted by mirroroferised View Post
    I work shift work so I've had to adapt to going at different times of the day but my best workouts are usually after I've been up for just a couple of hours. I generally feel worse if it's at the end of the day.
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    I wk shift work also. Training time varies week to week.
    Damn that has to be difficult, the body doesn't have time to adjust/adapt or maybe that is a good thing..
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    Originally Posted by bodyhard View Post
    Damn that has to be difficult, the body doesn't have time to adjust/adapt or maybe that is a good thing..
    you get used to it but I still definitely have my favourite times. I suppose in a way it's a bonus since I'm not in the mindset of only one time is best.
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    John: I used to have the same problem, as , years ago, the ONLY time I could train was late at night, like you....

    I would be very sluggish in the afternoon.....

    These days, It has become more difficult for me to train at night at the end of busy days, and I now find that I do fine with mid afternoon sessions....that, or mid morning when life permits.....
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    I believe some people are morning people - they reach their peak level of performance early. I believe some people are night people - they reach their peak level of performance late at night. I spent the past 18+ years working at 6:30 am or 5:00 am. I am not a morning person. I have no trouble getting up for work at 5:00 am or 4:00 am - I just don't feel I am at my best until late afternoon or evening. Working at the crack of dawn for nearly 2 decades has done nothing to change it for me. I have always preferred working out after 8:00 pm. It's 7:45 pm here right now. Heading to the gym in 30 minutes.........
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    Originally Posted by Edman316 View Post
    I believe some people are morning people - they reach their peak level of performance early. I believe some people are night people - they reach their peak level of performance late at night. I spent the past 18+ years working at 6:30 am or 5:00 am. I am not a morning person. I have no trouble getting up for work at 5:00 am or 4:00 am - I just don't feel I am at my best until late afternoon or evening. Working at the crack of dawn for nearly 2 decades has done nothing to change it for me. I have always preferred working out after 8:00 pm. It's 7:45 pm here right now. Heading to the gym in 30 minutes.........
    I agree, I am a night person myself. I hate working out before about 5 or 6 pm. I'd rather go to the gym around 7 or 8 pm.
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    People have natural daily rhythms where you have more energy at some points in the day and less energy at others -- and it varies from person to person. Some people train best early in the morning, but for me, training at night works best. I have tons of energy at night. Lately, I have been trying to train at noon so I can have my evenings free, and the difference is huge. At noon, my energy is tanked, weight feels heavier, heart rate is notably higher, and I can't wait to get out of the gym. It sucks.
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    I don't do well training before noon. Everything feels heavy.
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    i train at 4 or 430 am and i have been training in the morning for 10 years now. i haven't really noticed a difference in strength. up until 2005 i trained in the afternoon, mostly after 2 or 3, but i was in my teens and 20's, no wife or kids. i did train in the evening for a few months a few years ago only because i didn't think i could get up at 4 am to train early, now it's like second nature.

    however, sometimes i'm not mentally prepared and if i didn't get in enough calories the day before, i feel sluggish the next morning as i did today.
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    Originally Posted by bodyhard View Post
    I give props to those who get up at the wee hours to train for real, that sh!t has to be difficult.

    I might try doing it again this Wednesday (I am training Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays now) to see how it feels but for sure todays workout was very sluggish.
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    I train at night mostly but on weekends I'll sometimes go in the afternoons and don't notice a difference.

    I hated morning training when I tried it.
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    I think you just get used to whatever pattern you follow, and consistency really helps. I am in no way a morning person, but with the help of an Espresso machine and pre-workout powder, I get good 6:30 workouts done. After months of this, the idea of training after a day at work seems alien. I've done it a couple of times and had decent sessions, but would be discouraged looking ahead to doing that every evening.
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    Originally Posted by trickyB View Post
    I don't do well training before noon. Everything feels heavy.
    Same here. I can barely get the lid off a jar of jelly before noon let alone try to work out. I have to be up for three or four hours first and get a few meals in.
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    I've trained every time of day you can imagine over the years. For me there is usually a 1 or 2 week adjustment period before things feel normal again but that only happened if the change was drastic like going from morning to night. Generally I prefer training in the afternoon to early evening because I'm stronger after getting at least 2 or 3 meals in me but I've had no trouble adapting to other times.
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    I train very early in the morning most of the time (between 2-4am), so if I have to postpone it for later I can occasionally notice a difference. Sometimes it ends up being better as I'm better rested too.
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    Give your body time to adjust. It takes a couple of weeks for the body clock to adjust.
    Morning are the best if u can make time in it.

    Afternoons are evenings are still better than at night.

    But working out anytime is better than not working out any day. So don't let any timings make u skip the workouts.
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    I have tried after work but I don't like it.

    If I work, I'm in the gym at 5am. I feel my best early, I'm up before the sun everyday. Being in construction, I'm just to weak/hungry by the end of the day. Even while not working I'm in there by 8am ready to do it, I feel great.

    And honestly, if I didn't lift first thing, I wouldn't always make it. I think early lifting gives me a better attitude through the rest of the day too.
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    Just a couple of months ago I went through similar issue:

    I consider myself a morning person and typically worked out around 8am on my days off, occasionally, after work at around 7pm. (Used to work 12hr shifts). The 7pm nights were hard, not a lot of energy left at that time for me.

    Well, they changed my work schedule and now I'm typically working out around 5pm and definitely feel stronger that time of day. Looking back in my workout book, I can see a difference in the workouts. For me, the 4pm - 5pm seems to be "right" time of day to workout.
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    I train from 6:30AM - 8:30AM. I find my cardio easy at this time of day, and weights heavy.

    If I train of an evening (mentally fatigued with my work) I can't be bothered busting my balls with cardio, but I do tend to find weight training "easier" at the same weight. That said, of a morning, I'll never bail on the last part of a drop set, or cut short on a very high rep set.. Of an evening, I'm more likely too because mentally, I just don't have the same level of motivation.
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    I guess most people dont have the luxury to train when they want.

    But if u do, I always found late mornings after having a couple of meals was always my best workouts in terms of hitting PRs.
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    Since I work out primarily at home I really don't have a regular time slot. How energetic the work out will be depends a lot on my mood. I guess the quality of my work outs are driven more by emotional state than time slot.
    How can you visualize training a muscle if you don't know its structure?
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    My normal training time is at the gym by 5am during the week and mid-afternoon (3-4pm) on the weekends. On occasion, I do hit the weights with an evening workout (around 7pm) during the week, if I have things come up to affect my normal early morning wakeup. What I can tell is that I am stronger in the afternoons and evening workouts, which is probably more to do with food intake throughout the day more than anything. Depending on how stressful my day is, my evening workouts can be affected by lower energy levels. Now for early mornings, I hit the gym running. By the time I take my pre and drive to the gym, I am ready to move some weights. I tend to be more focused and less easily distracted in the mornings. So I guess, they each have their own place and time (LOL).
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    If I workout after 12pm I find I'm a little weaker then 1st thing in the morning. Like someone said, its what get used to.
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