Morning vs evening training. Which is best?
Morning v Evening training, which is best?
People often ask what's the best time of the day to train for strength gains and fat loss. This is like asking how long is a piece of string.
Yes, studies have shown optimal times but these studies were done on full time athletes and not your average Joe working a full time job.
Professional athletes are told what time to get up, what time to eat, what to eat and how to train. Everyday people get up when the alarm tells them they have to. Their sleep patterns depend on if their kids woke during the night, how late they stayed up binge watching the latest box-set or when they finished that last minute work report. Their eating habits depend on what is in the fridge, how well stocked the canteen in work is and how quick they can make something after a long day in work.
Are you a morning person? Are you someone that hits the snooze alarm 10 times before crawling out of bed? Do you work crazy shifts alternating between days and nights?
With all this in mind you need to find a time that suits your lifestyle. Your not going to hit big numbers in the morning if you don't eat breakfast, your last meal the previous day was 5pm or you only had a couple of hours sleep. Similarly, you won't beat that PB in the evening if your food choices during the day consisted of a donut at 10am and a chocolate biscuit at 4pm.
Time of day really doesn't matter if you don't get the simple things right. A good diet, a proper nights sleep and a routine will help you achieve those hard sought-after results.