The Best Time To Schedule Muscle Gain Workouts
By Sean Nalewanyj
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What is the best time of day for muscle gain workouts? Some people say you should work out when you first wake up, after a full night's sleep. Others recommend that you work out later during the day when you body is more alert.
The fact of the matter is that the best time of day for muscle gain workouts is completely dependent on your preferences. Every person has a unique body clock. There are lots of "morning people" that love to weight train as soon as they get out of bed, while there are others who are more comfortable working out later in the day.
Thankfully, everybody is free to pick his or her own preferred time to exercise. By following your unique biological clock and exercising according, you will get the most from your muscle gain workouts.
I personally workout around 7 PM because I'm not an early bird thus I struggle to put forth the required effort in the mornings. I feel sick if I work out too early and I just don't feel as strong in the morning as I do in the evening. But it may be different for you, so you may find that you have the best muscle gain workouts in the morning when you are rested and rejuvenated.
When you choose to train matters far less than you following the proper pre- and post-working nutrition plans. This will help your muscle gain workouts to be more effective and enhance muscle recovery.
Once you complete your muscle gain workouts, your body is stressed and depleted of nutrients. Thus, your capacity to recover and obtain muscle growth is strongly dependent on the liquids and foods that you consume post-workout. You have a window of about 3 to 4 hours where it is a necessity that you consume the right foods in order to maximize your recovery process.
Therefore, irrespective of when you decide to perform your muscle gain workouts, it is a must that you set aside adequate time following your muscle gain workouts to take part in a good nutritional program. If you work out too late, you will not have that 4 hour window to consume and metabolize foods before you fall asleep.
In other words, to allow sufficient time to consume a post-workout meal, you need to schedule your muscle gain workouts a good bit before the time you typically fall asleep. Since it is vital that you get 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night, you should not exercise at 10 PM unless you typically sleep until 10 AM the next morning, regardless of how your body feels at that time.
I know people that perform muscle gain workouts at 9 PM, then go home and have a small meal with water right before falling asleep. This is just not the right approach.
If you want to get the most from your muscle gain workouts, you need to leave yourself enough time to rehydrate and eat a complete meal so that you can restore your water and nutrient balances before falling asleep.
Starting an 8 hour fast right after exercising will only work to hinder your workout progress.
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