When Should You Perform Your Muscle Gaining Workout?
By Sean Nalewanyj
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When is the best time to perform your muscle gaining workout?
Some say that you should workout as soon as you get out of bed because your body has had the chance to rest all night. Yet others say that you should schedule your muscle gaining workout later in the day because your body is more awake.
Actually, the best time for a muscle gaining workout is entirely up to you.
Every individual’s body clock works differently. The early birds prefer to do their muscle gaining workout immediately after they wake up, and others prefer to workout some time in the evening.
The simple answer is to schedule your workouts according to your own preferences.
I personally like to train at around seven in the evening because I’m just not a morning person, and I find it very difficult to exert a lot of effort early in the morning.
I become nauseated when I train too early, and my strength levels are higher in the evening than in the morning.
That’s just the way my body clock functions.
When you perform your muscle gaining workout is entirely up to you. Just pick a time where it fits into your schedule and where you can put forth the best overall training performance.
The only thing to keep in mind is the issue of post workout nutrition.
You'll want to get in a high quality meal of protein and carbohydrates within a couple hours of finishing your workout, so you definitely don't want to perform your muscle gaining workout immediately before bed.
Try to leave a gap of at least a couple hours so that you can finish your session and get some high quality nutrition in before you head off to sleep.
Although the post workout period is not the be-all-end-all of bodybuilding nutrition like some make it out to be, it definitely does have an effect on your ability to properly recover after training.
I would ideally recommend a post workout shake (whey protein + carbs) followed by a solid food meal a couple hours later, but if you can only get in one of these before bed that should be okay too.
Other than the issue of post workout nutrition, the time that you perform your muscle gaining workout is basically a non-issue.
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