When is the best time to train?
I get this asked a lot so I thought I’d give a short blog on it for you all.
And it depends..
Yes depends on when you can fit it in and make time to train. Try and aim for a time of when you are at your best, mentally and physically. Some people like to train very early, some in the afternoon (like myself) and some late at night.
It’s all dependent on a few things too..
Aside from how the muscles perform, the thing to consider is how your hormones respond based on the different times of the day, specifically the hormones testosterone (one of the most anabolic, muscle-building hormones within the body) and cortisol (the stress hormone that’s been shown to break down muscle and also increase fat storage).
What some experts have found is that although resting testosterone levels are higher in the morning, a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology showed that testosterone actually rose more in the EVENING in response to training compared to in the morning
Further to that, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, cortisol levels are also lower in the evening compared to in the morning and the cortisol response to exercise is lower in the early evening (7.00pm) compared with the morning (7.00am.)
So what does this mean for your training?
Well basically your testosterone-cortisol ratio is better in the evening compared to in the morning, meaning hormonally you’re better able to burn fat and build muscle if you train in the evening.
But again it’s all dependent on what YOU can fit into your lifestyle. A lot of us live busy lives and are keen to habits/routines.
If you are looking to build muscle maybe try 2/3x weight training sessions in the evening. Or if you can’t seem to do that, try a morning session.
What’s your favourite time to train? Comment or send me a message I would love to know!