Optimal Training Times for Maximum Performance
Find out what how a few small adjustments to your training times can help you get the most out of your workouts.
Training at the right time during the day can have a major impact on your performance and your results. Sometimes, busy schedules can prevent any of us from choosing when we want to work out but in a perfect world, there are certain times that can produce better results depending on your goals.
If your goal is to get shredded, then you should try to hit the gym in the early hours of the day. In the mornings, you have less food in your stomach, forcing you to rely on your fat stores as a source of fuel for your workouts which can help you to cut the weight faster.
If you are looking to put on rock-solid muscle, then your training may be most effective when performed later on in the day. This is when your body's natural production of testosterone is at its peak and could potentially help you to lift heavier weight and have more intensity for your work out.
“Phil Heath prefers performing his workouts later on in the afternoons after he has eaten several meals.”
Ultimately, you should work out whenever your body feels most active. Branch Warren, 2012 Arnold Classic winner for example, prefers getting his work out done in the AM because that is when he feels most energetic. On the other hand, two-time Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath prefers performing his workouts later on in the afternoons after he has eaten several meals.
At the end of the day, if you're going to work your ass off in the gym to get into top shape, you should take every little advantage that you can get to help get that extra edge. By making some of these small adjustments and training at more appropriate times, you can be sure to get the most out of your workouts and maximize your results in the gym.