Is Weight Training Earlier In The Day More Beneficial For Muscle Gain?

By: Francesco A. Castano


One of the most frequently asked bodybuilding questions involves the most effective time to train, with many wondering if morning weight training workouts are superior for muscle growth. In fact, many bodybuilders make a focused effort to wake up earlier so that they can complete their weight training session, feeling that this is the most effective method for consistent muscle growth. Yet, is this actually so? The answer is not as clear as some may believe.

A vital bodybuilding technique for achieving maximum muscle growth is intensity, which simply means that full effort must take place throughout each weight training set, and this concept involves focused concentration that will determine the type of overall muscle gain produced. In order for a weight training session to provide a brutal level of focus and output, the bodybuilder must mentally and physically feel capable of engaging in the given weight training session, and this very factor must determine when a bodybuilder best schedules a weight training session for sustained muscle gain.

Many are correct in scheduling weight training workout sessions early, as they either enjoy their largest energy surge upon awakening, and feel inspired to engage in a weight training workout session at that time, or, due to very busy work and family commitments, cannot comfortably schedule a weight training session at a time other than very early in the morning, prior to pursuing many personal obligations, therefore forcing them into such a structure. But many who attempt to pursue early morning weight training workouts despite being able to train late in the day must analyze their own biological and emotional response to stress, and if they feel that early morning weight training allows them to provide the same level of mental focus and physical intensity as a later weight training workout, then they may maintain such a practice, but if a bodybuilder senses an increase in motivation during afternoon or evening hours, far beyond what is experienced earlier, then clearly, schedule allowing, the best time for that particular individual to engage in a weight training workout session is in the later hours, when he or she feels capable of focusing maximum mental and physical effort towards intense weight training.

One other variable that must be analyzed is whether a specific weight training time allows for improved consistency, as some who pursue early morning weight training may find that on some days, due to fatigue, they decide to wake up later, and begin skipping workouts due to lack of motivation. The bodybuilder should then determine if moving the weight training workout session later in the day is possible considering potential scheduling conflicts, and if making such a change is realistic, then this will prove to be the best possible choice to help with consistency.
Although weight training at different times each day is valid, and can work well if a bodybuilder is exceptionally disciplined, most weight lifters will find that performing their workouts at approximately the same time each day increases the probability of long term dedication, as scheduling, a very important aspect in keeping humans on task, can propel a bodybuilder into regular weight training workouts through habit, while to the contrary, regularly restructuring weight training workout times can easily allow a bodybuilder to skip workouts without experiencing any sense of remorse.

Although scheduling weight training workouts at identical times is preferred, those with changing shifts or who work multiple jobs may have no choice but to engage in workouts at various times based on their specific work schedule, yet it's best to plan ahead as far as possible to determine when those workout times will be so that, mentally, you develop a sense of accountability towards completing weight training obligations. This is far more effective as compared to the haphazard method that many bodybuilders adopt, which normally results in missed workout sessions.

The key in producing impressive muscle growth is to select a time during the day when both mental and physical energy is at the greatest levels, and I recommend staying with this same weight training schedule if work and family commitments permit. Although there is no perfect time to perform a weight training workout session that fits every individual, as this will depend upon personal circumstances and obligations, there is no doubt that the most important criteria in deciding when to schedule a workout session will be to select an hour when maximum physical effort is possible, which will lead to an intense, productive weight training experience.

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Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a bodybuilding routine for building muscle mass without supplements or drugs.

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