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What do you prefer, working out in morning or at night? (before or after work)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

OK the question is plain do you prefer working out in morning before work or in the evening after work? Or in the middle of the work day? And in case it makes a difference I am talking about crossfit type or resistance training type exercise, not running or swimming only.

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on September 30, 2011
at 09:15 PM

should read "I don't seem to get the same work-out..." phone keyboards are so tiny

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on September 30, 2011
at 03:06 PM

I personally prefer doing other stuff, and exercise is a necessary component of my day that I prefer to get done.

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on September 30, 2011
at 02:17 PM

Loves me my morning lifting. Nothing better than 10 sets of 2 box squats on the minute!

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Workout when you want to but stay off the leg press thingy. Squat. Do lunges. Deadlift. Don't sit down on some machine thingy.

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Neither. Working out at 6PM

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:19 PM

nah, its cos you know that in the afternoon your mental state will be wearing at you being all like "no im not going to work out now, I want to lie down" "no I said I would work out!" "no" etc. Its to save trouble of arguing with yourself

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:11 PM

I do any lifting in the morning, about 3 hours after I've risen, fasted. I do Jitsu in the evening at about 6pm, after having eaten about 3-4 hours before hand

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I thought that "getting exercise out of the way" was a notion of yesteryear. Don't people indulge in being mobile these days? At least for us paleos anyway?

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on September 30, 2011
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+1 for squatting.

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on September 30, 2011
at 02:00 AM

I LOVE the mornings, especial if the lifting is heavy and when isn't it? I love to feed the muscles at lunch then go back into IF til the next day. I get saeem to get the same work-out in the evening because what and when I eat after is as important as the lift.

Don't forget to do squats !

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on September 30, 2011
at 02:18 AM

+1 for squatting.

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on September 30, 2011
at 09:15 PM

should read "I don't seem to get the same work-out..." phone keyboards are so tiny

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 30, 2011
at 02:17 PM

Loves me my morning lifting. Nothing better than 10 sets of 2 box squats on the minute!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

In general I work out in the afternoon and really like to hit the sweet spot of approximately 4pm. If I work out in the morning it's on the weekends and I take coffee beforehand.

I don't think it's wise to cut into your sleep to get up and exercise. That seems contradictory. If you have no trouble getting in your 8 hours and you can get in to the gym before work go for it. You'll have less trouble losing fat for sure.

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:23 PM

If I can't get to my box after work, then I go in the morning. I do find that I perform better during the WODs though if I go at night after work. (5 class) Maybe because the 6am class requires me to get up at 515 and be out the door by 530am.

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on September 30, 2011
at 05:13 AM

I'm a morning person so nearly always in the mornings. Occasionally the afternoon if it's a weekend or something. If i leave it until evening time it tends not to happen.

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on September 30, 2011
at 02:21 AM

My boys and I meet up religiously for our 0600 WOD. We all met at a local box by going to the 0600 class and have now moved our group (4 of us) to a pretty decked out garage gym. The morning just works best for everyone's schedules, and we have gotten into a rhythm. On the rare occasion it is just me, I've tried working out at lunch and hate it, and have no desire to workout after work. On Saturdays, we back it up to 0800.

Like pjnoir said, SQUAT!

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on September 29, 2011
at 06:24 PM

I personally don't have it together well enough first thing in the morning to do an effective workout. My brain and therefore my body has to have a longer boot up process. By the time I am roused well enough to work out, I don't have time.

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on September 29, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Psychologically, a lot of people like to just get it out of the way by doing it in the morning.

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on September 30, 2011
at 02:18 AM

I thought that "getting exercise out of the way" was a notion of yesteryear. Don't people indulge in being mobile these days? At least for us paleos anyway?

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:19 PM

nah, its cos you know that in the afternoon your mental state will be wearing at you being all like "no im not going to work out now, I want to lie down" "no I said I would work out!" "no" etc. Its to save trouble of arguing with yourself

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on September 30, 2011
at 03:06 PM

I personally prefer doing other stuff, and exercise is a necessary component of my day that I prefer to get done.

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on September 29, 2011
at 04:57 PM

I generally work out in the mornings.

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on September 29, 2011
at 04:34 PM

I go to CrossFit at 7am. When I do Bikram it's also in the morning, 10am class.

I used to race so years of training and jumping into a pool at 5am + a second practice in the afternoon kind of set the tone. I used to crew and that was in the evening but it's totally different. When I was cycling I would get up and ride at 5-530am.

Why have I continued the morning workout routine? We're all kind of quiet and easy in the box that early. Cooler weather. Less people so more one-on-one coaching. I have kickass energy throughout the day. Kind of hard to explain but it's just... nice and chill. Evening workouts don't feel as productive to me.

Note: I average 7-8 hours of sleep a night for CF, 8-9 hours for Bikram.

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:28 PM

Neither.

I doubt its wise to stress body that hard after sleep tbh. Evening workout could cause insomnia and damage normal circadian rhythm. That leaves pre/post dinner workout which is probably the best option physiologically as your metabolism tends to go down, but you really want metabolism up but not that much so to prevent sleep.

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Thanks for all your input! I guess this isn't a question that has a right or wrong answer so I will summarise what I have learned from all of you. 1. do squats. I don't think I've done a workout in 5 years that hasn't involved squats or leg press at least. 2. Personal preference rules when it comes to choosing work out times.

I know that when I am really motivated I don't have much trouble getting up to force myself to work out in mornings. But I have this problem from having to train at 6.00am while at college and absolutely dreading the feeling of being a zombie when I wake up. I did an evening work out earlier this week and I quite enjoyed it. It was nice and refreshing to have some blood flowing in the evening, kinda like going for that evening hour walk after dinner.

Right now I will go after work for a while and if I get into it, I know i prefer the smaller groups of people in the morning. we will see.

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Workout when you want to but stay off the leg press thingy. Squat. Do lunges. Deadlift. Don't sit down on some machine thingy.

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