The Best Time to Train for Optimal Success

Getting results with your training isn’t all about sets and reps.

It doesn’t just have to do with exercise selection.

And, surprisingly, it isn’t even about how much intensity you put in.

These factors do all undoubtedly matter – particularly the final one – but there’s something that you’re overlooking by focusing on these alone.

It’s something many people don’t even consider when planning their routines and setting their fat loss goals.

And that’s the time you train.

Because this really can make a difference in your success.

In this post, you’ll learn:

  • What science says about training…
  • The BEST time to train
  • Hack the timing for your workout

What “Science” Says is Best

The first thing we need to address is what science and theory tell us are the best time to train.

In a perfect world, this is when we have the most energy, and due to our genetics, and our development since the days of our ancient ancestors, that is when the sun is at its highest – i.e. the middle of the day.

I know what you’re thinking –

“But Michael, the time of day I have most energy is straight after I’ve downed an energy drink, or I’m on my seventh coffee of the morning! Does that mean I should train then!?”

I hear you.

But here, though, we’re talking about the best scenario if we took all that caffeine and all those stimulants out of the equation, and focused on what our bodies do naturally – working in tandem with the sun.

Therefore, 12 pm is probably the best time to train.

This whole theory works on a bell curve system.

You can see exactly what that means in the video –

We Are Not Cavemen!

As great as it would be to be able to train at this peak time every single day without fail, and make the most of our bodies’ increased natural energy levels, it just doesn’t always happen.

In this crazy modern world you have a job, a family, kids, and so many distractions that training doesn’t always come top of your priorities list.

And that’s absolutely fine.

You can still get great results training at other times.

The “Real” Best Time to Train …

Is when you can fit training in.

It certainly isn’t a case of training being worthless, or a waste of time if it’s done mid-morning, late at night, 3:57 am – the real best time to train is whenever it fits your schedule the best.

Therefore, if that means the only time you can get to the gym, or even crush a workout at home is first thing before work, as soon as you get home from the office, or even last thing at night, then that’s when you should train.

Don’t be dictated to by theories if it means having to turn your life upside down just to get your session in during this “optimal” mid-day window.

3 Quick Hacks for Timing Your Workouts

To take away the stress of workout timings, and ensure you get your workouts done, I’ll share my top 3 tips for scheduling sessions with you –

  1. Plan

First and foremost, you need accountability, and you need to know in advance when you’re going to train.

So grab your diary, flick through the next few weeks, and write down the days and times you’re going to train … and stick to them.

  1. Have a Working Lunch

Or should that be a “working out” lunch?

Training during your lunch hour has three huge advantages.

Firstly, it means you are training at the optimal time.

Secondly, by only having an hour to change, work out and shower again afterward, it forces you to push yourself, and make the most of every minute.

And finally, getting your exercise done during the working day makes you more productive for the afternoon, and doesn’t detract from family time (the most important).

  1. Get Habitual

The key to having productive, successful workouts is to get into a groove, and become accustomed to the time that you train, so your body gets used to having to work hard at set times.

Therefore, it’s a great idea to find a time you can train every day, and stick to it.

The Moral of the Story

If you can train between 12 pm and 1 pm, you absolutely should.

But if that just isn’t an option, don’t worry.

You can still have a successful, productive workout that takes you closer to your fat loss goals, provided you get your session in, work hard, and don’t make excuses.

Finding the time to train and workout can be difficult, and even more so if you don’t have a plan of attack. Let us take the guesswork out of what workouts you should be doing by creating a Custom Training Plan just for you and your goals.

For more detail, tips and tricks, have a watch of the video:

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