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Old 05-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Energy levels and workout time

I usually work out in the evening 8-9pm. I noticed when I work out in afternoon 2-3pm I have no energy and can barely get through half my workout. Any science behind workout time and energy levels?

I'm a night owl if that makes any difference. And mostly focused late at night.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:34 PM   #2
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do you drink coffee early in the morning? what are your eating patterns like
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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I would imagine it's because your body simply isn't used to it mid day. It's probably trained to peak energy levels at those "normal gym times".
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
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I don't drink coffee. I don't have breakfast, I have a big meal (8 egg whites + 2 egg omelet) around noon. Then a protein shake + 2 dates for carbs, I went to the gym after 30min, had no energy.

The other days when I have most energy at night, I usually have a big meal around noon, before working out just a protein shake. I have a big meal after my workout + some snacks during the day.

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So should I stick with evening workouts or try to get my body used to mid day workouts?
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I would imagine it's because your body simply isn't used to it mid day. It's probably trained to peak energy levels at those "normal gym times".
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #5
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k food doesn't look like an issue

didn't you say you had a bad sleep in your progress thread? the middle of the afternoon on a workday is most likely when you'd feel the effects the most
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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yes, but last week I went in the afternoon, had enough sleep, was out of energy as well. So should I keep going at night when I have the most energy or try to go in afternoon even if I'm tired?

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didn't you say you had a bad sleep in your progress thread? the middle of the afternoon on a workday is most likely when you'd feel the effects the most
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yes, but last week I went in the afternoon, had enough sleep, was out of energy as well. So should I keep going at night when I have the most energy or try to go in afternoon even if I'm tired?
is there a reason why you'd have to go in the afternoon? it is ideal to workout earlier in the day so you can cram more calories in post workout as opposed to before, but performance is way more important.

I still find it weird you are so out of energy in the afternoons
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I like to go sometimes in afternoon so I have the evening free especially with the weather getting nicer here.

It's weird, now that the evening is starting, I already notice my energy levels going up. Working out in the morning is the worst for me, even worse than the afternoon. Since I was in college all of my workouts/sports happen later in the day. I guess my body got used to it.


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is there a reason why you'd have to go in the afternoon? it is ideal to workout earlier in the day so you can cram more calories in post workout as opposed to before, but performance is way more important.

I still find it weird you are so out of energy in the afternoons
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My routine is the opposite z00, I workout first thing when I open my eyes in the morning. I wake up, have a banana, pick out a cute workout outfit, take about 10 minutes on these boards just poking around, then I demolish a pre workout drink ad drive to the gym. The drive to the gym is about 8 minutes, and by the time I get to the gym I have a rocket in my asss. Which results in crushing it at the gym early in the morning, Solly won't admit it but he likes when I give him something to think about at his work on the morning when I always text him what I'm doing.
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I tried working out really early before, almost fell asleep on the squat rack. Evening is when I rise like a vampire. You're a morning bird, I'm a night owl. Looks like I'll stick with working out in the evening.

I'm so mad. I only got to do one third of my workout, at least I did DLs and squats but missed on my shoulder workout.

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My routine is the opposite z00, I workout first thing when I open my eyes in the morning. I wake up, have a banana, pick out a cute workout outfit, take about 10 minutes on these boards just poking around, then I demolish a pre workout drink ad drive to the gym. The drive to the gym is about 8 minutes, and by the time I get to the gym I have a rocket in my asss. Which results in crushing it at the gym early in the morning, Solly won't admit it but he likes when I give him something to think about at his work on the morning when I always text him what I'm doing.
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if you go to bed earlier and wake up earlier (and force the habit over at least 30 days) you should notice your energy levels shift. but meh, I don't see the point
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Feeling groggy this morning. Ugh
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I'm stronger later in the day, but that's primarily due to intake. I don't like lifting when fasted.
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I usually work out in the evening 8-9pm. I noticed when I work out in afternoon 2-3pm I have no energy and can barely get through half my workout. Any science behind workout time and energy levels?

I'm a night owl if that makes any difference. And mostly focused late at night.
circadian rhythm says optimal performance is achieved at around 7PM

YMMV
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:21 PM   #15
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circadian rhythm says optimal performance is achieved at around 7PM

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I'm going to agree with this.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:12 PM   #16
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I don't think intake makes a big difference for me. Timing has a bigger effect.
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I'm stronger later in the day, but that's primarily due to intake. I don't like lifting when fasted.
This makes sense to me. I guess I'll stick with evening workouts.
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do you nap during the day?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:31 PM   #18
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Some days I do, others I don't. Yesterday I did not nap before my workout.

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I'm stronger later in the day, but that's primarily due to intake. I don't like lifting when fasted.
Same here, I seem to get dizzy if I work out fasted.
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Napping during the day is the biggest double edged sword there is. Feels incredible and its the most comfortable thing in the world except when I nap it turns into a short sleep, not an afternoon nap haha and I feel like death when I wake up and all I want to do is go back to sleep.
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