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Building Muscle: Best Time For Hitting The Gym

By Don Demarco

What time of the day should you perform your muscle gain workouts?

Many people recommend that you should perform your workouts first thing in the morning, after a peaceful night’s rest.

Yet others say that you should schedule your workouts later in the day because your body is more awake.

The truth is that the best time for doing your muscle gain workouts is completely up to you.

No two people have the same body clock.

The early birds prefer to workout immediately after they wake up, and others prefer to workout sometime in the evening.

The good news is that you should schedule your workouts according to your preferences.

In fact, you can reap the maximum benefits from your muscle gain workouts by following your body clock and scheduling your workouts accordingly.

I like to train at around seven in the evening because I’m just not a morning person, and I find it very difficult to exert such a lot of effort early in the morning.

I feel queasy when I train too early, and my strength levels are also lower in the morning.

That’s just the way my body clock functions.

You might think that you can perform your muscle gain workouts best in the morning when you’re body is properly rested.

It doesn’t matter when you train; you just have to ensure that you take care of your pre and post-workout nutrition.

This will not only make your muscle gain workouts more effective but will also allow your muscles to recover faster.

Muscle gain workouts put a lot of stress on your body, and your recovery time is based, in part, on the nutrition that you give your body after the workout.

This gives you a timeframe of around three to four hours in which you should pay special attention to what you eat so that you can maximize your benefits from the recovery process.

Basically, it doesn’t matter when you schedule your muscle gain workouts as long as you have sufficient time afterwards to focus on post-workout nutrition.

For example, if you schedule your workout too late at night, you won’t have sufficient time to eat and digest all the recommended foods before you call it a night.

So, to allow sufficient time for post-workout nutrition, there should be a gap between your workout and bedtime.

You need to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night, so it’s not a good idea to workout very late at night, no matter how active you feel then, unless you can also sleep in till late next morning.

I’ve seen people performing their muscle gain workouts at 9 pm, heading home for a small meal and some water, and then hitting the sack.

They’re doing the wrong thing.

To make your muscle gain workouts truly effective, you have to leave a gap of three to four after your workouts so that you can eat a proper meal, drink lots of water, and focus on proper post-workout nutrition.

Don’t be so eager to go an eight hour fast soon after your workout, you’ll only hinder your progress.

You can get more tips for your muscle gain workouts from the website below….

By Don Demarco. Don has years of experience in body building and writes a fitness column read by thousands every week. Have you been misled by these 5 fitness myths? Find out at Men’s Workout Heaven Don’t forget to check out the FREE high quality Muscle Building Video Course. Visit Men’s Workout Videos

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Demarco, Don "Building Muscle: Best Time For Hitting The Gym." Building Muscle: Best Time For Hitting The Gym. 4 Jul. 2010. 13 Aug 2014 <>.

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