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When is the best time to hit the gym?

Working out is a key part in many people’s lives, but a question many people ask is, when is the best time to work out? Is it better to hit the weights early or sneak in a post-work gym session? Whatever your current routine, if you find it isn’t working for you as well as you would like, it may be time to rethink your schedule…

Early morning
Heading to the gym first thing has a lot of benefits. It will set you up for the day, leaving you energised and likely more productive, and you’ll be less likely to indulge in naughty treats if you’ve already put in the hard work. That being said, getting up earlier than you have to, particularly on a dark winter morning, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Afternoon
Make the most of cheaper, off-peak membership by heading to the gym in the afternoon. Not only will the place be quieter, giving you the space and time you need, but it could help re-energise you, beating that afternoon slump so many of us feel.

Early evening
Heading to the gym after work is a popular time for many of us, mainly because it is the easiest time of day to fit in activity. Working out is a great stress-reliever, so perfect for those who’ve had a tough day at work. If you’ve been sat behind a desk all day, it is also a great way to burn off some energy – great for promoting a good night’s sleep.

Whatever time you work out, if it works for you then great, however, if you find yourself finding excuses not to go, or are feeling sluggish when you do make it to the gym, it may be time to overhaul your routine. Simply going to the gym isn’t enough if you want to achieve your body goals.

Try to shake things up a bit, while you may baulk at the idea of getting up an hour earlier than usual, you may be surprised at how easily it fits into your regular routine. Likewise, if you are a gym early bird but are naturally more of a night owl, ditch the alarm and try the gym in the evening, it may be the boost you need.

 

 

Sam Yassin

With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coming from the country’s most elite sporting town, Loughborough, Sam Yassin is an experienced strength and conditioning coach. He is a member of the UKSCA and is currently working towards his full accreditation. Having passed his examination and LTAD (Long-term Athletic Development) case study, he is well on his way to becoming a gold standard S&C coach. Sam has long been involved in the sporting world, having competed in a wide range of sports from a young age, despite being born with bilateral talipes and having had more than 5 lower body surgeries. In his final year of university, he gained valuable insight into what it takes to be part of a professional team as he interned at Leeds United Football Club as a strength and conditioning coach.

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