I’m typing this at 9am on Monday morning. If I’m typing, I’m not training.

Why not? I train in the late afternoon/evening (most times).

I’ve tried both ways of training and I can say for sure that morning training is inferior. And by quite a significant margin. From my own experimentation, I am about 33% weaker when I train in the morning.

Put into solid figures, that means if I could normally lift a certain weight for 10 reps, I’ll get a max of 7 if I train in the morning. That’s a huge difference.

And you won’t know it until you try both.

Why such a dramatic change from morning to evening?

No-one knows for sure. I theorize there are 2 main issues:

  1. Catabolic hormones
  2. Neuro-muscular efficiency

Hormones like cortisol are elevated in the morning. This can prevent you from being at your strongest.

Neuro-muscular efficiency levels are not optimal in the morning either. This refers to the link between your brain and muscles. Muscle fibers are recruited and contract via motor units. This signal is just not rocking on all cylinders in the morning – it takes time to wake up.

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By the way, doing cardio in the morning on an empty stomach (fasted cardio) is not any more effective than doing it at any time. So if you want to shred fat and get ripped, it’s your total calories and energy expenditure over the full day that matters. Here’s a study to prove that point.

If you simply can’t do your weight training in the afternoon/evening, try using a pre-workout to shake off those morning cobwebs. MyPre from MyProtein is great and Legion Pulse is one of the best on the market.

But if at all possible, train later in the day. If you need to re-arrange things, go ahead and do it. You won’t regret it.

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