WHEN to TRAIN for MUSCLE GAIN?

Should you workout in the morning, afternoon or at night to gain muscle? A lot of people recommend that you should train first thing in the morning, after a good nights rest. Others suggest that you train later in the day when your body is fully awake. Everyone’s body is different. Lots of people like to train right after they wake-up, while others prefer to train later in the day. You should schedule your workout based on your personal preferences. When it comes to working out for gaining muscle, you should listen to your body and workout accordingly.         

The truth is when it comes to working out for gaining muscle, there is no perfect time. The best time to workout is going to depend on your personal needs. If your a morning person, you probably enjoy training in the morning, while others feel more comfortable working out later in the day. Myself personal I like to train later in the day. This is when I feel the strongest and have the most energy to handle weights when training in the gym.  While I love doing cardio first thing in the morning, i feel I get out more from my workouts in the evenings.

There is no proof that either morning or evening workouts gain more muscle then the other. What is more important is making sure you are getting the proper nutrients and rest needed to gain muscle. A lot goes into gaining muscle, there are many components that come into play. You want to make sure you are getting in 5-7 solid bodybuilding style meals per day. At the end of the day, if you want to gain weight and pack on muscle you need to eat more calories than your burn throughout the day. 

If you don’t get enough quality protein, carbohydrates and fats per day, you will not grow any muscle. Probably the most overlooked factor of gaining muscle is proper rest.  When you workout you put your body under significant stress and break down the muscle fibers. Rest permits energy to return to the muscles and allows the nervous system to also bounce back. Rest gives you a chance to re-feed the muscles with protein to restore a positive protein balance thus progressing muscle strength, size and endurance.  Drink water, and lots of it! 

One of the most overlooked factors of muscle gain is water consumption.  Since water makes up about 70% of our bodies, this should be a no-brainer.  If your body is dehydrated, your muscles will also suffer as well.  Its important to drink water through the day and get even more during your workout.

The key to successfully gaining weight is eating enough calories, training hard, resting and water consumption.  But most important is, not to give up!!!

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