There’s lots of science out there done on athletes about the “best” time to train for both maximum performance during your workout and gains in the long run.
I’ve written about them before.
Which brings me to an email I got from Jason the other day.
“I recently bought kettlebell strong…and my question is, what are your thoughts on working out first thing in the morning before eating anything?
I’m 41 years old and running a successful business and these days I find myself time and energy bankrupt.
At the end of the day I’m exhausted and my kids want my attention, and it seems the only time I may have is if I get up before anyone. ..but I am very tired.
Any suggestions? Maybe write about this in your newsletter or something, I’m sure I’m not the only one.”
So let’s get some things out of the way right off the bat:
If you’re not getting paid to play sports, then you’re not an “athlete.”
Can you be “athletic?”
And you should be.
It’s how you stave off the aging process.
So back to the “best time of day” to train.
Here’s what I told Jason:
“I think you gotta do what you gotta do to do what you gotta do, know what I mean?
So, if that’s the “best” time for your schedule, so be it.
I personally would get some branched chain amino acids and some coffee in me so I’m not totally on empty.
Then, EAT a lot post-workout – biggest meal of the day.”
So if you’re family is a priority (and it should be), then you need to schedule your training around a time that’s conducive for them.
For example, I usually train about 4/430pm for a half hour. Then, I come in and play with my kids while my wife makes dinner.
For me, I choose not to train in the morning, because that’s my most productive time for other things.
So, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
The point is that you get it done.
And your workouts don’t need to be long or drawn out.
Get in, get out, and get on with your day.
I recommend 5-10 minutes of restorative work as a warm up.
Then 15-25 minutes of actual work.
Then a 5 minute cooldown.
You should be able to knock out a very productive training session in right around 30 minutes.
Sometimes less, depending on your focus and yourcurrent stress / commitment levels.
Train when you can. It may be inconvenient to you at first, but so is spending your “golden years” in a nursing home because you’re too weak to wipe your own butt.
So get it done.
PS – Look, I know what it’s like to struggle to get your workouts in.
My workouts today look nothing like they did my my 20s or 30s.
Right now it’s one main exercise and one “auxiliary” exercise – something that compliments that main exercise.
Back then, it was 3 to 8 exercises each training session.
Sometimes you just need to get a foothold by doing something simple and short.
If you think it’d be helpful for you, I’d be happy to send you a 15-minute KB workout every day – 5 days a week.
It’s a great way to start – or finish your day.