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Old 03-04-08, 03:36 PM
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Weight Training: Better in the Morning or After Dinner?

I am trying to tweak my workout with my weight training but i am starting to not like doing it at night... my cardio is on the weekend for 2 hours and that is at a gym so thats cool

my weights are at home but i want to continue to lose weight but looking for advice here
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Old 03-04-08, 03:38 PM
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Generally, especially if you do weight training, do it before you eat.

Also, what's the point of cardio for two hours at the gym?
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because i am unable to do it during the weekdays
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Old 03-04-08, 03:49 PM
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Generally, especially if you do weight training, do it before you eat.

Also, what's the point of cardio for two hours at the gym?
I wouldn't recommend weight training immediately after you eat, but I feel it's a good idea to eat a meal with some carbs 1-3 hours before lifting.
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Any exercise is better in the morning. Even if it isn't cardio, it does you good throughout the day. Having said that, I do it late at night because I r stupid.
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see my problem with night time is...i finish dinner around 7...i start to work out at 8... finish at 9 and immediately take a protein shake... but i just dont want the protein shake to sit there all night...
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the protein shake won't 'sit there all night'.
A post workout shake is an absolute necessity if you want to see results from training.
be sure to get in your protein and a fast carb (i.e banana, honey or Waxy Maize).
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Originally Posted by raven56706
see my problem with night time is...i finish dinner around 7...i start to work out at 8... finish at 9 and immediately take a protein shake... but i just dont want the protein shake to sit there all night...
It doesn't sit there all night. Muscles do 80% of their growth during the two hours following weight training. That's when they need to be fed.
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true but i right after the workout in about 2 hours i am sleeping already....
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Old 03-04-08, 04:48 PM
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true but i right after the workout in about 2 hours i am sleeping already....
thats when the muscles are feeding... you are still digesting it while you sleep

wherever you move it to, take the protien shake after the workout. I don't think moving weights to a different time of the day will help much in terms of weight loss. It can be good for you just in terms of mixing up your routine.

Personally I just fit it in whenever I can, which is usually afterwork, before dinner. I will have a late afternoon snack (banana or something) to make sure I don't bonk while working out (hmm, maybe thats what I forgot yesterday), but always have a shake or meal after working out.

If I do cardio in the morning, I vary my breakfast from nothing to a double bowl of oatmeal depending on how much cardio I plan to do.
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There is no conclusive evidence to show either.... Its important that you lift. Period. Morning, mid-day, evening, what ever it is that fits your schedule best. Add into that, eating clean and getting plenty of rest and you are golden.

PWM or protein shake is not a necessity either... Again, its your over all diet and making sure you are eating clean throughout the day. Macronutrient breakdown can be important (making sure that your diet isn't based on the low fat/ high carb intake wackiness) and just make sure you are getting good, clean sources of protein.

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