Morning Workouts vs. Evening Workouts

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  1. Harry says:

    I’m lucky in that my work day is flexible. My morning workouts are at about 9-10am and my evening ones are either 5pm or 8pm, depending on how busy I am in the afternoon.

    I like the idea of trying a super-early routine for a bit. There’s something pretty cool about being disciplined enough to do it, but I find that sooner or later I’ll have a late-night, then a later morning, then a later night…

  2. suzanne says:

    I work in the afternoons so morning workouts are the best fit for me.

  3. I too like sleep! So my workouts do best in the evening.

    Tony B. @ Half of 360

  4. MikeW says:

    I already drag out of bed shortly after 5:30 during the work week. If I were to try to get my workouts in early, I would need to bump that to 4:30, and I just don’t see that as a possibility for me.

    I am fortunate that I have a workout room in my “shed”. I don’t have a full gym, but a few pieces of equipment to do a basic workout. It easy for me to get in an evening workout and only be a few steps from the wife and little girl in the evenings. They even show up while I am exercising sometimes if they are outside for play time. The elliptical is in the house, so I can get my cardio in without having to drive to a gym also.

    Yeah, it cuts into the family time a little bit, but the wife agrees that it is better to miss a little time now, as I lose weight and get healthy. The little time missed now should payoff in being around a lot longer than if I did nothing to change my life now.

  5. Cliff Kline says:

    I go home and workout at lunch. The problem is that sometimes I have difficulty getting away from work due to meetings, etc. In that case I work out once I get home. I agree that morning workouts are the best, for all the reasons you listed. I will have to try them again!

  6. Tyler says:

    I know you what you mean. I’m trying to avoid that this weekend, where I stay up later, but wake up later as well. That could really mess me up come Monday morning, but I’m going to try to not let it.

  7. Tyler says:

    What time in the evening?

  8. Tyler says:

    My wife and I agree on the well. Time missed exercising is just an investment in our future together. The better in shape I am, the longer I’ll hopefully live. And I agree, 4:30 is getting pretty early, and I don’t think I could make it a habit of waking up in the 4s.

    5 is working out fine for now, though.

  9. Emily says:

    I am a morning person by nature. I got into the habit of the 5 pm workout, but it cut into my family time. I am back to getting up at 5:15, hitting the gym from 6-7 (I am lucky enough to have a gym at my job, so I can shower and primp in 25 minutes and be at my desk 30 minutes after working out.)

    This way, I leave work- embark on the 45 minute commute and am home by 5:30 for family time. And I am in bed generally by 10 to do it all the next day! Working out in the morning is by far my favorite. And, I feel really accomplished by the time I make it to my desk- and there isn’t that lull in the morning while I get my brain activated.

  10. BossyMommy says:

    Up at 4:30am every day, baby. I’m with you all the way on this. Done and out of the way is definitely the only way to go. Glad you’ve finally seen the light. 🙂

  11. Narcogirl says:

    Hey Tyler,

    I feel ya on this one-the only way I am sure to get a workout in is if I get up before my hubby and kids! I get up at 4:30am, do my workout, and am dressed and ready before anyone else is even up. If I try to do it at night, I’m either too tired or someone needs me to do something or take care of something.
    4:30am is the only time that’s truly my own…ha!

  12. Kyle says:


    Right now I set my alarm for 6am, and usually arrive at the gym by 7am, and after my workout and shower I’m out of the gym ~9am. When I started this journey I worked out right after work (around 5:30pm or so). Like you, I love my sleep as well, but I like knowing that my workout gets done before anything else that way (like you said) nothing can get in the way.

    I remember a few years ago when I was working out at a gym I used to get up at 4am and arrive at the gym before the first employee was there. I used to joke with the staff that they should give me a set of keys! 😛

  13. fatbride says:

    I think morning workouts are also very beneficial because it makes me more aware of my food choices. It’s a lot easier for me to say “wow, I worked SO hard at the gym this morning, do I want to negate that with this cheeseburger?” Also, as a girl, it sort of stinks to go through the morning makeup/hair routine just to know that I am going to wreck it later in the day at the gym and have to redo it all if I have plans for after the gym.
    The energy is completely dead on though and I find that I am a lot happier during the day when I go to the gym in the morning.

  14. Erin OBryan says:

    I’m definitely a morning workout kind of gal. If I work out at night I can’t sleep too much energy, energy I need in the morning, so it works out great. I do not do it first thing though I get the kids off to school then do it.

  15. dee says:

    i workout starting at 4am – not through choice i mite add my other half works nights and i cant wake him up during the day and by evening im too tired so i have to use my home gym while hes at work. its soo much better though as u pointed out its outta the way for the day and def gets u revved up for the day.also i find i sleep better at night if im up at the crack of dawn!

  16. Claude says:

    That is absolutely the best time to train. It’s your personal ‘ME’ time that no one can take from you. Once you’re done, it’s a brand new day!
    You’ll also be burning calories at an accelerated rate for hours depending on the intensity/length of the training you did.
    As you said- once done, no excuses can crop up-.
    Even though you are a night owl, anyone can reprogram with time.
    Do you eat b4 or after?
    Great adjustment!

  17. ElExGordo says:

    Good grief — you read my mind and your Facebook updates have been picking at my conscience all week. This is something I’ve been debating evening vs morning workouts in mind for a while now.

    My experience with morning workouts has been half-asleep with little to no energy. On the other hand, I tend to have plenty when I normally go to the gym — after 10pm when the family is in bed.

    I recognize the advantages of morning workouts and realize that if I get to bed earlier, I can reverse this. Yeesh.

    This big boy will be jumping on the morning workout bandwagon come Monday morning. Better reinforce the axles.

  18. Tyler says:

    I know what you mean. I tried to run for a short period during my lunch at work, but I always get too busy and unable to do so.

  19. Tyler says:

    Looks like most people agree with me — morning is the way to go. We pretty much have the same schedule, except it’s only a 10-minute commute for me to get home, so after picking up my daughter I get home at like 4:30.

  20. Tyler says:

    I have. You haven’t shown it to me though, as I haven’t seen you around these parts in a while. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you though 🙂

  21. Tyler says:

    Yeah, I feel the same way. I like waking up before everyone else, getting ready, checking the computer real quick before I head to the gym, then being able to relax and know that nothing will distract me.

  22. Tyler says:

    Nice. I know the owner of my gym, so maybe I should actually get a set of keys and I can just show up whenever I want. They open on Saturday morning at 8 instead of 5, I’m not really digging that… I want to be able to keep my schedule and start working out around 6 on Saturday.

  23. Tyler says:

    100% agree. I find myself eating better too, as I don’t want to “waste” all of the effort I put into the gym earlier that morning.

  24. Tyler says:

    Good plan! Nice blog, too.

  25. Tyler says:

    It does rev you up for the day, I thought I’d feel more tired after my morning workouts, but I actually feel more energized. It’s funny how things work sometimes.

  26. dee says:

    plus those infamous studies they like to conduct shows that people who workout in the morning are more likely to stick to it as people who work out in the afternoon or evening for exactly the reason “its outta the way” whereas if u have a bad day at work or with the kids ur more likely to skip coz its “something else to do” so go us morning gymers!

  27. I’m a huge fan of morning workouts, even considering the love of sleep Tyler and many of the rest of us have.

    The thing is though, once you get a workout done, it changes the complexion of the day–and not just in a dietary sense as a few commenters have mentioned. You can basically say, no matter how badly your day goes afterwards, that at least you worked out. It’s a personal triumph that nobody can take that away from you.

    Casual Kitchen

  28. Lisa says:

    I prefer to workout in the evenings. I am NOT a morning person. It’s hard enough getting up for work during the week. When I was able to run, I ran at lunchtime and that was nice. It freed up my evenings for other things. On the weekends I prefer to workout in the AM.

  29. Tess says:

    I have to take it day by day. Sometimes the drudgery of a workout routine works againt me and I end up not going. Typically, I go to the gym on Friday and Sat mornings for the vampire spin class. Sun and Mon, I work out at home with the Exercise tv on On Demand (love the biggest loser and dance workouts). Tuesday, Wed, and Thurs I go to the gym after work and take the night classes (zumba, yoga, ball buster, person training, spin, body works plus abs, pilates etc….) Varying it up keeps it new for me. I also try and change the classes up each week so that I dont get bored and get a different workout each time. As well, I have two two gym memberships so I have a huge variety of classes I can take.

  30. chris_in_cal says:

    This was a very interesting “Morning Workout” report in the NY Times. I don’t workout in the morning, but with you for motivation and what the Times is saying I may give it a try.

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