March 30, 2021
Do you train in the morning or evening? What’s better? In this article, we discuss some pros and cons of morning vs evening training.
Sometimes I get asked a direct A vs B training question. Like…
“Should I train in the morning or the evening?”
My honest answer: “I don’t know. You should try both and see which one you like best.”
When it comes to performance, consistency is the ultimate performance enhancer, so optimising for consistency, regardless of what that looks like for you, is best.
If you’re a morning person and like to train in the morning, do that. If you want to run at lunchtime, do that. If training in the evening is best for you, great, do that.
The time of day is secondary to doing the work.
My personal preference is to train in the morning for most sessions because I like to start the day with a win. And, some other benefits come from training in the morning …
For some specific sessions, like interval sessions where the effort
required is higher, I will train later in the day. There are two primary
reasons for this …
Sometimes you don’t have an option. The training frequency required
for athletes training for long course triathlon, for example, requires
that an athlete train multiple times each day.
In these situations, careful planning and robust systems are
essential to fitting everything in and recovering between sessions. As James Clear says in his best-seller, Atomic Habits, “you don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.”
Set up sound systems and let consistency be your guide.