Muscle Strength: Highest In The Afternoon

29 Oct

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What is the best time of day to train? Most studies show that muscle strength, power and endurance are greatest between about 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Muscle temper­atures are generally highest at this time, which probably accounts for the difference. A study from Finland showed that daily variations in strength and power cease to exist in people who train in the morn­ing. They examined 27 men who weight trained either in the morning (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) or in the afternoon (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Initially, all subjects were stronger in the afternoon than in the morning. But these differences disappeared in the morning training group, but not in the evening training group. This study showed that you should exercise in the morning if you have a morning competi­tion, because morning training will elim­inate normal strength differences between early and late times of the day.

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