Better To Workout In The Morning Or At Night?: Arnold Schwarzenegger Answers The Age-Old Question

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Arnold Schwarzenegger answered the question, is it better to workout at night or in the morning?

It has often been asked, is it better to workout at one time of day over another? Morning, night, or afternoon. Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his answer to this classic question.

According to research provided by Examine, there are certain benefits to working out in the morning but Schwarzenegger stressed that a person should exercise at a time that is convenient for them.

“Don’t forget what we said first: exercising at a time that works for you is most important. Don’t force the issue if morning exercise makes you miserable or doesn’t fit your schedule. Stick to the exercise routine that helps you be most consistent because study after study shows that’s what matters most.”

Schwarzenegger continues to share fitness advice to those who are interested in trying something new or bettering themselves in any way. This recent edition of Arnold’s Pump Club discussed the difference between working out in the morning and at night.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares Research On Working Out

The research that Arnold Schwarzenegger shared showed that exercising in the morning might reverse the effects of “metabolic syndrome.”

“Metabolic syndrome is a group of health conditions that hit all at once, including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, high blood triglycerides, and HDL-C. This condition increases the risk of several dangerous conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.”

The research studied two groups, one that hit a high-intensity exercise between 8-9am while the other went between 4-6pm. Both groups saw changes in fat mass, waist circumference, and diastolic blood pressure. Despite the fact that the workouts were the same, the morning group experienced more benefits.

“More research is needed to determine why the morning group experienced more benefits, but the researchers hypothesized that it has to do with how the body burns food for energy. Exercise primes the body to process calories for fuel better, so the morning group may have ended up experiencing this effect for both lunch and dinner, while the evening group only experienced this effect for dinner. It’s why fat loss was the same, but insulin management was different.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to stress that people should workout whenever they have time and it is convenient for them. There is no need to move their schedule in ways that are not possible just to workout in the mornings.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.