What Day & Time Is The Best For Training Sessions
This is a common question so I’d better answer it. A straight forward answer would be: there is not BEST. Ok, now I’d better explain.
With over 20 years of being coached in many different sports: Martial Arts, Target Shooting, Swimming, Skiing, Archery, Dance etc. I trained every day, at different hours.
Now….I’ve also coached at many different hours and noticed the difference in clients between times and days in terms of performance. There is a difference, more or less.
But while some feel awesome at 2 pm, others give it their best at 6am.
It’s up to you really. Some say that training on Monday prepares them for the week. While others feel Fridays are best because they unwind after a difficult week at work.
This shows that everyone lives different lives and so we all need different things. It all comes down to mindset really.
If you believe that training Monday at 5 am will set you up for an awesome week then that’s how it’s going to be. If you ever miss a Monday session and have a bad week you will blame it on that.
We self program ourselves, consciously or not, we do. There’s nothing wrong with that by the way.
My suggestion is to make sure you don’t become depended on one day that decides how you will feel for the rest of the week. If you miss a session is not the end of the world and nothing different will happen.
I personally like to train the same days of the week every week. The reason for that is because I like to be in control of my schedule and I like my body to know when to be ready for training. It’s programming again.
Leave a comment below and let me know which day you train and why that day.
What time of the day
I’ve read articles in the past (don’t ask me to dig them up please!) which state that mornings are the best as they get you ready for the day. Others say evening a few hours before you sleep. Yet others suggest 4 pm is the best.
There seems to be research to backup everything. And in their research they are all right.
My story…..I trained at different times throughout my sports career. From 5 am to 3am at night. Morning, afternoon, evening, night. Did them all.
Night training is wonderful. It’s one of the most incredible experiences. I can train at any time of day or night. That’s because I never programmed myself to think that I cannot perform well at certain times.
In Karate you don’t complain. If your coach wakes you up at 3 am for training, you go and give it your best. And I did…many years in a row.
What should you do now
Again because we all live different lives we work in different ways. So you need to test and see which time of day you are at your best.
You should have set days/times but not be dependent on them. I have Fridays and Sundays for Karate at set times. Those are a weekly must no matter what.
The rest are not as strict. I also like to be flexible. If I miss one of my karate sessions for any reason I am a little upset but it doesn’t affect my day that much.
Choose your times and stick to them. It’s good to have a routine. But if you need to change them do so without thinking everything else will go wrong because of that.
Leave a comment with the day and time you do your regular training and why.