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Best time of day to train

In the past, you've probably heard something along the lines of "it's best to train in the morning so you can start your day right!", followed by some claim about cortisol and boosting your metabolism. While I'm not here to argue about what some studies do or do not say, I am here to say that it's not going to make as big of a difference as finding a time to train consistently. If you abide by the "morning is the best time to train", yet have to wake up between 5:00-5:30am, like myself, to get ready for work, it may not be sustainable to wake up at 3:30am or 4:00am to train before you get ready for work. It's likely something would have to give in order to make that work, whether it be your sleep, your social life, or your sanity. This is a prime example as to why morning would not be the best time to train. Now, if you're someone who generally starts work at 7:30am or later and prefers to be social in the evening, a morning workout may be your best bet for getting your training in. Or maybe not! Maybe you have a solid lunch break where you know you can consistently workout. Maybe you work through the noon hour and have time to workout mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Or, maybe you just like to train after the work day. All of these choices are completely valid. It's also possible that you have the flexibility in your schedule to try out different times of day to see what you prefer. Some prefer to have a full day of fueling before training, and some prefer to have a meal or two before training. Some prefer to have a break in their day for exercise, and some prefer to power through until the office door is closed. It's truly up to you to find what works in your schedule and what you can commit to consistently. This is why my 1:1 online programming is so helpful for those who want consistency on their terms. Learn more about KATHLETICS 1:1 online programming.


Katharine Moustakes
Hey, friend!

I'm Katharine.

I'm a personal trainer, running coaching, and nutrition coach who's stoked about lifting, the outdoors, summit snacks, and my dog.


I understand that fitness is not your whole life. Fitness is a PART of your life. I approach training in a way that adds value to your life and longevity, so you can enjoy being active whether you're romping around in the mountains, playing with your kids, or signing up for your first 10K race.

I'm here to meet you where you are, so you can train safely and effectively, and gain strength and confidence both in the gym and on the trails.

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