Good & Bad Days In The Gym

Good & Bad Days In The Gym There are days when you feel like you can conquer the world. Other times, just matching some of your newbie efforts seems difficult. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that body temperature has a lot to do with gym performance.

Testing a group of athletes on vertical jumps, isometric pulls and max rep squats, scientists found that levels of testosterone and cortisol didn't really have much of an impact compared to core body temperature, which fluctuates throughout the day. It's generally highest in late afternoon.

True Strength Moment: This research suggests that your best bet for achieving peak performance is to work out around 5PM. But if the timing messes up your schedule to the point where can't consistently get to the gym, stick with a time of day that works for you and maybe spend a little longer warming up.
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