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Is morning the best time for a team workout?

is morning the best time for a team workout?

Mark Keil, CSCS

May 14, 2022

You may be thinking to yourself, ‘My hands are tied; I only have one time I can train my athletes’.

We get it!

But hopefully the summer months will bring a little more flexibility. And if that’s the case, then here are some things to consider when choosing a Time for the Team Workouts.

The advantages of morning workouts:

  1. Less likelihood of ‘conflicts’: As the day progresses, athletes may be more likely to pull the card, ‘I have a Dr’s appointment’ or ‘my family has plans’ (aka – I’m going to the lake).
  2. More focused: Your athletes should have more focus during a morning lift. Not necessarily right when they get there (some will still be half asleep), but after completing the warmup (and maybe a few sprints), they should be fully alert without the mental distractions the day brings.
  3. More time to recover: The athletes will have a chance to recover (somewhat) from the lift before practice later that day.

Now I realize there are drawbacks to morning lifts. For those parents driving their athlete you’re like to hear, ‘the lift is too early’. However, generally speaking, the morning brings better focus, less conflicts, and allows everyone to check it off the list early. 

More important than picking a time though is just simply being consistent. This will help the athletes get into a routine and allow their body to mentally and physically prepare for the team workout.