It is traditionally recommended to consume a large bolus of carbohydrates prior to exercise. While this practice has been documented to improve performance during prolonged endurance activity, much less is known about its impact on resistance training. Fortunately, new research has provided some much needed insight on the topic. Do you need to consume carbohydrates in your pre-workout meal to maximize resistance exercise performance? Read on to find out the answer to this question and more.
In the second-half of this series, I cover other important factors to consider when trying to select the best time to exercise. I also examine different strategies that may mitigate diurnal variations in physical performance.
In the first-part of this two-part series on the best time of day to train to maximize strength and hypertrophy adaptations, I cover the role of circadian rhythms in our ability to maximally perform certain tasks at different times of the day.