I Work The Night Shift, When Should I Weight Train?
I was wondering which part of the day I should lift. I work from 10 pm to 8 am and was wondering if I should lift when I get off work then go to bed or wait till late afternoon after waking up.
Hi Bryan, thanks for the question.
This question brings me back to the time I worked at a steel plant doing 12 hour shifts, from 8 PM to 8 AM.
I had to re-program my body to this routine. It took me about a week to get used to this routine but in the end, it worked for me.
You have to ask yourself when you have an hour to spare. You can get away with about 7 or so hours of sleep so you have about another 6 hours to spare before you head into work.
This way, you can workout, come home, have something to eat, prepare your meals, spend time with the wife and kids, and maybe have a short nap. I don't think I'd wait until my shift was over to workout because I'd be drained of too much energy.
Of course, this all depends on your state of mind after a night shift. If you find you have more energy after a night shift and can get away with a workout, than by all means, go for it.
It will take some time to get used to, or it might take some experimenting but you'll find a time that works out for you.
I hope this helps
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