Sometimes you are not going to have a choice and will be forced to work out late at night if you want to stay on schedule. The fact is that things get in the way, like work, visitors, schedule change, and rather than skip a workout for the day, you always have the option to work out at night. Believe me, I have had to do this many times, especially during my first Round of P90X because of my demanding job schedule. I would get up very early, get ready for work, and then come home around 8-9 PM tired, but knew that I had to stay on track and complete the next P90X workout. I even remember a few times that I didn’t get done working out until 1:30 AM! Call me crazy, but I am one dedicated dude.
One of the questions that I commonly get is if and what supplements should they take before and after the workout. Obviously, if you’re taking NO-Explode or any other kind of pre-workout supplement that increases energy, you aren’t going to want to take it if you’re working out late at night. If so, you’re probably not going to sleep at all that night! I always recommend taking it no less than 8 hours before bed. I remember a few times that I took it late and stared at the ceiling fan for a good 3-4 hours. Then, all you do is get ticked off because you can’t fall asleep! If you need that extra boost of energy to workout, then eat an apple about 40 minutes pre-workout. After the workout, though, it’s very important that you replenish the body of the carbs lost and take in whey protein, regardless of how late it is. I highly recommend the P90X Recovery Formula for post-workout recovery! One of the greatest concerns is that they shouldn’t be taking in carbs late because they are stored as fat when you sleep. This is very true, with the exception of working out late at night. After you work out, your body goes into a catabolic state in which you burn a lot of calories for about an hour afterwards. When you take in simple carbs, most of them are burned up anyways because they are used for proper recovery and replenishment. Also, it’s very important to take in whey protein to help repair and rebuild the muscles post-workout.
There is nothing wrong with working out late as long as you take in the proper supplements and nutrition. If you are dedicated to a program like P90X or Insanity, then there are times when you will be forced to work out late just to get the workout in a stay on track!