The Best Day To Do Your Hardest Workout

This post is about why your hardest workout should be at the start of your week.

Most people dread Mondays because it’s the start of the work week. I love Monday because that’s when I get to do my hardest workout and set a tone for the rest of my week. The opportunity to take a significant step closer to my goals give me a reason to look forward to Mondays.

There are so many reasons to have your hardest workout on Monday. Unless you workout on weekends, you’ll have the most energy available on Mondays. Energy levels will depend on what you do on the weekend.


I love doing my hardest workouts on Monday because it sets the tone for my week inside and outside of the gym. It gives me a sense of confidence going into my following workouts.The momentum I get from a tough Monday workout spreads through the rest of my week. Working out is as much mental as it is physical. Nothing feels better than starting your week off with a sense of accomplishment. When you accomplish something great in one area of your life, you naturally feel like doing that in other areas as well. This must be what they meant by an object in motion stays in motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force. In your case the motion is the momentum you get from completing a challenging workout.

After a tough workout, I feel like I can handle any challenge life throws at me. When you’re in the middle of a tough workout, the easy thing is to quit. By doing it anyways, you can build the mental toughness needed to handle life. I don’t dread going to work because I know I have the mental toughness to deal with the stressors that might come my way.

Sense of Relief

Working out hard on Mondays also gives me a sense of relief. I have one less thing to worry about as the week goes on. During the week, you can face stressors such as work, personal, and relationship issues. By getting one challenge out the way, it’s like a weight has been lifted off your shoulder ( no pun intended ) . With one less thing to worry about, you can fully focus on other things that need to get done. Yes, there will be other workouts to do but they’re not a concern since you just did the hardest workout of your week.

Increased Energy

I also like the energy boost I feel after working out. I can use that energy to be productive in other aspects of my life such as getting things done at work. It may sound crazy that your energy will increase after completing a challenging workout but that’s how it works. The key is doing a workout that challenges you but doesn’t leave you drained. The idea that you have to destroy yourself to have a great workout is a complete myth. You can challenge yourself to the point of discomfort without feeling like a zombie when you leave the gym. Working out with reckless abandon is a recipe for injury.

Closing Thoughts

You can do this on Sunday too if it’s not the day you use to rest. The idea is to set the right tone for your week. Start your week off with a challenging workout and see how you handle the rest of your week.

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Author: Chris Ameto

I'm passionate about health and fitness. I want to use my personal experience and countless hours of research to help you reach your fitness goals.

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