I think everyone can admit that a crowded gym sucks. There’s no getting around it and it gets pretty annoying too. It’s always hot and suffocating, you can’t find any space in the locker room, and worst of all, the majority of the equipment is always occupied

It’s extremely frustrating getting yourself pumped for a couple of sets of bench press or a long run on the treadmill, only to find yourself waiting for someone to get done with the machine so you could use it.

Scheduling Gym Trips:

However, there’s something you can do to counter this problem. You can schedule your trips to the gym around the time when it is least crowded.

Crowded and Busiest Gym Times:

Most gyms are busiest between mid to late morning. This is the time before people get to work, around 8 to 10 am. They are also pretty crowded, in the evening, usually from 4 to 7 pm.

You should also know that gyms on college campuses have a different routine than that of a regular gym. These gyms are usually empty between early to mid-morning and get more crowded as the day progresses.

When to workout when it is Least Crowded in the Gym?

It is recommended to schedule your visit to the gym when it’ll be least crowded. That time is probably after 8 PM if your gym is open at night. It is also less crowded between mid to late afternoons during weekends, as well as, anytime between lunch and early afternoon during weekdays.

You should also know that If you are planning to get into a proper workout routine, make sure to visit your gym on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We have recommended these days since these are the days during which the gym is mostly empty. In a nutshell, the best time to go to the gym is between 10 AM and 5 PM from Mondays through Thursdays.

On Fridays, you should go to the gym any time after 10 AM, as the majority of the people spend late Friday evenings partying.

On Saturdays, it is recommended to go at any time, after 11 AM, and on Sundays, you can visit the gym at any time you want.

Gyms are typically least crowded on Sundays as people usually take this time to relax and take their time off of things. Some start preparing for the week ahead of them, leaving with very few people to visit the gym.

Keep in mind that every gym is different, with varying training timings and busy hours. Hence, it’s always better to visit your gym a couple of times and then make your gym schedule.

Working out in the morning

Ideally, the best time to workout without it interfering with your routine is the morning time. However, the only way to do it is to get up early and do it before work.

It will for sure suck if you’re not a morning person, but it is the only option for a lot of people. Some have to stay at work for late hours, some are busy with their children and some might even have plans for the evening. Morning workouts help tackle this problem without disrupting your daily life activities.

Due to this reason, gyms are flooded before 11 am. So, if you dont like crowded gyms, dont visit before 11 am.

Working out in the evening

Since everyone is not a morning person, getting up really early to go to the gym can be a total buzzkill. This results in even more people squeezing in their workouts after work.

You should know that most gyms will be tightly packed from around 4 to 7 pm from Mondays to Thursday.

Working out on the weekends

Weekends work pretty well for working folks. It’s the one time of the week when they actually have time for themselves to visit the gym.

Nevertheless, no one likes to spend the majority of their day off, holed up in the gym. Most people enjoy spending this time with their friends and family.

So naturally, most people try to get their weekend workouts during early Saturday mornings. However, late Saturday mornings are definitely a busy time at most of the gyms.

Gyms on Sundays are usually a lot quieter and crowd-free since people are usually at church, watching football, or just relaxing.


An avid fitness geek, who is mostly lifting in the gym. A computer junkie on the side. Started ClassikaFitness to teach people what I learned over the years.

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