6:30 am workout vs 8:30pm workout, but tired......

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    Sep 10, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    Working full time and going to school full time is tough. But I still need to commit to going to the gym on a regular basis. My gym closes at 10pm, so I have been going 8:30pm-close. Since school started, I have been tired at night, not looking forward to going to the gym. I was thinking about going at 6:30 am, before my day starts, but I am not a morning person and would find it very difficult to just wake up and go straight to the gym...

    Any thoughts...ideas...reccommendations? please advise.

    Thanks...

  • Sep 10, 2008 12:30 AM GMT
    I feel for you...I was religiously going to work out when the gym opened at 5:30 AM, then once I got a new job had to stop going at that time. I've had SO much trouble getting adjusted to a new routine!

    I think a lot of guys THINK they will have problems going in the AM, but after they actually try it they find it's kind of refreshing, and starts the day on a good note.

    My suggestion would be to just try it (going early in the AM) a few times. It may or may not work for you, but at least you'd know for sure that way.

    When I was learning to swim a few years back, one of the best pieces of advice was the following (paraphrasing here) -- get to the pool whether you feel like going or not...once you're there and work out, you will seldom regret it afterwards. I find the same thing as far as working out goes...just go and do it, the chances that you'll be sorry you worked out are slim.
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    Sep 10, 2008 1:25 AM GMT
    hey man-

    thanks for the advice....about time i get some good advice from someone on here...i really appreciate it bud.

    Thanks.

    -Jeff
  • B71115

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    Sep 10, 2008 3:59 AM GMT
    i am not at all a morning person, but for a while i went at 7 a.m. to work out with a friend and i always had a better day because of it. just made me feel better.
  • Parker817

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    Sep 10, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    I feel you too. I'm going to school and working fulltime. I get up at 5 AM to go to the gym - not gonna lie, some mornings it's tough. But, I do feel pretty energized when I'm done. It's been easier since I started the 12-week Lean and Strong plan, gives me the ambition to get my ass out of bed so I don't f'up the plan. The only thing is I notice when I workout in the morning, I'm starving throughout the day. I bring tons of snacks to work with me - dry fruit, granola bars, that kind of stuff so I have something to chomp on.
  • Hunter9

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    Sep 10, 2008 4:13 AM GMT
    i can only tell you what works for me... and it is NOT morning work outs. Usually, about 90 minutes AFTER I eat dinner in the evening, I am ready for a great workout. Not saying that works for you. but that's when I'm at my peak (and also fits into my schedule.)
  • westguy79

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    Sep 10, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    Day100 said
    My suggestion would be to just try it (going early in the AM) a few times. It may or may not work for you, but at least you'd know for sure that way.

    I echo this. When I go to the gym at 5:30am, I feel great the whole day. Its hard to get up that early (especially when weighing in on sleeping in), but well worth it.
    Good luck!
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    Sep 10, 2008 4:47 AM GMT
    Back when I was like 25 and had young kids at home and was working full time, the only time I had to work out was at 5:30 am. The first 2 weeks were hell keeping it going. But after that, I found that I was sleeping so much better and fell into a great routine.

    If you decide to do it, just make sure to make the commitment for a few weeks to allow your body to adjust before bailing on it. Since then I have totally switched from being a night owl to loving the mornings.
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    Sep 10, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Just remember, anything will become routine after about 4 weeks. It was HELL for me when I would wake up at 430 to be at the gym by 5. Though it was tough to get use to, my days were much better because of it. I was more awake and ready for what the day had to through at me. Stick to it, and you'll be just fine.
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    Sep 10, 2008 6:26 AM GMT
    That quandry is one I struggled with for years. I settled on early morning. I suffer from insomnia (thus the time of this forum posting) so working out in the morning is not a problem for me. I am usually at the gym by 6:30 AM these days. If I skip my morning workout I try and workout around 8 PM, but that can be tough because it wakes me up.

    I think you will find that if you settle into a routine it will start to become second nature despite the fatigue. There are days when I don't feel like going to the gym, but after 5 minutes on the treadmill the running endorphins kick in and I am alive!
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    Sep 10, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    here's what helps me. I know it sounds like it would suck, but if you're having a problem making it in early, try it...although you do have to go to bed a little early so you can get a fuul nights rest (remember, not enough sleep will make it harder for you to lose fat and gain muscle).

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    I half to be to the gym no later than 7am. So I get up at 5. Usually I go for a quick run first thing, just to help me wake up (and to let the dog poop and stuff), and then I come back to the house, relax, screw around on real jock, look at some porn, whatever...and then I head out the door around 6:45 to get there by 7.

    By doing it this way, I get my body used to getting up early. But I also have plenty of time to wake up fully before going to workout. On top of all that there are certainly going to be days where you want to just sleep a little longer. I've got plenty of that time built in. I can skip the run (the dog will poop in the backyard), I can skip RealJock (I know...crazy, huh?), or I can skip the porn (not likely since I'm mid seancody membership right now, lol)..and I'll still have time to get there by 7. I also find that by making myself get up WAY too early, that even on days I totally slack and just decide to sleep in, there is no way I can lay in bed past 6:30..which still gives me a fighting chance to get to the gym on time.

    In addition to all of that....early morning is probably THE most peaceful time of the day. It's so great to be up when everyone else is still asleep.
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    Sep 10, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    I'm in the same boat with work and school and one thing I think keeps me working out is having equipment in my apartment. Obviously I don't get as good of a workout as going to the gym when I use it it, but it gives me a lot of flexibility of when I can do it. Sometimes I don't work out until after 11. Sometimes I squeeze it in before I go to work.

    You wouldn't need to go blow a lot of money. Just a bench and some free weights for those days your too swamped to make it to the gym, but still want to get a quick workout in.

    At least it would keep you in the habit of working out daily so when school is over you haven't lost your momentum.
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    Oct 12, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    I know I'm reviving this old post but I am considering starting a morning workout... the tough part is I would have to get right up and to the gym which leaves no time for food....Also I hate eating breakfast I cannot eat anything before 9 so I would be going on an empty stomach.... any suggestions


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    Oct 12, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    I agree with Mycro; nix the commute and utilize inexpensive home equipment to carry you over/supplement the club/gym utilities. In the long run you could save money & time while enhancing your facility-restricted routine. A bench, some free weights and a jump rope might provide an ideal basic equipment scenario for abs, cardio & weight training. If weather and your budget allows buy a cheap Schwinn from Target or something and get outside for cardio bike ride which can strength train your upper body and legs while you are huffing and puffing around the block instead of commuting to gym, running on treadmill/elliptical/stair climber then commuting from gym again.