Working out first thing in the morning...

  • HPgeek934

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    Feb 26, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    I want to start working out in the morning before work (around 5AM), instead of after work, but I've been getting mixed reactions from people about that. Some people are telling me I have to eat a full meal before I go, and others are telling me I should have a bowl of cereal or something small to eat before hand, and have my full meal after. Some are telling me its the worst for your body to work out in the morning, others are telling me its better to start your day with a morning workout.

    Can anyone shed some light on this?

    Thanks jockers!
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
    I am the morning manager at a health club, opening at 5:00am M-F. We occasionally have members that attempt to workout with no pre-workout fuel and get too lightheaded to continue. Our trainers always go for a bottle of orange juice when this happens.

    Everybody is different. Some people can handle a workout without any pre-workout fuel, others can't. Know and listen to your body and react accordingly.

    I'll add that most of the members that have had a problem were new members not accustomed to early workouts. Not sure if our veterans have learned their lesson and grab a small bite at home or if they have adapted and have no problems.
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    working out the first thing in the morning is a great way to burn body fat but if you are looking to gain muscle from doing it you will be burning off what little muscle you already have.
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    Feb 27, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    Sexyislandguy saidworking out the first thing in the morning is a great way to burn body fat but if you are looking to gain muscle from doing it you will be burning off what little muscle you already have.


    Could you elaborate on why I'd burn muscle in the morning but wouldn't at night?
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:07 AM GMT
    I prefer to work out in the morning. Starting off, it takes some getting used to; having to wake up earlier, making a routine for taking your clothes to shower (if you shower at the gym), etc.

    About eating: I prepare a smoothie before I head out. It usually contains a banana, protein powder, some type of greek yogurt and some extra frozen fruit bits that complement the yogurt. If I'm feeling a bit more hungry that morning, I'll also prepare a peanut butter and honey sandwich to have after the smoothie.

    On top of helping to wake me up, I like going earlier since the place seems to not be as busy. No waiting for machines or benches :-)
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:14 AM GMT
    The best time for you to work-out is generally in the evening, biologically. I'm talking like 7-8PM, if you are going to sleep at 10-11.

    You are strongest at that point in the day, or so the science says.
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:23 AM GMT
    Back when I lived in San Diego I did my runs in the morning. I loved it. I don't remember if I snacked before I ran.
  • BAHBAA

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    Feb 27, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    personally I just find I have a much better workout in the morning, around 10-11. Admittedly I almost never eat beforehand unless its a protein shake a couple hours prior. Like someone else said its all about what works for you.
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    HPgeek934 said
    Sexyislandguy saidworking out the first thing in the morning is a great way to burn body fat but if you are looking to gain muscle from doing it you will be burning off what little muscle you already have.


    Could you elaborate on why I'd burn muscle in the morning but wouldn't at night?


    The time of day really doesn't matter. What does matter is that you eat a decent meal with enough slow-digesting carbs prior to a morning weight training workout. In the morning your body is in caloric deficit and your muscles need adequate nutrition before lifting to insure adequate strength and allow for a decent pump. You also risk dizziness and nausea if you lift on an empty stomach. Have 6-12 oz of oatmeal and a couple of bananas with peanut butter. Then have a high protein shake immediately after lifting.

    HOWEVER, if your goal is losing fat, then do 30-45 min moderate to high intensity cardio ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, to burn up any glycogen stores in your body as well as your fat reserves.

    DO NOT lift heavy weights in the morning without eating a decent breakfast first.
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:33 AM GMT
    I work out first thing in the morning. If I am a little sluggish, I will eat half a banana before I start and drink lots of water. I make a protein smoothy for after my workout and if I am really hungry after, I will either have some eggs or a bagel with peanut butter.
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    I just can't do it first thing in the morning. I am not a morning person. I do it like 5:30pm - 6pm.

    I've tried the morning thing and failed miserably. I need to eat all day
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    You skinny boys are so lucky. I work out on an empty stomach, even if it's at 2pm. In fact, since I'm in cutting phase my steelcut oatmeal breakfast and first protein shake was at 4pm today. (Obviously when bulking I eat more regularly.) My preworkout is wheatgrass I squeeze myself, and during the workout I take an amino acid drink.

    Once I had to train at 5am. But now I'm lucky in that I can train when I want and make not having a life work for me, lol. So I typically lift 1-3pm when I'm at my strongest and do elliptical or swim 8:30-10pm with a light snack and bed by around midnight. That's best for my particular body clock.

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    Feb 27, 2014 5:15 AM GMT
    Alexxx5 said
    HPgeek934 said
    Sexyislandguy saidworking out the first thing in the morning is a great way to burn body fat but if you are looking to gain muscle from doing it you will be burning off what little muscle you already have.


    Could you elaborate on why I'd burn muscle in the morning but wouldn't at night?


    The time of day really doesn't matter. What does matter is that you eat a decent meal with enough slow-digesting carbs prior to a morning weight training workout. In the morning your body is in caloric deficit and your muscles need adequate nutrition before lifting to insure adequate strength and allow for a decent pump. You also risk dizziness and nausea if you lift on an empty stomach. Have 6-12 oz of oatmeal and a couple of bananas with peanut butter. Then have a high protein shake immediately after lifting.

    HOWEVER, if your goal is losing fat, then do 30-45 min moderate to high intensity cardio ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, to burn up any glycogen stores in your body as well as your fat reserves.

    DO NOT lift heavy weights in the morning without eating a decent breakfast first.



    I agree 100% with Alex. As a further suggestion I would suggest you buy a Nutribullet and make a shake for you to have. Like Alex said if you are looking for fat loss it actually is best to do your cardio based workout on an empty stomach. If you also are trying to lift weights in your workout I would suggest you have a nutribullet shake if you are pressed for time(I personally add half an avocado, spinach, a banana, 1-2 scoops of protein powder, and fill with almond milk)
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    Feb 27, 2014 6:05 AM GMT
    There's no issue with working out at 5 am. If you're planning to gain muscle, then just make sure you have the proper nutrient intake after the workout. If you're finding yourself sluggish or starving during your workout, then that's obviously a sign you should eat something beforehand, or have a workout shake ready to sip on during your workout. Like others have said, some can workout on an empty stomach and get their protein and carbs and whatever else it is immediately afterwards. Some people need to have a little something in their stomach beforehand. Some people can have their shake during their workout. Totally depends on you. But personally, I like to have a little sumtin' sumtin' in my tummy before I workout. I'd try different things out first to see what works for you. One of my friends wakes up at 4 am to workout at 5 am and I've called her crazy ever since I've known her, but she has the muscular lean body, so I can't really talk lol.

    There hasn't been any conclusive findings that the best time to workout is in the evening because it's when you're strongest. Some of the literature even says it's not good to do it late in the evening because it screws with the circadian rhythm, while anecdotal evidence say they sleep better if they workout late in the evenings. Cherry picking scientific evidence is a big no-no.
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    Feb 27, 2014 6:41 AM GMT
    Weight lifting can drop your blood sugar very rapidly.

    It's always prudent to have your blood sugar at high enough levels to sustain that activity.

    Going hypoglycemia is icky.

    Not having enough blood sugar to optimize performance is stupid.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 27, 2014 12:28 PM GMT
    I like getting it outta the way nice and early, but it's a pain in the ass waking up at 5:30 am just for the gym. Hence, I only actually go that early like twice a week.

    When i go that early, i do always eat something small before heading there. like a bagel with peanut butter, or an english muffin. when i get back, i make a big ass smoothie and drink half before my shower, drink half in the car on the way to work.
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:31 PM GMT
    Early workouts are fantastic! I hit the gym at 5am and by 6:30 I'm done and showered ready for the day.
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:39 PM GMT
    Noregrets saidEarly workouts are fantastic! I hit the gym at 5am and by 6:30 I'm done and showered ready for the day.

    Exactly! For me it's much better in the morning, too. Get there at 5:00am and leave by 6:30-7:00. I don't have to think about it the rest of the day and nothing can come up to prevent me from going.
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    Feb 27, 2014 12:47 PM GMT
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    Noregrets saidEarly workouts are fantastic! I hit the gym at 5am and by 6:30 I'm done and showered ready for the day.

    Exactly! For me it's much better in the morning, too. Get there at 5:00am and leave by 6:30-7:00. I don't have to think about it the rest of the day and nothing can come up to prevent me from going.


    Yup this what they said.
    Also I work out in morning before work it just starts my day better and metabolism keeps running high till noon. But many times I also do a workout after work with guy from my office. In that case i do only cardio at 6am at gym and abs. But most of time now I'm working out 6am I don't like any food in my system in morning maybe tiny carb item or fruit for sugar to help lifting. But after a mega protein shake while driving to work. I take aminos before workout in morning and after.
  • HPgeek934

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    Feb 27, 2014 1:53 PM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks for all the input! It's funny, a lot of you mention two different things, Loosing fat or gaining muscle. Honestly, I wanna do both.

    I have some fat around my midsection which is focus #1 to remove, and then I wanna bulk up my arms, focus #2, because I feel like they are so damn lanky. I started working out in the mornings about two years ago and it wasnt terrible, I am much more of a morning person, after work the last thing I wanna go and do is work out when the couch is calling my name. But that lasted two weeks and then I got sick and had my surgery. After that I never went back to mornings.

    Now I just need to get into a better routine, currently doing the 30 minute express workout at PF cause the weights intimidate me, and learn the proper way to meal prep. After yet another failed relationship, I am starting to realize its my own insecurities that are keeping me from being confidant with guys, and I think my timidness is what is scaring them off. Hopefully this time I see the change that I've been hoping for, I'm sick of being the little guy! lol

    And on a side note, thank you to all of you here. This website has it moments of cattiness, but most of you are just flat out great guys. I appreciate all the help you have all given me through the years! When I get sexy, shirtless party at my place as my way of saying thank you? Awesome. haha
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    I prefer it. I can stay on track better. The only reason I'm not right now is my trainer doesn't have any appointments at that time.

    I usually get better results.
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    Feb 28, 2014 4:49 PM GMT
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    dre4mbo1 saidThe best time for you to work-out is generally in the evening, biologically. I'm talking like 7-8PM, if you are going to sleep at 10-11.

    You are strongest at that point in the day, or so the science says.


    Since you made the claim that science supports what you are saying, would you please provide the source or sources to support this?

    Thanks.

    I personally cannot work out in the evening. Especially if I train legs, because when I train legs it is such a neural stimulus that if I train my legs in the evening and then try to go to bed a few hours later I will literally be wired and stay up all night and then my sleeping patterns get so screwed up. So from my personal experience, I have to say that I wholeheartedly disagree. It winds up becoming counterproductive for me quite fast.


    i don't remember what it is called, but it is this chart that i think someone actually posted on RJ that tells you when your cardiovascular activity is at its peak, when different aspects of your body are at their peak, it's weird, i can't explain it but it's this circular graph that has to do with the circadium rhythm or whatever

    i know i sound like i'm rambling but it's real. i don't make it a point to keep sources; i make it a point to remember what i learn from the sources. but if you don't believe me, try working out later in the day/evening and compare with working out in the morning/afternoon.
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    Mar 01, 2014 7:16 AM GMT
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    dre4mbo1 saidThe best time for you to work-out is generally in the evening, biologically. I'm talking like 7-8PM, if you are going to sleep at 10-11.

    You are strongest at that point in the day, or so the science says.


    Since you made the claim that science supports what you are saying, would you please provide the source or sources to support this?

    Thanks.

    I personally cannot work out in the evening. Especially if I train legs, because when I train legs it is such a neural stimulus that if I train my legs in the evening and then try to go to bed a few hours later I will literally be wired and stay up all night and then my sleeping patterns get so screwed up. So from my personal experience, I have to say that I wholeheartedly disagree. It winds up becoming counterproductive for me quite fast.


    i don't remember what it is called, but it is this chart that i think someone actually posted on RJ that tells you when your cardiovascular activity is at its peak, when different aspects of your body are at their peak, it's weird, i can't explain it but it's this circular graph that has to do with the circadium rhythm or whatever

    i know i sound like i'm rambling but it's real. i don't make it a point to keep sources; i make it a point to remember what i learn from the sources. but if you don't believe me, try working out later in the day/evening and compare with working out in the morning/afternoon.


    I'm pooped by the end of the day. Compared to working out in mornings, I have less energy and tend to lift less ~10-15% less weight than when I do earlier in the day, either in the morning or early afternoon. But to each their own! icon_smile.gif
  • HPgeek934

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    Mar 01, 2014 6:24 PM GMT
    I think I'm gonna give 5am a shot. Ill start out having a banana and a bowl of cereal before I go, and then when I get back I'll have my protein shake before I shower and get ready for work. How's that sound?
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Mar 01, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    I love early morning I always would be there between 4-5 am no lines u get whatever machine u want and seems like the guys there at that hour r a lot nicer.