Gym and sleep discipline / schedule

  • Tritimium

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    Feb 11, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    I searched a bit for any previous posts on this, but couldn't find precisely what I was looking for.

    Just a time management question, because my brain is AWOL at the moment.

    Guys, what time of day do you workout?

    - If you go to the gym in the morning, what time is your bedtime?

    - Do you stick rigidly to your bedtime, even if you're friends are going out?

    - How often do you socialise in the evenings?


    I ask because my ideal workout time is 8am, which means eating at 6am (I'm an ectomorph, trying to bulk up - eating rules my life!), and that means bed by 21:30.....hence little opportunity for evening things. Ever.

    I'd just appreciate some perspective from you guys in a similar position, either who workout early, or have to be at work early. How do you deal with not being able to join your friends in the evenings?

    Thanks very much for any input.




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    Feb 11, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    Tritimium saidI

    Guys, what time of day do you workout?

    - If you go to the gym in the morning, what time is your bedtime?

    - Do you stick rigidly to your bedtime, even if you're friends are going out?

    - How often do you socialize in the evenings?


    --- I workout in the early mornings - around 5:30 am because I have to be at work by 9:30 am.

    --- I have noticed that if I don't stick to sleeping around 10 pm - that I am not as functional and less likely to wake up to get to the gym. I have to wakeup at 5 so I can be alert when I get to the gym.

    --- I decided to workout in the mornings because I had little time to socialize in the evening when I used to workout - it took up alot of my time and I couldn't go see a movie or go eat dinner with anyone since by the time I was finished it was getting late and I had to eat. That also made my diet less manageable.

    For me - working out in the morning is better suited for my social needs. BUT it takes discipline - I can't stay out late because of my responsibilities in the morning. I am a bit older and most of my friends have a similar work schedule. That could be the key - to meet those with similar schedules or have friends who support and understand your needs to workout in the mornings. FYI - LIMIT your alcohol intake if you do go out. It won't help you gain the muscle mass you are striving for in the gym.

    Good LUCK!

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    Feb 11, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    i actually work out at night aroun 9-10pm -> 12am ish.

    I go to school at 11am so plenty of sleep after gym.

    So my schedule looks kinda like this Breakfast>School>Lunch>Work>Dinner>Homework>Workout>Protein Shake> Sleep>Repeat

    I go out on weekends only.

    I kno im young and the schedule isnt really stable like it should be. The gist of it is that prioritize your main events first in the day, then fill up the time holes afterward. Hope this helps.
  • Tritimium

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    Feb 11, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    Cheers for your inputs, guys. Anyone else willing to give their perspectives? icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    i have no options really but to go at night after i finish teaching which is 8pm.
    I eat a bit , but very lightly and by 9pm i'm in the gym and out by 10:30.
    But i don't go to bed till 1am, sometimes 2.
    Mornings are dedicated to practicing, afternoons and early evenings ( till 8pm) to teaching, then i'm free.
    Actually it's a bit more complicated than that, but over all that's the picture.

    But my goal is to stay strong or get a bit stronger, balanced and defined.
    Gaining mass is a bit beyond me and actually counterproductive to the sports i love.
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    Feb 12, 2010 6:58 AM GMT
    Just a side note... it's not exactly the best idea to do intense physical work (i.e. lifting, training, working out) early in the morning before you've given fuel to your body.

    On the other hand, running or cardio is great in the morning.
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    Feb 12, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    I'm at the gym just 3 days a week, and running/kayaking/rowing at the weekend.

    Weekdays though I work in an office and started coming in at 7.30am this year so I can be home and off to the gym by 5pm. This allows me to have the evening to myself, time to cook, eat, socialise if I want to.

    I'm usually in bed by 11pm (up at 5.45am) however ideally I would like to be asleep by 10pm if at all possible.

    Sunday's are for sleeping in, and Saturday nights to go out partying if I want. it's all about balance.
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    Feb 12, 2010 11:56 AM GMT
    I usually workout between 8PM and 12AM.

    If I go jogging, I will go in the early afternoon before I head off to work.

    I typically go to bed between 2AM and 6AM (yeah need to work on getting in bed earlier)icon_biggrin.gif

    My schedule is all over the place...so no rigidly with my bed times.

    If I want to go out for night or something, I'll just move my work schedule around and go and work out at a different time.
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    Feb 12, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    Basically, you pick your "battles". You're hopefully not going to the gym every single morning, so you have certain evenings where you can spend time with your friends (and if you are, then might I suggest you review what it is you're doing because that's utterly unnecessary, especially for someone who is trying to gain weight). And there's nothing to say you can't start an evening out right after work and finish it in time for you to go to bed.

    You don't _have_ to eat 2 hours before your workout. An hour is plenty of time.

    My work day starts at 6:30am. I'm generally in bed by 9-10pm. My workouts are usually after work at around 5:30-6pm (hopefully). During the week, I don't go out unless it's for the occasional dinner, which is over by 8 or 9; 10 at the latest. If I'm going out on a weekday evening, I'll push my workouts around to accomodate it. Sometimes, I just plan for a rest day to happen on that day. Sometimes, it means I'm taking an extra rest day. My workout cycle isn't on a 7-day timer, and I don't always participate in National Chest Day (i.e. Monday).

    Ultimately, it's a choice of priorities. There are consequences to any of the paths you take. You just have to decide which priority is more important to you; or which of the consequences you would most want to avoid.