Waking up to Rip it up....

  • Cndpup

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    Jun 20, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
    I love going to the gym in the early morning cause well it's quieter and you never have to wait around for any equipment. The hard part about it, for me anyways, is that when I get up that early I'm incredibly groggy and really have to battle myself to get to the gym vs going back to snooze for another hour.

    I eat pretty healthy and generally get to sleep around 10pm...just wondering if any guys out there had a routine/technique they did the night before to help them get a more rested sleep so they wake up totally alert and refreshed for their morning workout.

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    Jun 21, 2010 7:05 AM GMT
    I usually sleep better if I have a light snack a couple hours before going to bed. And I make sure that I hydrate before I go to sleep. If I don't drink enough water late in the evening towards bed time, I tend to feel like shit the next morning.
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    Jun 21, 2010 7:50 AM GMT
    It's all about your attitude and motivation. You can get 1 hour of sleep each night (which I am not recommending..) but if you wake up motivated and excited to get to your workout, you will have no problems. the more you think about snoozing and being groggy then the more likely you'll keep hitting snooze and feeling groggy. Go to bed excited about waking up to your alarm in order to go workout.

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    Jun 21, 2010 8:07 AM GMT
    I'm also an early gym rat. Try a Casein protein shake before bed. Then have a whey protein shake about an hour before hitting the gym in the AM.
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    Jun 21, 2010 9:25 AM GMT
    A big steaming cup of coffee.
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    Jun 21, 2010 2:25 PM GMT
    Since I went into the Army in 1997, I have gotten up out of bed at the same time every day. It's in my blood now. I can't sleep past a certain point.

    What works for me is to keep that consistency and to bounce my ass out of bed (literally bounce) when it goes off and head right to the gym: no e-mail, no radio, no nothing but a tooth brushing.

    Consistency is how the body responds to energy levels. Otherwise, you only have synthetic options.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    I cant even see straight in the morning, I feel like crying whenever I have to wake up before 10am. No chance of me goin in the morning.

    What I do is train in the evening from 8-10, when the gym is less packed as I too cannot stand waiting to use gym equipment and generally when there are loads of gymers around.

    Try just goin late evening if ur not a morning person, u just need the motivation to go once ur home from work and have been watchin the telly for a while and then realise u have to get up of ur arse and go to the gym. Beats waking up early every time for me!!

    Anyway, apparently, testosterone levels are higher at this time, so is beneficial for u to work out then if ur looking to build muscle.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    I have a hard time getting to the gym early as well. When I was in college and even into my early 30's, when the alarm went off I was bolt upright and would hit the floor running. I think age has caught up with me. Now it takes several minutes of concentrating just to get out of bed.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    I though I was the only one! If I don't get to the gym in the morning, I just don't get to the gym...

    Establishing a routine and keeping your day so full that 10:00 pm really does signify "lights out" is a great way to avoid the snooze button at 6:00 am.
  • rebornofflame

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    Jun 21, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    I go in the evening or at night...

    I'm not a morning person... at all. If you mention actually doing anything to me when I wake up other than taking a shower you'll be lucky to live through the ordeal. Ok maybe not that bad... but you get the idea. icon_razz.gif

    Morning = Bad
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    Jun 22, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    Alarm clocks are the #1 cause of sleep deprivation, and have been a drain on society's well being since their invention.
    I have no link to back that up, but I've had no alarm clock since 2003, and have no intention of getting another one. Getting adequate sleep means your body wakes up when it's rested enough. An alarm clock breaks the sleep cycle before your body is ready.

    Try going to bed at 9pm (or whatever it'll take to get a full 8 hrs of sleep) without setting your alarm. It's a challenge at first, but totally possible with a little effort.
  • calibro

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    Jun 22, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    i used to love going to the gym early, and then i got a job starting at 12:40 in the afternoon. needless to say, i now think walking up that early is lame (yet i have a job interview tomorrow to be a baker)
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    Jun 22, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    calibro saidi used to love going to the gym early, and then i got a job starting at 12:40 in the afternoon. needless to say, i now think walking up that early is lame (yet i have a job interview tomorrow to be a baker)
    If you get that job, you'll be at work before the gym is open. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 22, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    calibro saidi used to love going to the gym early, and then i got a job starting at 12:40 in the afternoon. needless to say, i now think walking up that early is lame (yet i have a job interview tomorrow to be a baker)
    If you get that job, you'll be at work before the gym is open. icon_lol.gif


    yeah, but working in a bakery is like going to the gym... and by that i mean i come home covered in white and smelling like bread, which turns out to be irresistible to other men. after work bakery sex is awesome.