Proving the possible: WORKING OUT IN THE MORNING

4:30 a.m.: My eyes open on their own accord.
4:40 a.m.: Alarm 1 goes off.
4:45 a.m.: Alarm 2 goes off.
4:50 a.m.: Alarm 3 goes off.
5:10 a.m.: Leave apartment.
5:25 a.m.: Arrive at gym.
5:30 a.m.: Start workout.

Never in my life did I think I would be able to regularly get up before 6:00 a.m., let alone get in a full body workout. For as long as I can remember, I worked out in the evenings after work. I would have my bag with me, and I’d drive straight to the gym. Half the time I would be having a mental discussion with myself..”I could just go straight home and nap. I could nap and then come back to the gym after.” I knew, though, that if I didn’t go straight from work, I wouldn’t go at all.

For probably all of 2015, I was a PM workout gal. You could regularly find me at the 5:00, 5:30, or 6:00 p.m. class at Kick@55 or on the treadmill at XSport Fitness. Every now and then, I would muster up the energy and go to a 5:30 a.m. class on Fridays. This was mostly reserved, however, for me to go to Happy Hour after work on Friday.

Cut to March 2016 when I started taking a class on Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This cut right into my PM workout time. I decided that it was important enough to me to get in my workout everyday, so I made it a promise to myself that I would go on Wednesdays only at 5:30 a.m. This meant my day would be from 5:00 a.m. ish until about 10:00 p.m. – but it was once a week, so did it really matter?

Cut to a few weeks later – June 2016, when I started taking a class Monday-Thursday every week from 6:00-9:00. This meant that if I wanted to work out, I had to go in the morning before work. Luckily, my job over the summer has flexible hours, so I was able to go mostly at 6:30 a.m. The more I did this, the more I started to fall in love. It was actually amazing getting it done first thing. I would feel energized and ready to take on my day. I would get to work and be in a great mood.

Fast forward to a few weeks later, and I am finding myself getting up on a daily basis at 4:45 a.m. to get my workout on. I think I can officially say I am truly addicted to morning workouts. I am addicted to the energy I have when I workout in the morning. When I get to the gym, I feel completely energized and ready to go. My mind is pretty much blank, because I haven’t had the regular stresses of my day just yet. I chug Cellucor preworkout, so I have a good amount of energy, and somehow have enough energy to do the 50+ burpees I am regularly asked (told?) to do. I am addicted to the feeling of being able to leave work and just go home and relax. Once I made the mental decision that I would be going in the morning only, there was no looking back. If you CAN make it into your schedule, I promise it will be so so so worth it. I’m definitely not saying it’s easy or feasible for everyone, but if you can, you will become addicted!

Some tips to workout in the morning:
1. Get everything (and I really mean everything) ready in the evening. Mix your preworkout drink, if you have one. Lay out your materials for a preworkout snack. Have your lunch and breakfast fully packed and ready to go. Have your water bottle filled. Lay out your workout clothes and have your work clothes packed. If you have to, put your bags in your car!
2. Set multiple alarms. Give yourself 5-10 minutes to lay in your bed and simply wake up, if you need to. The key, though, is setting multiple alarms, so you don’t fall back asleep.
3. Have a set of pump up music that will get you in the zone as you drive/walk/take the train/bike to your gym. Whatever will get you PUMPED UP for your workout. If you know you’re about to go do sprints, put on some house music. If you’re going to yoga, put on some zen tunes that will help you get in your mood. Find what works for you!
4. Eat a small, tiny, carb heavy snack. Eat half of a banana or some fruit. I love to eat a rice cake with fruit. Sometimes it’s weird eating at like 5:00 a.m., but the quick carbs give me the energy I need that early in the morning.
5. Develop a ritual. Do things in the same order everyday. Get out of bed. Brush teeth. Use bathroom. Change. Make snack. Chug preworkout. Grab bags. Leave apartment. The more you do them, the faster you will get and the easier it becomes.
6. Get to the gym, bust your butt, and don’t look back. Once you are done – YOU ARE DONE for the day!! You can enjoy the rest of your day and do whatever it is that you want. You’ve got it!

Note: I know some people absolutely love sleep and love working out in the evening. If that’s you (looking at you, Audrey) – do what works for YOU. You know your body and you know what works and what energizes you! Listen to it – it will tell you exactly what it needs.

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