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Old 08-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #61
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coke.
That only has about 50mg of caffeine.

I'd suggest a cup of coffee which is around 75mg.





OP,

Set your coffee pot timer so you can grab a cup right when you wake up. Drink it black, drop a ice cube in it so you can drink it sooner, it will cool it about the same amount as a splash of milk or cream.

You can always move onto a preworkout supplement, but most have a lot of caffeine, so it's important to build a tolerance. Lots of caffeine: in the range of 100-300mg in a serving

Have you gym bag packed and ready to go, sip your second cup on the way to the gym.

Protip: Only go to the gym a few days a week, going every morning will lead to burn out and you'll lose your drive and passion to workout.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #62
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I always toss the idea around. All I've done so far was when it was really hot in the summer, I would run outside in the morning. Felt good.

Here's a tip, why not start small? Try just going cardio in the morning? Maybe 20 mins, then when you get used it, grow in your workouts to more intense strength training etc.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #63
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I said I would start fresh Monday, today is Wenesday, 2 days have passed and I haven't gone to the gym yet. Lol...

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Old 08-07-2013, 11:21 AM   #64
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #65
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I wake up at 5:30am to be out the door by 6:15am to get to work at 6:45am. Going to the gym in the morning for me would mean waking up at 4:30am

I go to the gym after work. It's definitely more crowded, but it's a nice way to decompress after a chaotic work day. Then off to the grocery store so I have stuff to cook for dinner.
Work at 6:45am? Your work schedule sucks
What do you do?

My morning workout was surprisingly good
I ate half a sandwich and an apple before driving to the gym
Had a good workout
Not crowded at all so no waiting
my work is 1.5 blocks away from my gym so that makes it easy
I actually avoided a lot of traffic by coming in early

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Old 08-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #66
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A few things that I think are worth mentioning:

- Keep yourself extra hydrated in the evening. Yes, that means no (or at least minimal) alcohol. Try to drink a liter of water in the hours before bed.
- If you plan on using a pre-workout energy supplement, have it set out and ready to go. Perhaps buy a few shaker cups, portion out the supplement into the cups weekly, so you just have to add water.
- Move your alarm clock out of the bedroom and, if your floorplan allows, into the kitchen or wherever you keep the energy supplement mentioned above.
- Set out as many sets of workout clothes as times you plan on working out. Obviously we're not fully awake the minute we get out of bed, so setting out your clothes will help you during the somewhat-conscious first few moments.

These are some things that have helped me get up and workout in the morning.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:18 AM   #67
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Some good tips posted up so far, but It's all about adjusting your lifestyle to go to bed earlier and waking up earlier... It will take some time and it varies from person to person, but it's all habitual crap. It's tough now, but put in the effort to consistently drag your ass out of bed and you'll soon have no issues.

I've been doing early AM workouts for the past couple years and wouldn't have it any other way. I start the day off right and feel great the rest of the day. Not to mention I avoid all the shitty people that go there to socialize instead of train. Even when it gets busy during the resolutioner's season, the type of people that go there in the morning are their to get **** done. A totally different crowd than those this hit the gym after work.

I'm up by 5AM every workout day, and even on my off days from work, latest I get up is 7AM so that I don't fall back into the habit of oversleeping. As mentioned before... How bad do you want it? If you keep oversleeping, you don't want it bad enough. Man up and stop being lazy upon waking up... Simple as that.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #68
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Re: Anyone get up early and hit the gym before work? Tips to get going?

Made it again this morning. Wahoo! Goal for the week has been reached. This morning for the first time I actually wished I could spend more time there and was irritated I had to stop.

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:16 AM   #69
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Made it again this morning. Wahoo! Goal for the week has been reached. This morning for the first time I actually wished I could spend more time there and was irritated I had to stop.

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Great work dude! Here is a tip that I am a huge fan of.


Set an alarm for something ridiculous, like 4:55am on your phone, alongside your real alarm for idk, say 6:30am. That feeling of "if I could JUST roll over and close my eyes and stay put for a little while longer" doesn't have to be fought and overcome if you do this trick, cause at that hour, you can do just that. Its helped me a lot when I had to get up early.


I'm leaving for basic training in 3 weeks, wake up call is going to be 4:15am every day for 2.5 months.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #70
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you've just got to want it that bad. I work 12-13 hours a day and spend 1.5-2 hours at the gym every morning before work. I literally don't have any spare time during the week, and very little on the weekends, but that's how bad I want it.

also, insufflating amphetamines in the morning to wake up and also as a pre workout helps greatly!
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:50 PM   #71
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Re: Anyone get up early and hit the gym before work? Tips to get going?

Just to update, made it this week Tuesday, didn't make it Wednesday due to one of my kids constantly waking up tues night, went Thursday and Friday. Missed Saturday as we were at a hotel celebrating our kids birthdays. Next week in Dallas all week but the hotel I'm at has a 24/7 fitness center so I may go every day.

Noticing already more definition, blood pressure has tanked, and I've lost about 5 more lbs over the past two weeks.

I also have started to look really forward to the gym in the morning. Im going to stick with it.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:39 AM   #72
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Keep up with it. The best thing you can do is establish that routine, because it makes it easier to adhere to.

I get off work at 3am and get to bed by 4am. I wake up at 9:30am and get to the gym by 11am. That's 5.5hrs of sleep, but I don't have a choice in the matter. I work 4 on/4 off, and on the days that I'm off, I still get up at the same time. I go to bed well after midnight, but usually around 2-3am. I'm only 30, but I'm at the point where I have difficulty sleeping for more than 7hrs anyways. I don't set my alarm anymore on my off-days, since I wake up around 9:30 on my own now.

As far as using a pre-workout, be careful about what you are taking and why.



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I'm leaving for basic training in 3 weeks, wake up call is going to be 4:15am every day for 2.5 months.
Do yourself a favor and get a digital watch with alarm if you haven't already. When I was in basic, I set my alarm for 0330 every morning. I'd wake up and shave and brush my teeth. Nobody else was up. Then I'd go back to bed. Come wakeup, I wouldn't have to fight for sink space and have to shave in 3 minutes with 25 other people on 5 sinks, and still have to make up your bunk. I would get up and take my time making my bunk and was never rushed.
Oh, and don't tell people you do this. One buddy learned my secret, then another and eventually there were 6 or 7 guys doing it around the 3rd month, so I had to set my alarm even earlier.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:39 PM   #73
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The best results I've ever gotten in the gym was by getting up early around 5-6am every morning

My hours are really random, sometimes I'll be in bed by 11 and sometimes after. I use a app called sleep cycle, which motions your sleep pattern throughout the night and wakes you up within the 30 minutes before whatever time you set it up as.
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Great work dude! Here is a tip that I am a huge fan of.


Set an alarm for something ridiculous, like 4:55am on your phone, alongside your real alarm for idk, say 6:30am. That feeling of "if I could JUST roll over and close my eyes and stay put for a little while longer" doesn't have to be fought and overcome if you do this trick, cause at that hour, you can do just that. Its helped me a lot when I had to get up early.


I'm leaving for basic training in 3 weeks, wake up call is going to be 4:15am every day for 2.5 months.
what time will you go to bed?
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:15 PM   #75
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Alright guys, I have fell off the wagon of getting up early and making it to the gym. I have still been going sporadically, and when I don't I've been going for a run in the evening when I get home. I am now up to being able to jog/run almost 2 miles without stopping to walk, which for some may seem pretty pathetic but for me is quite an accomplishment. I am also coaching my son's pre-k soccer team so I am running around chasing a bunch of 3-4 year olds two days a week, which definitely helps. I typically do the following workout at a bare minimum daily:

50 situps, 50 crunches, 25 leg lifts, 40-60 pushups, 20-40 tricep lifts(feet flat on the floor arms on an end table).

I have lost a total of 17lbs since my first post on this, and am definitely in better shape, I just need some motivation to keep it going. I'm going to try to get there tomorrow morning and kick my ass back in gear this week....wish me luck.

One thing I have been pretty good about is not going back to my old eating habits. It is rare that I eat any bread anymore(except for pizza, I ****ing love pizza, two times a week MAX though). My breakfast consists of a protein shake, and a Banana about an hour later. Any high fat foods(except the aforementioned pizza, lol) are nuts or avocados. For lunch I have been going with a wrap with very little to no mayonnaise and LOTS of veggies or a Chicken/Steak salad with no dressing. Dinner is whatever the wife has been cooking, or whatever we have to eat but I typically make that pretty healthy as well.

Oh what the hell, all of this jibber jabber is really just me justifying not getting to the gym in the morning anymore, I need to change this.....
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follow some of our logs. Get it going. Think of the feeling you get when you workout vs sitting on your ass.
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OP, first of all, congrats on the progress you've already made.

Second, maybe this will help.

Sign up for some event that will be a challenge for you, but that's like 2 to 3 months away so you have time to train for it.

I'm a bike rider, so I try to sign up for an organized charity ride every few months. Once I register and put it on my Outlook calendar, I feel committed to it. I don't want to fail to complete it, and I don't want to be completely miserable doing it, so that motivates me to get my ass on the bike and ride to train for it.

Having a specific event you're training for instead of a more general goal like losing weight or getting more bishes may help motivate you and give your training more meaning.

Maybe it's a 10k run, or a mud run/obstacle race, or an ocean swim. Every year in LA there's a stair climb event to the top of the US Bank skyscraper. Check active.com or meetup.com for events near you. Or maybe it's not an organized event but committing that you and a buddy are going to do an all-day hike to the top of some mountain on the first Saturday in December.

Pick something that sounds fun, but tough. Something simple that doesn't require a lot of expensive or complicated gear, or specialized skill training.

Then when your alarm goes off, or when you're working out, or you're skipping the booze or dessert, you've got a specific goal and reason in mind.

Everyone's gotta find their own motivation, but thats the kinda stuff that helps me.
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Alright guys, I have fell off the wagon of getting up early and making it to the gym. I have still been going sporadically, and when I don't I've been going for a run in the evening when I get home. I am now up to being able to jog/run almost 2 miles without stopping to walk, which for some may seem pretty pathetic but for me is quite an accomplishment. I am also coaching my son's pre-k soccer team so I am running around chasing a bunch of 3-4 year olds two days a week, which definitely helps. I typically do the following workout at a bare minimum daily:

50 situps, 50 crunches, 25 leg lifts, 40-60 pushups, 20-40 tricep lifts(feet flat on the floor arms on an end table).

I have lost a total of 17lbs since my first post on this, and am definitely in better shape, I just need some motivation to keep it going. I'm going to try to get there tomorrow morning and kick my ass back in gear this week....wish me luck.

One thing I have been pretty good about is not going back to my old eating habits. It is rare that I eat any bread anymore(except for pizza, I ****ing love pizza, two times a week MAX though). My breakfast consists of a protein shake, and a Banana about an hour later. Any high fat foods(except the aforementioned pizza, lol) are nuts or avocados. For lunch I have been going with a wrap with very little to no mayonnaise and LOTS of veggies or a Chicken/Steak salad with no dressing. Dinner is whatever the wife has been cooking, or whatever we have to eat but I typically make that pretty healthy as well.

Oh what the hell, all of this jibber jabber is really just me justifying not getting to the gym in the morning anymore, I need to change this.....
You've got to find something that works for your life.

You're making good progress (17lbs is a LOT) and hopefully it makes you more motivated to keep going.

The biggest issue for many people is diet. You seem to have cleaned it up considerably, so congrats there.

If you can only continue with the body weight movements you listed above, I suggest adding 50 squats to your routine. Your legs make up a huge portion of the body and adding muscle to them will increase your metabolism (more bang for the buck) than most other movements.
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