[quote]911 Girl wrote:
My morning isn’t exactly the same as other’s morning. So I’ll call it first thing. If I don’t get the workout done first thing, then I risk it not getting done. This seems to be the only way I can insure it happens. Even though I work nights, I can’t seem to get the same results in the evening.[/quote]
I’m the same way. My wife and I are up at 4, at the gym by 5, and done by 6:15. She goes to work and I go home to get the kids up, etc… I’m at work by 9AM.
If I don’t do it first thing, it’s not going to happen. I’ve thought about moving the workout to the afternoon, but my days are so much better after a good morning at the gym. I miss it on my days off.
There doesn’t seem to be a concensus on lifting in the AM, but everyone agrees that AM cardio is good. I have found that the gym is pretty empty except for some really dedicated people at 5 in the morning. This is very helpful.
The big issue that I have found is nutrition. I have to eat before my workout, and my body is in a state of depletion first thing in the morning, so I have a shake to try to satisfy both AM and Pre WO needs. Something like a Classic Grow! shake with some oatmeal is a good place to start. If you find yourself lagging at the end of the workout, then up your oatmeal.
Make sure you have the Post WO nutrition lined out. You are still coming from a depleted state in the morning (even with the pre-shake), and your body is primed to use whatever you give it.
One other thing that I do is have some protein pudding just before bed. There are recipes around here for it, but it’s a scoop of Low Carb Grow! (or your favorite 100%), a TBSP of PB and a little milk for consistency. This has also made my workouts better in the morning. And it tastes like a reeses.
Oh yeah, the cons of working out early. Having to go to bed by 9 to make sure that I get enough sleep. The kids hate that. Is that a con?