Make Your Early Morning Gym Session Happen!

Do you hate working out in the morning? Me too. Here are 3 ways to wake up early and stay up to make that gym session happen.

Mornings are, to put it bluntly, hell for me.  I am not a morning person and will sleep in until I absolutely must get up.  But here’s the thing, I know that if I don’t get that session in, my day really sucks.  I feel rushed through my work day, it’s hard for me to shut down and stop working, and my emails ding constantly after 6am.  It sucks.  I feel much better when I start my day w/a workout when my time is still mine!  

Here’s how you can make this happen too!

  1. Start with a wake up call.  Technically these are called Neural Morning Primers and have been used for years by pro bodybuilders and yogi’s alike!  It's a small 5-10 minute circuit-style bodyweight workout that's programmed strategically to wake up your nervous system, get the blood flowing, kick your hormones into overdrive, and introduce a massive amount of oxygen to your body, thereby shooting your brain into productivity mode.

    1. Keep it simple, upon waking complete 1 circuit of 10-15 reps:  bodyweight squats, glute bridges, dips, plank hold, lunges, jump squats

    2. This quick circuit guarantees you will not be able to go back to bed after and it takes less than 5 minutes

  2. Lay out your gym clothes, watch, socks, pre-workout BEFORE bed.  This is a practical step so you don’t have to fumble around in the morning.  I’ve been known to sleep in my gym clothes too!

    1. Suggestion from a client was she leaves her preworkout & shaker by her bed so she has a scoop as soon as she wakes up.  It takes 15-20 minutes to kick in so she’s ready to go by the time she hits the gym floor--LOVE IT!

  3. Use the sleep timer on your phone.  If you have an iphone, there’s a sleep cycle timer that will remind you when it’s time to start winding down your day.  USE IT.  

    1. Give yourself 1 hour before preparing for bed to turn off the tv, social media, last minute to-do’s around the house.  THEN take a shower or bath, read a book, and wind down in the last hour before you plan to go to sleep.  

    2. I also use the sleep cycle app to wake me during my optimal “wake up” phase in my sleep pattern.  It’s fantastic!  

I hope these tips are helpful for you to make waking up earlier, easier and hopefully knocking a workout out first thing!

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