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August 5, 2013 10:19 AM
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/matt13.htm

I was actually able get my bench numbers this morning but it took some time to get going. The link above suggests eating 1 HOUR before lifting. I ain't got time for that. Hell, I'm waking up, chugging some type of energy drink and off to the gym. I come home, shower, chug a protein shake and head off to work.

Anyone have any general thoughts about heavy chest / legs in the morning? I have done legs in the morning but I didn't feel optimal, that's for sure.
  23419859
August 5, 2013 10:40 AM
Every time I try to lift in the morning, I feel like I've wasted my time in the gym. I do better with low intensity cardio in the morning (fasted state) and lifting in the early afternoon (1pm - 3pm).
August 5, 2013 10:43 AM
Exactly how I feel sometimes. I was able to hit my numbers this morning though. No telling if that means I'd be able to do 5% better if I waited until later.

I feel that mornings are good for cardio or light lift days but I wanted to hear if there are any heavy lifting morning advocates and what they do.

One thing that helped was getting to bed earlier the night before
  23419859
August 5, 2013 11:12 AM
That article is full of all kinds of nonsense (I'm assuming it is anyway, the truth is I stopped reading after Glutamine).

I lift in the morning, and have whey, fruit and some coffee.

Ideally, I would like to lift around 3pm. I would also like Sandra Bullock to sit on my face.
August 5, 2013 11:15 AM
How early in the morning? How much prep time do you have before you start lifting? I have to be at the gym much earlier than I normally get up to get this done. ie.. 5:30-6am. Today was 6:15 with no time for any cardio after
  23419859
August 5, 2013 11:15 AM
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That article is full of all kinds of nonsense (I'm assuming it is anyway, the truth is I stopped reading after Glutamine).

I lift in the morning, and have whey, fruit and some coffee.

Ideally, I would like to lift around 3pm. I would also like Sandra Bullock to sit on my face.


*shrugs* you could call me sandra ;)
August 5, 2013 11:25 AM
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How early in the morning? How much prep time do you have before you start lifting? I have to be at the gym much earlier than I normally get up to get this done. ie.. 5:30-6am. Today was 6:15 with no time for any cardio after


Alarm sounds at 4:30, I'm warming up for lifts by 5.
August 5, 2013 11:26 AM
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How early in the morning? How much prep time do you have before you start lifting? I have to be at the gym much earlier than I normally get up to get this done. ie.. 5:30-6am. Today was 6:15 with no time for any cardio after


Alarm sounds at 4:30, I'm warming up for lifts by 5.


How long is your workout time and have you noticed a strength diff of lifting early vs afternoon?
  23419859
August 5, 2013 11:28 AM
QUOTE:

Every time I try to lift in the morning, I feel like I've wasted my time in the gym. I do better with low intensity cardio in the morning (fasted state) and lifting in the early afternoon (1pm - 3pm).


I die trying to workout in the afternoon. I consider it like meal timing. Do what works for you.
  3535168
August 5, 2013 11:32 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

How early in the morning? How much prep time do you have before you start lifting? I have to be at the gym much earlier than I normally get up to get this done. ie.. 5:30-6am. Today was 6:15 with no time for any cardio after


Alarm sounds at 4:30, I'm warming up for lifts by 5.


How long is your workout time and have you noticed a strength diff of lifting early vs afternoon?


To 6:30-7ish.

I've never done an afternoon workout more than 1-2x per month. I "feel" better working out during that time, but I don't know if there would be a quantifiable strength difference.
August 5, 2013 11:33 AM
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Every time I try to lift in the morning, I feel like I've wasted my time in the gym. I do better with low intensity cardio in the morning (fasted state) and lifting in the early afternoon (1pm - 3pm).


I die trying to workout in the afternoon. I consider it like meal timing. Do what works for you.


I'm sure a big part of it is getting used to working out at xx time. I just wanted to know if there is some science behind lifting heavy so close to waking up. (pro or con)
  23419859
August 5, 2013 2:41 PM
?

http://jasonferruggia.com/some-tips-for-those-who-train-early-in-the-morning/
  23419859
August 5, 2013 3:01 PM
If I didn't make it to the gym in the morning, I probably wouldn't go at all. It just doesn't work for me. My routine:

1. Wake up.
2. Have some milk+protein powder.
3. Walk dog (anywhere from 15 min to an hour, depending on how much resistance she puts up).
4. Walk to the gym.
5. Spend 5-10 min on an exercise bike.
6. Lift. From when I wake up to the first squat probably takes about 45 minutes at least--and usually more than an hour.
7. Go home, eat breakfast.

Re: science, this might be a good place to start.

http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/training/moving-to-morning-training-qa.html
Edited by bumblebums On August 5, 2013 3:05 PM
August 6, 2013 11:44 AM
I'll probably try to swap my heavy / light chest / back / tricep stuff to the mornings but I'll have to leave the leg days to the afternoons/nights. I tend to be warmed up by then
  23419859
August 6, 2013 11:51 AM
I get up at 3 am, get ready for work and gym. Drink 20 oz of water with Body Strong BCAA powder in it. A little Nitrocut , and hit the gym from around 4:15 - 5:30 am. 5 days a week.
My diary is open, you can see from there on yourself if you want. I have no strength issues in the AM. I think you just have to adapt to it ...
August 6, 2013 11:58 AM
I almost always work out early in the morning. Alarm goes off at 4:00 I brush my teeth, take a dump, drink some water, I'm lifting by 4:15 done by 5:15 to 5:30. I generally have more energy if I work out in the afternoon but I don't know if there is any noticeable strength difference.

I also have a lot of other stuff going on when I get home from work with making sure kids are doing what they're supposed to be doing and getting dinner ready and SLTT. So if I don't do it in the morning I have less opportunity to get a solid workout with no interruptions done in the evening. I'm not prepping for a national championship or anything, I'm just trying to be stronger and healthier so it's more important that I actually get the workout done than it is that I'm at my peak physical condition so that I can add .1865 pounds to the bar.
  914777
August 6, 2013 12:37 PM
Yeah, I can understand that. Better to get some work done vs none at all.

But damn, you guys wake up friggen' early. Nice dedication there!
  23419859
August 6, 2013 12:41 PM
Only 1865 pounds? What a slacker! :)
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