7 Morning Workout Tips for People Who Don't Do Mornings

Trying to get your gym time in before the workday begins? Listen to the wisdom of these seven pre-dawn workout warriors. Leaving the con...

Trying to get your gym time in before the workday begins? Listen to the wisdom of these seven pre-dawn workout warriors.
Leaving the confines of your cozy bed and tackling a bleary-eyed morning workout is a task that can feel, to put it politely, arduous. Some of the most successful guys in the world swear by it, though. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly gets up to exercise at 3:45 A.M, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hits the weights by 4. (Was there even a doubt?) The whole fitness-dawn-patrol thing can come with a lot of benefits, too, like helping you consume fewer unnecessary calories throughout the day; lowering your blood pressure; and making you very available for happy hour after work.

If functioning during the pre-sunrise hours—much less exerting the energy required for an honest-to-God workout—seems unfathomable to you, borrow some wisdom from these seven guys, all of whom are up before 6 A.M. to sweat. You can do it. (It might not be fun. But you can do it.)

1. Find a friend

Name: Ryan Wilke, 32
Occupation: Co-founder of Throwback Fitness

Wilke is up by 5:30 A.M to coach his fitness classes, and he begins with one key piece of advice for anyone hoping to start (and stick to) an early-morning routine: Buddy up. “Not only will you help keep each other accountable, but you'll also likely push yourself harder than if you were working out alone.”

2. Set yourself up for success

Name: Bishoy Tadros, 30
Occupation: Financial sales

For Tadros, who gets up between 4:30 and 5:15 A.M to run or spin or attend a high-intensity interval training class, it’s all about preparation. From setting his alarm early the night before to carefully laying out his workout clothes, being organized helps cut down on decisions, making the execution much easier.

3. Put down the phone

Name: Andrew Connor, 29
Occupation: Global sports marketing and athlete manager at Reebok

Connor, who recently did a eight-month stint in Shanghai for work, finds solace in his early-morning routine no matter where in the world he happens to be. The trick to his success? Knowing when to put his phone down. “I make better decisions throughout my entire day when I get seven or eight hours of sleep,” he says. Instead of scrolling through social media in bed, he charges his phone using a short cable that doesn’t reach the pillow. This way, he’s able to turn off his mind, regroup, and take some “me” time.

4. Focus on your "why"

Name: Rhys Athayde, 24
Occupation: Founding trainer at DOGPOUND

When Athayde's alarm goes off at 4:30 A.M., he remembers his "Why?" to keep him motivated. “We all face adversity, and things that limit us,” he says. “Growing up with health issues like scoliosis, severe asthma, food allergies, and extremely poor eyesight could have been reasons for me to avoid the gym. Instead, I use them as motivation to go even harder every day.” Others don’t have the opportunity to get up and get out, which is enough for him.

5. Change your perception of what a "workout" is

Name: Matt Delaney, 35
Occupation: Equinox Tier X coach

By the time most guys stir in the morning, Delaney has already finished his commute into New York City from his home in Westchester, where he climbs out of bed at 3:50 A.M. But if you think you have to be in the gym in order to exercise, he says, think again. “We have been conditioned to think that workouts happen in a certain place, or have to last for an extended period of time, in order to have a benefit. The reality is that most physical activities can improve general health outcomes.” Instead of considering anything less than running four miles and squatting 300 pounds to be a failure, start small. Try shifting from bed to a body-weight circuit in your living room. From there, you can slowly move things all the way to the gym.

6. Find something you enjoy

Name: Stephen Wright, 31
Occupation: Public relations manager

Wright kicked a cigarette addiction by integrating more fitness and wellness into his daily routine, and he still is regularly in the gym by 6 A.M. Finding his happy place at a CrossFit box has been the secret to keeping him accountable. “I realized that if you’re doing it right, fitness shouldn’t feel like a chore,” he explains. “It should make you happy.” If you already hate the treadmill, getting up to run on it in the morning won't be any more enjoyable. Try new things until you find one that sticks.

7. Think big picture

Name: Jordan Slotopolsky, 32
Occupation: Digital marketing sales

Bad news: There is no magic trick that will ever make getting up at 5 A.M. feel good, he says. Still, Slotopolsky has made early-morning sessions at Tone House a staple of his routine because the results that come with hard work are more important to him than an extra hour of sleep. “You won’t always be motivated," he says, "but stay the course anyway.” In other words: Do you want abs? Because no one ever got abs by hitting the snooze button.

source: GQ



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