I get asked all the time how the heck I wake up at 4:30am to get my workouts in before work. Honestly, I’ve tried to go to the gym after work. There have even been days where I’ve gone to work in my workout clothes with every intention of exercising as soon as I was done. I fail 99% of the time. I have to get it done early because (a) I’m too tried in the afternoon and (b) there are so many people there after work and it takes twice as long to complete my workout because I have to wait for machines.
Sometimes I wake up really tired but I know that when I’m done I will feel amazing and the rest of my day will go smoothly. I thought I’d share some of the tricks I use to make the morning a little bit easier for me since my eyes are usually half closed and my brain semi-functioning.
Always have your workouts written down and your gym bag packed the night before so you can just grab and go. I use the Oxygen Training Journal and I love it. It’s really basic on the inside and it’s been great for recording all of my James Wilson workouts. I also pack a towel, my bobble water bottle (review coming soon), Polar HRM, earphones, and skipping rope.
Lay out your clothes for work. I don’t do this all the time but I swear if I don’t, I spend so much time staring inside my closet trying to figure out what to wear. Decide the night before so that you can get home, shower, and change without even thinking about it. I’m a genius, I know.
Sleep in your workout clothes. I know this might sound crazy but it works. If I have to wake up and change, there is no way I am going to make it to the gym. I put on my workout clothes, usually with a pair of sweat pants and sweater on top (because it’s still cold outside). This way I can just roll out of bed and I’m ready to go.
Set your alarm…and wake up when it rings.
If I do all of these things the night before I literally just have to wake up, brush my teeth and go. Some days are easier that others and yes, there are times I turn my alarm off and tell it where to go. Most of the time, though, these things work for me. I am at the gym by 5:00, home by 6:30, showered and ready to go to work by 7:30.
Are there any tips/tricks you use to motivate/help you get to the gym?
Morning, afternoon or evening workouts?