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Ciccio

Hi there,

I just thought about my workout this morning and just wanted to share my recent experiences with this early morning time.
You should know that I'm by no means a morning person but are forced by extrensic factors(work of course!) to do it in the last 2 month.
I work out at home which makes it a bit easier.
Now to my observation:
I had a great workout this morning (which is a good thing) despite the fact that I didn't felt very awake and fit or enthusiastic or motivated or however you want to call it(actually I almost skipped it).
After checking my log and visualizing some similar situations in the past, it became clear to me that I always had my best morning workouts when I was in this mindset!
Why is that?
I think it's just because my mind is not wandering (to the next rep, to the next exercise, "Uhh! I already can't breath anymore and still have this heavy negative chins in front of me" and so on) and I go through a little bit like in trance.
On some exercises I even forget the rep-count in the middle of the set but did not worry much and just subtracted 1rep from the result(And still did at least 1 rep more then previous workout).
I think you get the picture.
And this never happens when I workout at sunday mornings where I have time enough to fully wake up slowly and actually feel much stronger and more motivated.
Strange? Or maybe not?

Anyway, thanks for your time and I look forward to hear your experiences.

Regards,

Franco
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

I don't recommend this to anyone, but oddly enough, I've had periods of time when I only slept 3 or 4 nights per week and would often have workouts after not having slept for one or two nights in which I still managed to increase either TUL or weight significantly. I was not gaining any size during that time, but still gaining strength steadily.

No amphetamines or any of that craziness, just really odd work hours and too much caffeine.

Drew Baye
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bscastro

I work out at odd hours as well depending on work, family, etc. I have found morning workouts to be refreshing, but I often find myself tired after lunch. Part of that could be diet though.

Bryan
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J.W.

Indiana, USA

I usually work out at 5am. Mainly because I can have the gym to myself and have the evening hours after work to do what I need to do with other endeavors. I tend to be a morning person and get important things done early. However, I find working out at this time I have to motivate myself more mentally and also sometimes have to concentrate more to count reps and maintain the proper candence. I also find that when I work out in the late afternoon I tend to be a little bit stronger. But dealing with the congestion of the gym at that time and "Chatty Cathy" guys that just want to talk instead of workout make that workout time less productive. Sometimes there isn't a spotter around in the early hours, so Ill work out of the Power Rack for benches and squats.

J.W.
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Jeff60

I also work out very early in the morning (6am) to avoid the crowds and general (distracting) gym chatter.

Jeff
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NeuroMass

Ciccio wrote:
hi there,

I just thought about my workout this morning and just wanted to share my recent experiences with this early morning time.
You should know that I'm by no means a morning person but are forced by extrensic factors(work of course!) to do it in the last 2 month.
I work out at home which makes it a bit easier.
Now to my observation:
I had a great workout this morning (which is a good thing) despite the fact that I didn't felt very awake and fit or enthusiastic or motivated or however you want to call it(actually I almost skipped it).
After checking my log and visualizing some similar situations in the past, it became clear to me that I always had my best morning workouts when I was in this mindset!
Why is that?
I think it's just because my mind is not wandering (to the next rep, to the next exercise, "Uhh! I already can't breath anymore and still have this heavy negative chins in front of me" and so on) and I go through a little bit like in trance.
On some exercises I even forget the rep-count in the middle of the set but did not worry much and just subtracted 1rep from the result(And still did at least 1 rep more then previous workout).
I think you get the picture.
And this never happens when I workout at sunday mornings where I have time enough to fully wake up slowly and actually feel much stronger and more motivated.
Strange? Or maybe not?

Anyway, thanks for your time and I look forward to hear your experiences.

Regards,

Franco



ciccio,

I have experience this same scenario before. I myself had changed my workout sched many numerous timed before from p.m to a.m to p.m again. Anyway don't worry too much about it. It may be hard at first but you'll get the hang of it eventually.

PEACE.
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sniperfrog

I work shift work which means I work 12.5 hour days from 5:30 AM until 6:00 PM one week and then switch to 12.5 hour midnight shift from 5:30 PM to 6:00 AM. Obviously it is difficult to get enough sleep since your system gets all screwed up. But on day shifts I work out at about 4:30 AM ( I wake up around 3:45 AM ) and those are usually my better workouts. When I work midnight shift I workout around 2:30 in the afternoon and the gym is more crowded so sometimes its hard to go from one exercise to the next because some guy or gal will jump on the machine you want to use next. I think working out in the morning is better because then your eating plenty of calories throughout the day to help you recover. Also your not tired from a long workday.
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NeuroMass

sniperfrog wrote:
I work shift work which means I work 12.5 hour days from 5:30 AM until 6:00 PM one week and then switch to 12.5 hour midnight shift from 5:30 PM to 6:00 AM. Obviously it is difficult to get enough sleep since your system gets all screwed up. But on day shifts I work out at about 4:30 AM ( I wake up around 3:45 AM ) and those are usually my better workouts. When I work midnight shift I workout around 2:30 in the afternoon and the gym is more crowded so sometimes its hard to go from one exercise to the next because some guy or gal will jump on the machine you want to use next. I think working out in the morning is better because then your eating plenty of calories throughout the day to help you recover. Also your not tired from a long workday.



As for your case IRREGULAR work schedule is a big problem but as tey say if there's a will there's way. Just schedule your workouts perperly and you still can have a relatively productive workouts.

PEACE.
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sniperfrog

My work schedule is pretty crazy and my wife wonders how I do it going from days to midnight shift every week. But we have guys at work on the same schedule that compete in body building competitions and a couple have won their class here in Tennessee. When I was in the military I was a Navy SEAL and we had a pretty crazy work schedule as well, sometimes training during the day and night. But I think your body just adapts. You probably dont make as big of gains in muscle but you can still build yourself up. We ran a great deal as well as swim which isnt great for building muscle but again I was still able to and so was everyone else.We had guys that could do 25+ perfect pullups with 25 lbs and some guys that benchpressed over 400 lbs. That while running probably 30+ miles a week and going out drinking at night. Not what I reccomend for anyone but that is the lifestyle in the SEAL Teams.It was in the military when I first did HIT and I got in pretty good shape muscle wise. I dont run as much now so I hope I can put on more muscle with HIT than I did before.I am always curious to hear what people say about running and lifting because alot of people think you cant do both and make progress but I know you can. You just find a happy medium between your weight training and running.
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