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Early Morning Workouts: 6 AM Lifting


Today I finally performed an early morning workout. Not my typical morning cardio only session, but instead a strength training session. I was up at 6 AM and it was still dark outside. Not only was it dark but it was pretty damn cold too. My initial reaction was to go back to bed, especially since The Shack is in the backyard, but I resisted the temptation.

There was no way I would be able to get up in the early morning without the proper rest. So I made sure to get at least 6.5 hours of sleep (still working on that ever elusive 8 hours). Sleep and rest are an important part of this journey that I am undergoing. Without them I will burn out. Burning out is not an option. Not for me at least.

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What did I do this morning? I squatted, benched, and did incline dumbbell presses. It was a quick hitting, multi-joint, heavy lifting session. It only took about 40 minutes or less, I lost track. But it was great. The one thing I didn’t like was that I barely broke a sweat.  I like sweating when I workout because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I then hopped on my recumbent bike for a quick morning cardio workout. The bike made me sweat. It was a good morning.

I like the whole morning workout idea because it makes my entire day better. I get the training part of my day over with and can focus on other stuff without having to worry about training. It also gives me a shot of adrenaline that propels my days.

I have this competition all but wrapped up. Those other guys ain’t got nothing on the Fat Man.

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About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. that’s commitment! great stuff. Doing the workout in the morning actually makes you feel more energised for the rest of the day

  2. AndrewNo Gravatar says:

    I try to exercise first thing every morning otherwise I find it just doesn’t happen. Even if it means I have to get up at 5am.

  3. Dr. KalNo Gravatar says:

    Working out in the morning eliminates all the excuses and helps you eat less because you don’t want to mess up what you already accomplished.

  4. You do know that working out in the morning forces your body to focus on burning more fat compared to working out any other times during the day so… Keep working out early!

  5. Blaine MooreNo Gravatar says:

    I enjoy working out early, but I also enjoy workout at other times of the day. In college it was easy, on weekdays I worked out first thing in the morning and late afternoon. Sometimes I’d also workout at lunch time.

    I wish I still had that kind of time available…

    As for these days, I tend to run at lunch time as being the most economical time for me to, although any time I lift weights its at 5 in the morning.

  6. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    During my Army days, I had a commander who always believed in the early morning workout. His philosophy was that even if the rest of the day went bad, he could at least say that he had a good workout. Good philosophy.

  7. Frugal DadNo Gravatar says:

    I hate morning workouts before I do them, and love them when they’re done. Funny how that works! I’m off to read more about “The Shack.” Been looking for some workout space myself.

  8. Morning is definitely a good time to have your workout exercise. It will help you boost your whole day routine.

  9. sheroneNo Gravatar says:

    If wake up early morning and take exercise for half hours. It would be great start of the great day.

  10. I have been working out mornings for the last few weeks and absolutely LOVE it.

    I’m with you on the waking up and wanting to crawl back into bed because it’s cold and dark outside but as they say, it takes only 30 days to form a habit … and this is one habit I really want to develop.

  11. Danny RobeyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, I am going to try it in the morning. I, myself, lack motivation. I have plenty of time on my hands and I NEED to lose weight. I am 185 right now and 6 foot and I need to lose 20 pounds and tone up by march 1st. Hopefully THIS will give me enough determination to work out every morning. No more video games! haha

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