10 Tips to help you "GET YOUR ASS UP" for an Early Gym Session.
It's definitely getting darker and darker in the mornings.
From my experience this is when it starts to get quieter in sessions in general, but more specifically early AM sessions, as clients opt for the more comfortable option of an extra hour in bed than the more rewarding option of getting their backsides up and training early doors before work or whatever the day holds.
I don't even notice early mornings anymore and in most cases actually love being "up and at em" before most smashing through my to-do lists by 12pm. For the past 10 years I've been getting up from anywhere between 4.30am and 6am 3-5 days a week so I have picked up a few useful tricks to help with the early morning rising.
1) Pack your bags in advance.
Get all your gear/food/work stuff/toiletries and whatever else you need for the morning ready before you go to bed. In the early hours of the morning you want to leave yourself as little to do as poss, and you can guarantee when trying to remember all the stuff you need, still half asleep only looking through one eye, you will forget something and it will be something very important! Like clean underwear and you'll be left going commando all day at work!!
2) Go to bed EARLIER!
If you have control over this element of your evening take advantage of it. So don't sit up watching shit TV until 2am in the morning if you know your supposed to be up and on the way to the gym for 6am!!?? It's bloody obvious get yourself to bed! That early morning session is going to do you far more good than that late night rerun of Golden Girls!!
3) Sleep in some of your training gear.
One of my favourites. I often sleep in my training t-shirt or vest, sometimes tracky pants and sometimes socks. so that I don't have to take off warm clothes and re-heat some more cold clothes from the wardrobe. All you need to do is put your shoes on maybe a coat and you're good to go. Probably a little more acceptable if your single as most training gear isn't known for it's passion inducing qualities but fear not if you would rather not sleep in your training gear and favour your silk kimono for bed time, put your training gear on the radiator so that when you come to put it on in the morning it is TOASTY!
4) Get some light in the room ASAP!!
Again much easier if you're the only person in the room who needs to get up. The very first thing I do after turning my alarm off is switch the bedside lamp on. It helps me loads to keep my eyes open and not simply roll over. Especially now that the mornings are so dark and there will be no natural light to help.
5) Don't rush and enjoy the morning!!
I always set my alarm much earlier than I need to for loads of reasons. It allows me time to come round in bed, which I usually do by checking my emails, catching up on overnight Facebook posts or just generally pissing about on my Iphone. It gives me time to make a decent breakfast and sit and eat it without shovelling it down my neck. It just basically means I'm not rushing and stressing out from the moment I start my day.
6) Put the alarm out of reach.
If your a phantom snoozer? put the alarm out of reach so you have to physically get up to turn it off. Choose the most annoying tone possible so that it forces you to stop the alarm.
7) Dress for success.
Make sure you have a decent collection of winter training gear. Maybe some base layer tops and a nice pair of warm cycling shorts. Some warm football socks; some gloves and a wooly hat. If you train outside a decent showerproof jacket.. Whatever is going to make you feel more comfortable in your session. Remember pile on the layers you can always take em off as you go.
8) Listen to motivating music and if you can TURN-IT-UP!!
Sometimes I'll watch some motivating stuff on YouTube while I eat my breakfast or I get to Sweat Shed early and whack the stereo on full blast helps me wake up loads!! Maybe set your alarm tone to Eye of the Tiger?? how can you sleep in to that?! You can't!! You'd prob be more at risk of ditching the car and running to the gym stopping to deadlift cars on the way!!
9) Brag and let everybody know how BADASS you are!!
Think how Badass you will look after checking in at your gym or session, at a time 2 hours before mere mortals are even waking up!? As they contemplate that third press of the snooze button, you're day has started your owning it already. You've braved the dark, the rain, the snow, the frost, the lack of sleep to go train! they haven't!! That instantly makes you better than them!! and will no doubt make them think twice about giving you any shit later that day for fear of being bitch slapped by your BAD self!!
10) DRINK COFFEE!!
Saved this one for last but in my eyes it's by far the most important :)
I'm contemplating having a kettle by the bed to speed up the process,
Whatever you have to do just get some damn caffeine coursing through your veins!! Trust me the world is a much better place when you have!
Don't over think it, it gives you time to talk yourself out of the plans you made the night before. Going to bed you had every intention of getting up and training, so when that alarm goes off - Fuck that I'm-so-comfy-and-it's-so-cold Bullshit!! GET UP!!
You're a grown up, I'd expect that lying in until the death attitude from a teenager trying to avoid going to school!!
If you need to catch up on sleep that's cool, I know I'm partial to the odd power nap!
So use the weekends or the early evenings to grab an extra hour of zzzz's, or you could always attempt sleeping at work? Just don't get caught!
Want to put these tips to the test? Sweat Shed has 6.30am training sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come and get involved.