7 Tips On Waking Up And Working Out

Friday, September 7, 2012
If you're looking for a way to increase your energy, boost your metabolism, and be more productive throughout the day; then start your day off in the gym.

My friends and family all know me as an early riser... I get up habitually every morning at 5am and immediately start my day off with an intense workout. I get a lot of questions and e-mails about how to do it, so here are 7 tips that have helped me turn this into a habit:

If you're interested in waking up for an early morning workout, remembering the 4P's is critical: Proper Planning equals Peak Performance.

1. Prep Your Pre-Workout Nutrition:

Prepare any pre-workout nutrition that you will be taking and have it ready to go.

For example: I take a pre-workout drink and a few essential vitamins that help me get going every morning, so I get them ready to go and place them bedside so I can take them immediately upon rising.

Have your post workout protein powder ready to go in your shaker the night before as well.

2. Wear your gym clothes to bed:

Set your shoes aside and have your gym bag packed so you can grab and go as soon as you wake up.

3. Drink Water!

Drink 16 ounces of cold water. It wakes you up and gives you the hydration you need to workout.

4. Consider Caffeine

You can get it in tablet form, or you can brew your morning cup of joe as usual. Proven to increase strength and alertness.

5. Review Workout (before bed)

Planning and reviewing your workout right before bed will increase your chances of waking up dramatically. When you plan and review, you know exactly what you need to do in the morning so you will avoid screwing around and wasting time. Reviewing your workout pre-bed will also put your sub-conscious mind to work - thinking about it all night and you'll be surprised at how well you perform in the morning!

6. Wake up shock

Try splashing yourself in the face with cold water a few times, it always does the trick for me!


Tell yourself you're going to wake up at 5 or 6am and you will. As soon as your alarm goes off just get up and go! Don't give yourself time to think about it or else you'll hit 'snooze' and go back to bed... Then regret it later.