We all know the struggles of waking up early to go workout. It’s all fun and games when you’re at the gym, but the real test happens right before you walk into Pump City. Morning workouts are all about fighting with your inner voice that keeps telling you to go back to sleep or to just stay cozy at home. Even though it’s very tempting sometimes to give in to that little voice and go back to bed, you can’t! You have goals to achieve and people to prove wrong, so you better get that morning workout in. Here are 7 useful tips that will get you off your feet and motivated for that morning workout.
Move your clock: instead of putting your alarm clock right next to your bed, why not move it to the other extremity of the room? This way, you’ll have to get up to turn it off, which will notify your brain that it’s time to wake up.
Let there be light: Once the alarm clock is shut off and you’re on your feet, turn on the lights. If you’re not sleeping alone, go quickly into the hallway and open the lights. The brightness will send message to your brain to wake up and be alert to whatever is happening.
Drop for ten: Shut off the alarm, open the lights, and do 10 push-ups. Might seem crazy, but doing a short set of push-ups will release some endorphins in your body and give you a boost of energy. Your muscles take more time to wake up, therefore this short exercise will give them the adrenaline boost they need to start pumping.
Have a filling breakfast: You’ve heard already that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, period. It doesn’t matter at what time you wake up, eating a breakfast filled with nutrients will give you the boost of the energy you need to get moving. Some great breakfast ideas are oatmeal with egg whites and fruits, omelette or protein smoothie.
Listen to music: Listening to music in the morning is a great way to get in “the zone” before a workout. You don’t have to blast the music necessarily, but you can plug in your iPod and listen to your favorite songs to get a boost in energy. You can even listen to motivational speeches from Eric Thomas or Arnold Schwarzenegger to get those goose bumps going and be motivated for a successful workout. The voice of an expert in your ear tends to do that to you!
Take a PreWorkout: If you still need it, take a PreWorkout drink before your workout. The component of the drink will release the right amount of chemicals into your body to get you mentally and physically prepared for training. The drink will also feed your muscles to give them enough pump to withstand the weights you’ll be lifting later, which will also help them grow bigger for a more cutandjacked look.
Turn it into a meeting: It doesn’t matter who you meet at the gym, but if you make plans to meet someone, you will have no other choice but to get moving. Knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym will give you something to look forward to, other than pumping iron. If need be, talk to your gym partner and agree to text or call each other in the morning so that no one skips on the workout.
About the author: Sarah Anton is a writer, editor, lifter, runner, and foodie. Whenever she’s not at her desk or at the gym, you can find her in the kitchen testing new recipes. For business inquiries, please contact her through her website at www.writingleo.com
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"Success is not based on genetics. It’s not based on how nice his car is. It’s not based on how pretty my face is. How small my nose needs to look, whether or not I’m the right complexion. I have an eight inch scar down the side of my face but I have a camera in front of me more often than not. Which just means that if you work hard, and that your work is recognized, then the sky is the limit. So to all the people out there who think they are ugly and everything I’m holding it down for you. But more importantly you can still be a success. For all the people who think, “Well, I’m too short”, I’m still holding it down for you, you can still be a success. Find the things that you are excited about and that you can give your all in and work really hard towards attaining it" - Kai Greene
“The mind is everything. If you don’t believe you can do something then you can’t. If you believe that your upbringing was substandard and therefore you have to walk around as a refugee from that crisis situation for the rest of your life, forever bearing the burden of that experience then that will be YOUR life.” - Kai Greene
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"If I have to die tonight, if this weight is going to kill me tonight, so be it! I am dying where I want to be." - Kai Greene
"You come to a point in your life and you may be in bed just thinking about it. Ask yourself what is stopping you from becoming your dreams" - Kai Greene
“How intense could you be? Can you be intense enough to pick this 500Lbs off the floor? Are you intense enough to pick this 700Lbs up? Squat down to the floor and stand back up? So what if your eyes are bloodshot! So what if your bones feel like snapping! WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO!” - Kai Greene
"Your dreams are always going to be the most important to you than they will be to anybody else. So keep dreaming, keep believing, keep pressing forward. So all those warriors out there – be encouraged" - Kai Greene
"In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece" - Kai Greene
“It's like you have to save your own life, nobody’s going to be able to save it for you. So we have to do what we have to do.” - Kai Greene
"If you don’t have a dream, then you have nothing to work for, nothing to get up in the morning for, no reason.. and no purpose to be. But friends we do have a dream and dreams do come true not because we keep believing but we keep working hard" - Kai Greene
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Set goals – Being driven to train comes with years of discipline. We are not always motivated to train no matter how positive we feel. Especially when we train at least 5 days out of the week. Setting goals gives us the mind set that on days when we feel we have earned enough merits of hard training we ask ourselves qualifying questions like: Is this really enough? It could be a question of am I where I need to be to look how I want on the beach? To fit in that dress? To be ready for that photoshoot? Before reuniting with family abroad? Have something big to aim for and set small weekly targets until you get there.
Always push to the end – Sometimes it too easy to give ourselves credit when we train hard. We get a little pump in the gym and build a little sweat and feel we have done well. We compare ourselves to someone who doesn’t train at all and say “well I don’t go out like my mates, I don’t smoke and I don’t take drugs” We feel this is a good enough reason to slack. Finding poor justifications to have a poor session. If you can’t push yourself hard enough then get a personal trainer to help push you or a training partner who is hungrier than you for a good session.
Just start – Some people are skeptical of joining the gym as they feel when they go they will be the weakest person there and they feel intimidated. Funny enough I’ve found that there are many people that think they have to train at home first, change there eating habits and build up a level of fitness so they can “qualify” to attend or be a member of any gym. What people need to understand is all this structured planning are just excuses to prolong their success. Procrastination doesn’t build muscle. Actions do. Get it together and go to the gym. Join classes if you have to but do something.
Use correct form – If you need to start with lighter weight then do it. Some days you may feel weak. It could be lack of sleep or just general tiredness. We can’t avoid it in some cases. When this happens it would be advisable to use a lighter weight. Throwing the weight around using momentum like your dancing isn’t going to achieve much. I’ve seen people do bicep curls whilst doing mini squats at the same time. Sore quads after a bicep curl isn’t the focus we are looking for. I’ve seen a bar being stacked with weight and a person perform a quarter squat on a 1 rep max. There was more effort in stacking the weight on than the actual squat itself. If in doubt then speak with a member of staff at the gym, watch some YouTube videos, sometimes asking the one who looks experienced in the gym may help.
Learn from people who have achieved what you want – It’s said you should surround yourselves with positive people. In the same way you should follow and learn from the experts who have done what you are aiming to do. Some people have different theories in how they train to achieve their goals. Just find what works for you and see if you can achieve good results using the same plan or technique. If it doesn’t work then move on and try something else. You may not get it the first time but good practice can reap you big rewards. Some people who are good at training aren’t necessarily good nutritionists so take whatever they are good in and something else from the next person. Learning is power, so with more knowledge you are gaining more power.
Have the right supplements – Training hard will give you good results but having the right supplements will help to aid a strenuous workout. BCAA’s during a resistance session could help to prevent muscle fatigue and in some cases cramps. Isotonic or a drink with glucose could help to replenish glycogen when it is running low during a training session. Whey protein after training is the optimal time to have a whey protein and hydrolyzed is probably the best to have but ultimately you should find out which is fit and suited to your goals. I personally use PhD Nutrition as it is a pharmaceutical grade with regular batch testing to make sure it is clean and good for my body.
Put food over supplements – Although I am a sponsored athlete and use supplements I would put food as the paramount form of nutrition for the growing body. Supplements are mainly targeted at certain roles in “addition” to a healthy diet and in some cases can replace some meals on a very busy schedule but at no point should you put supplements before food. Preparing your food before you set out in your day is like the first step in achieving a good body and healthy mindset.
Mix up your training routine – When you train, you should always have a new routine every week. Many of the biggest Olympians step in the gym and decide what machine they will use depending how they feel. You can stick with certain body parts on the days but change the order and maybe even the rep range. My clients have no idea what they will be doing in each session, as I don’t want them to program themselves to have a relaxing session.
Listen to your body not your mind – Sometimes before you get to the gym you we’re fully geared up mentally then you get there and you almost feel mentally depleted. The explanation behind it is almost unexplainable but it happens. Sometimes you have to go against the grain and just train. I used to have a training partner who used to see me in this state on many occasions and he would say “Don’t think about it” sometimes we need to block out everything around us which could include personal issues and not think about it. Maybe plug in some music and just train. Some days we may have over trained, not received much rest or just physically ill. We need to take these signs as a “sign” to take a seat and relax. I feel guilty sometimes even if I feel sick. As long as you know within yourself that it is not an excuse to put your feet up then the next time you hit the gym, hit it hard. Make up for lost time and really put in the work.
Buy clothes to fit your future body - Just like setting goals, this helps you to re-confirm the decision you have made by working towards another goal – Fitting in new clothes. The more expensive the better, this way you won’t want to waste your time. Whether it be a few waist sizes smaller or for someone who is looking to gain weight then purchase the next size up and aim to fit it. Telling people what your goal is again forces you to aim high because it’s not just a secret goal but you wont want to disappoint anybody. This is why I do competitions and photoshoots. The last thing I want is to go on stage unprepared or look out of shape. If I’m prepping for a shoot, again I don’t want to have images circulating on social media with me in terrible condition, unless its for the purpose of a before an after shot.
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“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
- Bruce Lee
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
- Bruce Lee
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
- Bruce Lee
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
- Bruce Lee
“The doubters said,
"Man can not fly,"
The doers said,
"Maybe, but we'll try,"
And finally soared
In the morning glow
Watched from below.”
- Bruce Lee
“If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
- Bruce Lee
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what
is specifically your own.”
- Bruce Lee
“Be happy, but never satisfied.”
- Bruce Lee
“Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
- Bruce Lee
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
- Bruce Lee
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
- Bruce Lee
Born: 27 November 1940
Died: 20 July 1973
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Fitness. It’s the first thing some think about every January 1st or when they have an upcoming event where they want to look amazing but it’s the last thing to be checked off on our giant “to do” list. We look at fitness as “a thing” we have to do to look better, to lose weight or gain muscle. For many of us it has a negative connotation – something we have to suffer through in order to reach a certain goal. “No pain, no gain”. But what if we looked at fitness with a whole different attitude – gratitude. Something to be thankful and grateful for.
When we think of being grateful, we think of the BIG things in life – a roof over our heads, a job that pays the bills and a family that loves us. But what about the smaller things like being able to walk up a flight of stairs, play in the yard with your family and the ability to move? Our fitness is often over looked and taken for granted. It’s something we’ll focus on when we have more. More time, more money, more incentive. But what if your fitness abilities were taken away from you?
Fitness isn’t all about fitting into your favorite clothes. It’s about how great moving makes you feel and the awesome things you can accomplish with the incredible body you have. When our ability to use our bodies is taken from us, we regret the things we didn’t do when we could have. You hurt your knees and you wish you could take up running. You break your arm and you wish you could toss the ball with your kids/family. So why not try living without regret and doing things just because you can. I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but in the last year and a half alone, I ran the distance of the United States. My body and fitness allowed me to put one foot in front of the other for 3500 miles. I didn’t do it to lose weight, win a contest or because someone was chasing me. I did it because I could. And I am extremely grateful that my body and fitness level allowed me to experience every mile of it.
I challenge you to look at fitness in a whole new light – with gratitude. Walk into the gym with a positive attitude. Be thankful that you can ask your body to do something and it will do it. Be grateful for the pride you feel after a great workout. And most of all, appreciate the amazing moments you will experience when you are grateful for what you have.
Tip: Did you know that your level of fitness is what got you here? Before you were born, you “ran” the most important race of your life. In essence, you competed in a race to the distance of the moon against the entire population of the US and Japan and you won. In the survival of the fittest, you won the ultimate prize – life. What are you going to do with your prize?
Written By Tera Busker
We all have choices. There will always be a fork in the road and we will have to choose which path to go down. Go down path A or path B? Each “path” or choice we make will give us a different outcome. Some of us choose a certain “path” because it’s easier – a straight shot that is easy, flat and comfortable. Others choose the more difficult path that requires work – lots of hills, twists and turns that take us out of our comfort zone. Most people choose the easy route, because it’s predictable and there are no surprises. We know the route and it’s familiar to us. It’s scary to step away from what we “know” and do something that is different.
It’s 5 am and the alarm goes off. You can choose to stay in bed, hit the snooze button and go back to sleep like you do every morning or you can choose to put both feet over the side of the bed, lace up your shoes and head off to the gym. It’s dinnertime. You can pick up the phone and order a pizza for delivery or you can take a few minutes to make a healthy meal and take the leftovers to work the next day. It’s a choice. Take the easy route and stay exactly where you are in life, or take the harder more rewarding route that takes a little bit of work but will take you to where you want to be. It’s a choice that you have to make for yourself. Do you really want to feel better, have more energy and live a better quality of life or are you content doing what you are currently doing right now and never experience what will happen if you take the more challenging road?
I decided to go down the challenging path and it has taken me to places I could have NEVER dreamed of. I have pushed my body to its limits, ran half marathons, climbed to the top of a mountain, completed in strength and fitness competitions and I have an incredible job where I am able to be a part of so many people’s journey into health and fitness. I know if I continue to take the more difficult road in life, I will experience so much more than I can imagine. It will not be easy, and at times I will want to quit. There will always be gooie pieces of “chocolate cake” and a warm cozy bed in my way, but if I side step the obstacles and continue to put one foot in front of the other, the journey will be worth it.
Make this your mantra for the month: “TODAY I am choosing to live a healthier lifestyle and I am going to stick to it. Yes there will be bad days and slip-ups, but that happens to the best of us. I cannot and will not let that get in the way of something that I want. I deserve to have the life I want and I am willing to work for it. NO EXCUSES!”
Written By Tera Busker