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Weight lifting/exercise when you wake up?

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Created August 24, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Hi all,

I recently started studying for my GMAT, so now I work 9-5 then try to put in a solid 3-4hrs of studying after work at the office so by the time I get home its 9-10pm and no real drive to hit the gym and eat after. Last few weeks my gym attendance has dropped dramatically.

I need to get my routine back and wondering if anyone has any information re waking up around 7am and being in the gym for around 7:15-20 and putting in a solid 30-40 mins of weight training. A routine similar to starting strength 2-3x a week. This will prob be till around xmas. So around 4 months.

Wondering about risk injuries on muscles and joints that soon after waking, and impact on cortisol etc. Cantabolism of muscle as a source of energy that early in the morning.

Ive heard your spine and joints fill up with fluid that takes around 60 mins to deplete and you should wait at least 30 mins before lifting.

My goals are still to lose weight, im 5'9 and 183lbs wanting to drop to 170ish but I dont want to lose muscle mass or strength either.

Thx!

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5904 · August 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Yes - bodybuilding.com has a home brand called Cheap Supplements. They are as the name suggests, and nothing added. 100% BCAA

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5904 · August 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I try for 8, but it is usually closer to 7-7.5. If it is going to be less than that I just sleep in. I normally train 4 mornings a week, and go for a big walk the other morning. I find it easier to stay in the groove and get up at the same time every day. Weekends are for studying, but I try to get some sprints in, and if possible a cruisey bike ride.

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1048 · August 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

what are the symptoms of crashing cortisol, and high cortisol for that matter?

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5232 · August 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

If you have bad a cortisol, it'll cause it to rise and then potentially crash at the 2/3 o'clock mark. But climb that mountain when/if you come to it.

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32518 · August 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM

And here's a great discussion on fasted training with some good artcles: http://forum.dirtycarnivore.com/index.php?topic=1537.15

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1048 · August 24, 2011 at 1:51 PM

any recommendations for brand and where you buy this stuff?

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1048 · August 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

How many hrs of sleep are you getting then and how often during the week are you doing this? I was thinking of starting at a Tuesday/Thursday early AM weight lifting routine for the first few weeks while I get acclimated to it and then change to a M/W/F routine to squeeze in that extra day. I also play rec league soccer twice a week of a night.

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20519 · August 24, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I do CrossFit and am in the box 3-4 days a week, three days more lifting intensive than the 4th. Alarm at 6am, smash it for 15 minutes of extra snoozing, big glass of water or coconut water + banana with or without almond butter, coconut shreds and a bit of seasalt. Cycle a little over 2 miles to my box, 7am workout 1- 1.5 hours, then back home again.

I'm used to early workouts, was a swimmer, and used to have two a day that were always fasted. 5am and then another late in the afternoon. I can't do CF fasted - just doesn't work for me.

No problems or body weirdness ever in my racing career or now. I just make sure to stay hydrated before, during, after and will eat within 45 minutes of returning home + ice coffee with milk. I was given some whey powder and am going to play with the occasional shake just to see if there is anything different with my workout and/or recovery.

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32518 · August 24, 2011 at 2:54 AM

I always lift fasted and used to wake up at 5 am, and be at the gym by 5:15 to lift. I used to do some cardio before lifting, but I don't anymore. You don't have to worry about catabolism of muscle.

Read these articles: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/monday-musings-thoughts-on-fasted-training/

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/post-workout-fasting/

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32518 · August 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM

And here's a great discussion on fasted training with some good artcles: http://forum.dirtycarnivore.com/index.php?topic=1537.15

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5904 · August 24, 2011 at 2:53 AM

CR - I get up at 5.30, have a coffee and some creatine, hit the gym at 6, home by 7, showered and at work by 8-8.30. I then work my 9-5, followed by a couple of hours of work for my Masters, or a bike ride or yoga class.

It is not ideal, but it is do-able.

You will be fine. Get ready for some tiredness and increased caffeine intake though.

I have not heard of or experienced any of the injury(s) that you mentioned. I have been training in the morning for about 5-6 years.

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5904 · August 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I try for 8, but it is usually closer to 7-7.5. If it is going to be less than that I just sleep in. I normally train 4 mornings a week, and go for a big walk the other morning. I find it easier to stay in the groove and get up at the same time every day. Weekends are for studying, but I try to get some sprints in, and if possible a cruisey bike ride.

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1048 · August 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

How many hrs of sleep are you getting then and how often during the week are you doing this? I was thinking of starting at a Tuesday/Thursday early AM weight lifting routine for the first few weeks while I get acclimated to it and then change to a M/W/F routine to squeeze in that extra day. I also play rec league soccer twice a week of a night.

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20 · August 24, 2011 at 3:25 AM

BCAA powder is recommended by many people for fasted training. I use it before working out. (it's also helpful fro recovery after). In Leangains he says it's needed for fasted training to prevent muscle catabolism. MAybe not, but I use it anyway (~10 grams)

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5904 · August 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Yes - bodybuilding.com has a home brand called Cheap Supplements. They are as the name suggests, and nothing added. 100% BCAA

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1048 · August 24, 2011 at 1:51 PM

any recommendations for brand and where you buy this stuff?

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