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Old 02-13-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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Good topic.

When I was in the military I did a lot of early morning training. I would sip on a highly diluted protein shake during the workout, or on a BCAA drink. I usually put one scoop of whey in about 20-24 ounces of water. I am not sure if the protein was necessary, but not having eaten in quite a while I considered it an insurance policy. It was also nice to have something of taste while working out. Plain water wasn't always fun for me while still trying to wake up.

If you are a coffee person, you could also combine 12-16 ounces of coffee with 4-8 ounces of water and a scoop or whey. The extra water cools the coffee a bit. This combo is my favorite.

I would probably also recommend 5 minutes of walking and or some light stretching just to get moving, and then hit your workout as normal.

One thing I will say is that morning workouts made me hungry. I do recommend eating a quality meal post-workout. If not you might find yourself binge eating by mid-morning. On the weekends I lift in the morning and am always starving.
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