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Old 02-12-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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I am seriously considering waking up early in the morning to train. For one, I am wanting to spend more time with my family when I get home from work. My son doesn't quite understand why Dada doesn't want to play when he gets home from work. Second, it gets 110+ degF here in the summer and the best way to avoid it is by training early.

I'm looking for advice on training in the morning, fasted. I'm interested in advice, insight, personal experiences, articles, videos, threads, etc...
Since I probably won't be eating, I am interested in what I need to do to mitigate the effects of being fasted.

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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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Is it essential to train fasted, or could you snack before getting ready to lift? I'm not a scientist, so I don't know that training fasted would be detrimental, but it would make sense that having almost nothing in your system would be less than optimal for training.
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Josh, i trained in the morning for 20 years while in the Army, and i never ate breakfast prior to PT (physical Training). and then when i really got into the weight lifting arena, was while i was in Iraq, i still would do my weight training in the morning prior to Chow. i never had an issue... but i can tell you that after training and then showering and changing into uniform, i was devouring breakfast, i ate like freaking madman.... thus probally half the reason i went from 172lbs to 202lbs the year i was there and lifting...

i think you will do fine lifting first thing in the morning, plus i always felt like i had more energy first thing... good luck
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I am seriously considering waking up early in the morning to train.
I am usually up at 5.30am for my commute to work so I cant workout early in the morning.
If I worked locally , I would do this , 100% . It’s the best way to manage time , just make sure you are getting sleep at the other side ,
i.e no going to bed at 1am and then up early expecting miracles!
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I am wanting to spend more time with my family when I get home from work. My son doesn't quite understand why Dada doesn't want to play when he gets home from work.
This is the reason I train at lunchtime , it will make the evenings free for family time

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I'm looking for advice on training in the morning, fasted. I'm interested in advice, insight, personal experiences, articles, videos, threads, etc...
Since I probably won't be eating, I am interested in what I need to do to mitigate the effects of being fasted.
Right now I am training fasted , at first I did not like it one bit. But I am used to it now , I hope!
My numbers did dip a bit but I am slowly adding back kgs to the bar a week and am more used to it.
All I have as a prework out is coffee (and lots of it)
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All my morning training is done fasted. I usually have a cup of coffee on the way to the gym and then just hit it. I do recommend taking an extra couple minutes to stretch a wee bit more than you usually do.

I didn't see a drop in weights, but I found that you do have to dig a little deeper to find that same intensity you have if you're used to training in the evenings. If you can persevere through the first couple workouts and find your inner drive you'll be just fine.
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My schedule has changed for a bit, moving me to afternoons. Typically, I train in the mornings, after everyone leaves for work and school (benefit of living right next door to my office). I train fasted and can not imagine trying to eat before training. I would puke every session if I did so.

One thing I recommend. When you sleep, the fluid in your discs settles. Give yourself some time before starting in the gym to let your back "wake up" and everything to readjust to being upright and moving. I believe it is McGill that recommends 45-60 minutes before anything that will affect the back.
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could you eat a big meal close to bed time? your stomach would probably be empty by morning, but your small intestine would still be absorbing calories before breakfast/during your workout.
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I trained at 4:00AM fasted 4X per week for 2 years and I was fine. I did drink a Casein shake before bed. I also took a pre-wo and drank Xtend intra. I progressed just fine. The only reason I stopped is because the banging of plates and bars almost always awoke Mrs Squatter and she was growing really tired of it. Unhappy wife = unhappy life.

Still today, my Crew training on Saturday and Sunday mornings is still fasted, and those are my 2 heavy days. The only reason I stopped progressing was because I kept reinjuring my lower back every few months due to my compression issue that you likely already know about.

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