Early morning training, thoughts?

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  1. lawrencel715

    lawrencel715 New Member

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    Just read this on T-Nation:

    "And by the way, morning weight training isn't ideal either. Basically, the nervous system doesn't fully "wake up" until three to four hours after you do. But the good news is that the body will get used to anything, so you will eventually adapt to early morning training."

    http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do;jsessionid=13DA3EAC1E0196460098885AA2C33AFF.hydra?id=1401530

    I've started doing early morning lifts this past month, but it's not too consistant. I basically work out twice on the weekdays, and once on the weekend - full-body 5x5 routine. Both weekdays I go early morning, like at 5:30am, while on the weekend I go about 9-11am. Should I be working out at a consistant time everyday? I might be overthinking this, so just looking for thoughts.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it. The important thing is that you are getting to the gym, time doesn't matter.
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    the biggest con IMO is that you have a higher risk of back injury first thing in the morning
     
  4. MaineSucks

    MaineSucks OT Supporter

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    make sure you have something in your stomach to break the fast from the night before. I usually wake and have some protein and a small amount of carbs and drink BCAAs during training
     
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    why so?
     
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    i once did good mornings at 730 in the morning, never again!
     
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    i don't like it. works for some people though. just lift...
     
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    Safe to say it wasn't a.... good.... morning..... after all, eh?


    see what I did there?
     
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    lololololololololololololololol
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    (McGill, Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance)

    Should athletes train shortly after rising from bed?
    The answer is no—if a large amount of lumbar motion is required. Researchers have documented the increased annulus stresses after a bout of bed rest. In particular, full bending exercises are contraindicated. Yet many athletes, and laypeople alike, get up in the morning and perform spine stretches, sit-ups, and so on. This is the most dangerous time of the day to undertake such activities....

    The invertebral discs are highly hydrated upon rising from bed; the annulus is subjected to much higher stresses during bending under these conditions. The end plates fail at lower compressive loads as well. Thus, performing spine-bending maneuvers at this time of day is unwise. Because the discs generally lose 90% of the fluid that they will lose over the course of the day within the first hour after rising from bed, we suggest simply avoiding this period for exercise (that is, bending exercise) either for rehabilitation or performance training. While there hasn't been a study on the enhancements obtained during exercise routines as a function of time of day, Snook and colleagues (1998) did prove that the conscious avoidance of forward spine flexion in the morning improved their patients' back troubles.
     
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    I've always wondered why Bob Youngs said he wouldnt do anything for the first hour after waking up, because of his back
     
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    lawrencel715 New Member

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    yep, i always have milk + banana + ON whey + peanut butter.

    seems to be conflicting responses to this early morning lifting. i guess i won't worry too much about it though. i warm up with light cardio for 5 minutes, stretch, lift, then end with stretching. i don't lift too heavy either. 115lb BB bent over rows at most, so i don't think i'm putting my spine or back into much jeopardy.
     
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    you make me giggle like a little school girl
     
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