We know, we know. Nobody wants to wake up an hour early to work out. And if you do, then you truly deserve a medal. If you struggle with the snooze button before morning workouts, check out Greatist's 24 tips from the experts to becoming a morning person!
Cool down to warm up. “I ride a Citi Bike to the gym to teach—even in the winter. Those single digit temperatures and bitter breeze smack me so hard in the face, I don't even need a cup of coffee!” — Ryan Wilke, co-founder of Throwback Fitness
Set two alarms. “The first one lets me know I have 15 more minutes to sleep, which makes me happy. Then, I meditate for 10 minutes, drink an almond milk cappuccino, play music (pretty loud—sorry, neighbors!), and throw on a super-bright Nike outfit. Caffeine. Clear Head. Neon. I'm out the door and ready to take on the day.” — Holly Rilinger, Nike Master Trainer, Flywheel Master Instructor, and co-creator of BeachFIT
Pack accordingly and get in bed early. “Every evening I check to see what the morning workout will be and prepare my bag accordingly (not every day is a jump rope day). On weekdays I’m in bed no later than 10:30 p.m., so my 6:30 a.m. alarm doesn’t feel quite so brutal. I’m ready and out the door within 10 minutes.” — Sandee Shin, CrossFit Virtuosity athlete
Flip a switch. “Blinding light as soon as the alarm goes off always makes me realize I don’t want to go back to sleep. Then, I turn on some tunes—on days I need extra help I’ll go for Drake or Nikki—and grab my first cup of coffee rather than the covers.” — Jessi Kneeland, personal trainer and creator of Remodel Fitness
Have a delicious breakfast ready and waiting. “When I’m looking at another 5 a.m. wake up call, I’ll pre-order my favorite smoothie from my go-to smoothie shop to be delivered to the box early the next morning. Once I hit that send button, I know I have get up early—not just so I can eat it, but to make sure nobody else eats it (which, yes, has almost happened). I even label my alarm to say: 'Get your damn Liquiteria.'" — Sarah Pope, assistant coach at Brick New York
>> Recipe: Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
Keep the alarm away from your bed. “In fact, I used to have an alarm clock that would purposely vibrate off my nightstand, then shake and roll all over the floor so I had to chase it to shut it off! For me, the hardest part is that initial physical act of getting my body out of bed. It’s all downhill from there!” —Brian Gallagher, co-founder of Throwback Fitness
Make it a habit. “Life is about habits, both big and small. So to get to the bigger goal of working out in the morning, I stick to small habits along the way, like placing my alarm clock in my kitchen. As I brush my teeth, I ask myself: What will I gain from staying awake instead of going back to bed? The answer is always ‘a lot,’ because a couple extra hours of uninterrupted time is enormous, whether it's spent at a desk or in the gym.” — Adam Griffin, founder of Bodeefit
Prep your clothes—and a playlist. “The more I like my outfit, the more excited I am to put it on! Also, I always have an excellent playlist. For me, music dictates the way and the intensity in which I move." — Bree Branker, Flywheel NYC instructor
>> Playlist: Music to Run to
Wear red and grab a mint. “Most of my workout clothes are red. The color’s known to increase excitement, energy levels and circulation, and for me it really works to get me going. I also pop in a peppermint Altoid, which I’ve done ever since my collegiate track and field days. Peppermint can create alertness, which is something I need running through Central Park in the early a.m. The only thing that I haven’t mastered is remembering my keys, which sometimes makes my workouts a bit longer than originally planned.” — Jay Cardiello, celebrity trainer and fitness editor-at-large for Shape Magazine
Coffee = life. “I drink as much coffee as I can (if they made coffee IV injections I’d buy ‘em) to get my zombie-like body out the door before it knows what’s happening to it.” [Editor’s note: After all, we can have more caffeine than we thought!] — Alyx Brown, Chiropractic physician at Manhattan’s Urban Wellness Clinic
Splash yourself. “I could lie in bed for hours, so the biggest struggle for me is just putting my feet on the ground. Then I immediately walk to the bathroom and wash my face with cold water—afterwards, I feel awake and ready to go.” — Locke Hughes, senior editor
Eliminate excuses. “When I pack my bag the night before, I include an extra plastic bag for sweaty clothes and my second stash of toiletries so I’m never without some deodorant or quick-cleansing wipes (which I’ll use after a not-so-sweaty workout like yoga). Also, I keep hair ties on my wrist, because yes, I have used that excuse before.” — Maria Hart, senior editor
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