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Workout times?

Is it better to work out in the morning(early5-6a) or later on in the day?
I found today when i worked out in between a few classes at school, i was so much more awake later on in the day, couldnt stay awake at all before that.

How many of you guys work out early in the morning?
Would it be better to do a light workout in the morning, sort of like a warmup, then go harder later on?
Its been like 2years since ive actual been active doing it, just trying to get some tips to get back in the swing.
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I've been hitting it at 6AM for a while now, even did the 5AM thing before I moved to Arlington. From what I have found over the last 10 years, mornings completely rock. I'll hit my workout for 1-1.5 hours followed by 30-45min of cardio 5 or 6 times a week. I'll go back in the evening 3-4 times a week for more cardio. This is a little more extreme than my off season but man, summer is coming fast. It definitely is a good way to start off the day if it doesn't conflict with your work/personal schedule.
Yeah i really felt alot better now, not feeling so lazy.
Im going to try to do it in the moring, but i may have to do free weights at home as the gym isnt open that early, then hit the gym for heavier lifting after classes.

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I felt great this past summer when I'd wake up at 6am, go run a mile and come home and work out for 45 minutes and got in great shape doing it. Then I hyperextended my knee on halloween and stopped working out until that got better. I was down about a month and although I've started working out again, I just can't bring myself to get up early anymore. I just do it after school when I get home at 9pm.

Maybe when it warms back up I'll start in the morning again.
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So far im just working out at the gym at school (TCC) dont have the money or time to drive to another gym I wish i did.
My workout so far has just been 3 days a week, trying to get back into things and trying to work around work/school.
I hadnt done too much free weights yet as i wanted to get back to where i was on the machines then go to the free weights to build strengh/mass.
Im probably going to go buy decent bench, and a nice set of free weight so i can do some at home, as of now all i have at home is pretty limited(some old machine my parents have, and two interchangable dumb bells)pretty weak i know, but i dont have the money yet to get some good equipment.

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Well it's all about doing what your able to....90% is just doing.

Gotta love it...feel the pain!
Oh yeah
thanks for the tips, ill try a little bit of that routine
to start off, work my way up

BTW are there any decent smaller benches/weights you can think of for under $150-200

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Academy has plenty for that price range as far as home equipment goes. I'd keep an eye out for someone needing cash who may be selling an olympic set though. What side of town you on? Ya need to come train in Arlington some morning, get ya completely addicted in one session.
I live in Southlake, i wish i had the time to go to a real gym.
Might take you up on that sometime, what part of arlington you in?
Ill keep an eye out for someone selling weights.

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South Arlington here, by the Parks mall. I took my wife with me 2 weeks ago for legs and even let her take it a little easy, she couldn't walk for over a week....I only train with the guys now as my marriage may suffer if I ever show her that much pain again...lol
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yeah dont hurt the mrs., she may cut off some "fun" while shes healing
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6:00-7:00am M-F for Cardio
5:30-6:30pm M/Tues/Thurs and sometimes Fridays for weights
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Ohhhh the memmories.....I used to workout for 3 hrs a day after class at NE campus TCC and then go swimming afterwards.
I never really got huge there though...it wasn't until I joined a real gym did I grow.
But it was definately a learning experience working out at TCC.
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i think it's just whatever works for you. i cant work out in the morn, it kills me i cant do all that right after getting up. i work out about 2pm six days per week...it works pretty good for me.

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-07-2005, 08:17 PM
 
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What gym ya training at? Here is my new training routine, been at it a few weeks and man does it tear it up.

Day 1: Chest

Alternate between dumbbells and barbells to save rotator cuffs.
• Flat Dumbbell Presses: 3 warmup sets, 3 working sets at max working poundage for as many reps as you can
• Incline Dumbbell Presses: 1 warmup set, 3 working sets at max working poundage for as many reps as you can
• Flat Flyes: 4 Sets in ascending weight, 12-15 reps
• Incline Flyes: 4 sets in ascending weight, 12-15 reps
• Dips: 3 sets to all out failure

Day 2: Back

All reps are to be done with strict, strict form.
• Reverse Rows: 3 warmup sets, 4 working max sets
• Pulldowns - 4 sets, mid-range grip (stretch is important)
• Low Pulley Rows: 4 sets x 12-15 reps
• One Arm Rows: 3 sets x 10 reps
• Deadlifts - 5 sets ascending to 8 rep functional max training weight

Day 3: Shoulders

You gotta push the weight, but you gotta keep form.
• Military Presses: 3 warmup sets, 5 sets x 5-8 reps
• Laterals: 4 sets strict form
• Rear Laterals: 4 sets, all out at one weight
• Barbell Shrugs - 5 sets x 6-10 reps
• Alternate front/rear upright cables 4 sets x 12-15 reps


Day 4: Arms

Always train biceps before triceps.
• Straight Bar Curls: 2 warmup sets of 20 reps each, 3 working sets 10-15 range
• Hammer Curls: 3 sets x 12 reps
• One Arm Preacher Curls: 3 sets x 15 reps (flush the blood)
• Pushdowns: Total out 7 sets, pyramiding up to 10 rep max
• Skullcrushers: 3 sets x 15 reps
• One Arm Overhead Extensions: 3 sets x 15 reps
• Dips: 3 sets, all out to failure

Day 5: Legs

Yeah, it’s leg day.
• Leg extensions: 8 sets, total 20 reps on all sets
• Leg Presses: 5 sets, pyramiding up
• Squats: 4 sets x 20 reps (full depth)
• Hack Squats: 4 sets x 20 reps
• Leg Curls: 6 sets x 15 reps
• Stiff-Leg Deads: 5 sets x 15 reps (full stretch)

would be totally bad ass if i had time for all of that, about how much time each day does that routine take you.
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Small world, I started at TCC northeast also. Got in with friends at first, then took their "weight training" course....that screwed me all up for 2 years. They make you do all the major muscle groups 3 times a week....never gained much strength or size till I started over at Strouds, what a difference. Not going to complain though, I guess we all have to go through the wrong way of doing things first....just glad to be at the weight training for my 10th consecutive year this year. Having doubled my weight over these 10 years, and changed dims from 28" chest/28" waist to 58" chest/32" waist...gotta love it!

That's crazy man...because I workout at Stroud's as well.
What a small world.
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Yea, when you walk in....you can smell the roids in the air!
ha ha
and yea, Kirk and Sam are awesome, hence why they have been in business so long.
I think the craziest thing that I have ever seen.... is when Sam benched 315 lbs!
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Since I am unemployed I found that I like hitting the weights at about 10:30AM best. I"ve eaten a few times by then and I can finish and within an hour hve a good lunch! I'm fresh and awake and have toime to psych up for it too. But that schedule is not realistic for most anyone else.

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I usually work til 3:30- 4 am, so I usually wake up, eat and hit the gym around 11. Yesterday I was the only one in the building besides the owner, it was great.

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Working out in the morning is probably best for you as far as your metabolism goes, but I NEVER have any energy so I usually get my best workouts in the evening. Usually run for 10-15 minutes, hit the weights for an hour, then run a little more.

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