Just about the only thing I'll wake up early for that doesn't include earning a paycheque is a tee time. For some reason, that never bothers me, I guess because I love to play golf. It's not just the idea of being outside because when I worked at a golf course one summer, waking up at 0'dark thirty to open the club was just as tortuous as waking up early to do anything else other than planting a tee on hole #1.
With all that history and baggage, I decided that I was going to give working out in the morning a try. I wanted to try it for a few reasons:
- I wanted to reset my body clock so I could go to sleep earlier.
- It would greatly reduce the chances that evening plans would de-rail or reschedule a training session.
- I wanted to get used to lifting earlier in the day since many competitions start lifting before noon.
- It would leave time in the evenings for other activities or supplemental workouts.
- I could avoid the bros and wannabe cross-fitters that cluttered up the weight room,
I'm stubborn and maybe not that smart but I've never really done much in the way of a warm-up before training. Partly because I don't love being at a gym so the less time the better and partly because I've always felt like what ever I do in the gym I should be able to do on demand, not after a 20 minute structured warm-up leading to a carefully graduated sequential loading pattern. You know, like if you had to lift that proverbial car off a child, would you ask for time to warm-up? I did make the concession to being less limber due to the time of day by doing an extra warm up set.
Squats felt okay, better than I thought they'd feel actually. Since today was hard deadlift day, my squats were 5 sets of 3 with 340 (75% of my last competition max). The weight didn't feel heavy but it did seem like no two sets felt the same. By the time I was done, I felt pretty warmed up for deadlifts even if I still felt like it was way too early.
My deadlift workout was 3 sets of 5 reps with my top set being 485 lbs. I was able to get all 5 reps with my goal weight and it wasn't until that set was done did I feel like I couldn't tell what time of day it was. I finished up with an attempted set of "poundstone curls" but I'm still far short of the goal of 100 reps.
Squat: 135x10, 135x5, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, 340x3x5 sets
Deadlift: 315x5, 405x5, add belt, 455x5, 485x5, 405x1 (setting the bar on the rack to unload the plates)
Poundstone curls: 45x50
As I write this entry at the end of the day, I feel good. I can hardly tell I trained this morning. Vivian and I are going to the gym to play some pick-up badminton tonight. In hindsight, I think the plan might just work out well, it's getting over the trauma of the early wake-up call that'll be the hardest part.