Most programs are written to accommodate the everyman schedule, which means an afternoon or evening workout. This is especially true when nutrition is mentioned. But as the ranks of gym-goers swell in the afternoons and evenings, the number of lifters who choose to get their workouts done first thing in the morning is growing. There’s a lot to be said for getting a solid start to the day, while avoiding crowded gyms and crowded roadways. It’s also a great way to open up the evenings to spend more time with family and friends, or to use that post-work time for other pursuits.
Then there are those of us who have no choice. Work, family, or other obligations require us to rise early and train or not go at all. Below is a plan of attack designed specifically for the morning lifter, complete with pre-workout rituals and pre- and post-workout nutrition suggestions to get the most out of being an early riser.