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Top 5 Reasons P90X in the Morning Beats the Pants Off Any Other Time of Day

I used to be an “after work” workout guy. I’d wake up, do my thing, come home, work out and call it a day.

And while that worked and I saw progress, after a full day there was always a mental hurdle to jump when it came time to do it.

A frequent question we get around here is “What’s the best time of day to work out?”  Of course, the basic answer is to work out at a time that makes the most sense for your schedule… but my preferred answer is in the morning BEFORE your twisty, turny day kicks into overdrive.

To be honest, my “work out later” philosophy was mostly because I wasn’t willing to make the sacrifice of getting up and hour and a half earlier. I just didn’t’ want to wake up early. Why? Because I stayed up late wasting time playing video games, dinking around on the computer or watching movies or TV. I’m sure some of you have the similar habits– something you do that might get you to bed at a later hour, but something you probably wouldn’t miss when things came down to it. In short, when I really looked at my reasoning, I didn’t have a good one.

So I switched. I bagged the staying up late to justify as “relaxation” and used that time to get some extra sleep so I could get out of bed the next morning that much earlier. At first, it took a week or so of adjustment, but now I can’t imagine doing anything but.

While you can get results no matter what time of day you work out, there’s definite benefits to working out in the morning. Here’s Five reasons working out in the AM beats the pants off doing it at night:

  1. Energy! Working out in the morning leaves you alert and focused with more energy to power through your day. You’ve accomplished something, your body is alert and worked and your mind is clicking. Compare that to the mental struggle of fitting in a workout after a day of activity with work, stresses, etc. and summoning up the motivation to get a workout in with everything else going on at night.
  2. Metabolism Vroom. Studies have show a good workout in the morning will keep the metabolism cranking hours into the day, burning more calories. A morning workout also kick starts your appetite. You’ll find you’ll have an appetite for all the food you’re supposed to be taking in as your body burns through it.
  3. No stress. There’s nothing going on in the morning if you wake up early. Later at night, things come up, mental barriers get put into place and before you know it, you’re working out at 10 or 11 with a low energy level– not to mention hitting the sack late with your adrenaline pumping.
  4. Fat Seeking Missile. Working out on an empty stomach retrains your body to use stored energy over what’s available in your stomach. When your body starts learning to use this stuff first, fat gets targeted instead of the stuff from your last meal. See, when you wake up, your glycogen (stored carbohydrates) can be pretty low. Since carbs are your body’s numero uno source for go-to energy, your body will seek out the reserve stores: body fat.
  5. Long-Term Commitment. People who work out in the morning are more likely to be working out a year later than those who don’t. After reading point 3, that makes all kinds of sense. If you get your workout done first thing, excuses are out and there’s less conflict as the day goes on. And after all, P90X isn’t just a 90 day program– it’s training you to look and feel good for life.

So there you have it. An early morning workout can not only optimize your fat loss, but gets you off to a great start. I used to be doubter, but applied the theory and now swear by it.

Give it a shot for a week and I promise you’ll feel better, need less motivation and your days and evenings will be wide open and free of  “I gotta work out!” stress.

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4 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Johnny says:

    Is it ok to do an additional 30 minute krav maga practice
    twice weekly in addition to P90X?

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Yes it is- as long as you can “hang” with the P90X program and feel good. I’m familiar with Krav Maga (wish we had a studio around here) but as for practice, is it pretty intense?
      Are you postponing Combat?

  2. amit says:

    Hi nice article. I would like to try and get my p90x workouts in during the mornings bf work. Would you recommend any nutrition before the workouts? BCAA, whey protein etc to keep muscle from being burned off for fuel? I’m a male and even though fat loss is my no 1 goal, so is muscle bulding or atleast muscle retention. Thanks for your help! – Amit.

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Hi Amit-

      Thanks for checking in! I’d definitely recommend P90X workouts in the morning if only for the energy they provide and the fact nothing else gets in their way as the day goes on– as for nutrition, there’s a couple camps- eat and fasted state. I can only go by what’s worked for me when I was after fat loss and that was water and maybe a pre-workout (which BCAAs can fall into that category as many are supplemented with caffeine, etc.). Fat loss will come as you follow the nutrition guide.

      Have you started the program yet?

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