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Offline Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:15:49 PM(UTC)
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So I started working out just over a month ago doing the BeachBody Insanity workout. It's mainly cardio stuff and I do recommend it to anyone. It's really good. I don't think I've been this toned since High School sports, lol.

I get up at 5:15am currently, do the work out, shower, head to work. I've been struggling the last few days with waking up and fully pushing myself. After this week is up, I start the Max interval training and am wanting to push myself extremely hard the last 4 weeks.

The question I have is, what can I take/drink/eat to wake me up sooner in the morning?

I was thinking 5 hour energy drink, someone suggested Emergen-C.

Any ideas?

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#2 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:28:10 PM(UTC)
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Me... I pop B-6, B-12, Niacin and Folic acid in the morning along with my normal daily vitamin and morning snack.

There is a noticeable difference in my energy levels and body responses with that regiment.. however read up on the B's vitamins and the risks that go along with taking elevated levels of each.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2011 6:58:54 PM(UTC)
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For sure B-6 and B-12 should give you more energy. If you are having a 5 hour energy in the morning, you should be careful of what vitamins you are taking, as the 5 hour is loaded with high amounts of many vitamins already (and overload can cause liver problems long term.)

As with most things - moderation is your friend.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:33:59 PM(UTC)
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At most, I'd be taking one 5 hour energy a day for six days a week. I don't work out on Sundays. Although when I start the P90x, that might change.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:34:08 PM(UTC)
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This time of year, I'm in weight gain mode. I drink 3 pots of coffee, sit on my ass at work and home. In April I go back to my 80 hour work days and go into weight loss mode, where I don't eat dinner or breakfast.

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Enjoy working out Zero.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:47:19 PM(UTC)
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Work Out!!!! What??? Are you guys crazy? Just getting out of bed is a workout for me, then I crawl to the bathroom, forget what I'm there for, and slowly get up on my feet so I can walk to the kitchen, get coffee, sit down on the couch, and promptly fall asleep until my wife hits me across the head and reminds me not to forget to vacum the living room while she's at work. Oh, and in the winter I'm shoveling 8,000 friggin' feet of snow every other day.

That's my workout. And I'm stickin' to it.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, February 12, 2011 7:05:09 PM(UTC)
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Another good thing to drink in the morning is Green Tea. It has antioxidants AND caffeine. So, good for you and wakes you up. Just be careful with all those energy drinks without any food in your stomach. We've had 2 co-workers go down on the line with dizziness and shortness of breath because they drove in early, had no food in their stomach, and downed 1 or 2 Rockstar energy drinks or something similar.

I'm assuming you mean to take this BEFORE your workout? Usually, all the blood flowing from exercise is plenty to wake someone up in the morning. Maybe 10 minutes on a stationary bike or some warm-up stretching/jumping jacks/etc will help get the blood flowing.

I envy you for working out in the morning. Even in high school, I could barely tolerate morning runs. Just can't do it.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:36:23 AM(UTC)
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I just did Chest Shoulders & Biceps and Ab Ripper X from p90x tonight. It's a really good upper body workout. I'm impressed. The Ab Ripper X has a few good exercise moves, but Insane Abs from Insanity is far superior.

I think I'm going to go back to Insanity tomorrow morning and might mix the Chest Shoulders & Biceps workout into the routine instead of the Plyometrics.

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#9 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:19:43 AM(UTC)
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The workout routine I use is found at http://stronglifts.com. I went from 160 to 195 over the course of a summer using this program. It is extremely simple (no need to change your routine all the time), but it WORKS:
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#10 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 11:09:23 AM(UTC)
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The workout routine I use is found at http://stronglifts.com. I went from 160 to 195 over the course of a summer using this program. It is extremely simple (no need to change your routine all the time), but it WORKS:


35 lb gain? NonStopSteroid usage!!!!!

I'll have to check that site out.

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#11 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 11:20:26 AM(UTC)
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Believe me, I was juiced. So much milk it was running out my ears and nostrils. ;)
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#12 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:46:44 PM(UTC)
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I don't take anything extra to wake up. MOL like MT Bob I stagger/stumble around in the dark/ predawn light. Get my walking clothes on and head out. My eyes are still almost completely shut for the first block or so. The cold and wind usually wake me up the rest of the way. No artificial stimulant needed.
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#13 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 11:38:12 PM(UTC)
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In April I go back to my 80 hour work days.


Good lord. I hope you have split personalities, and all of them are on the clock simultaneously... :icon_smile:
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#14 Posted : Friday, April 1, 2011 4:44:50 PM(UTC)
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Believe me, I was juiced. So much milk it was running out my ears and nostrils. ;)

(And nipples....)LOL!
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#15 Posted : Monday, August 8, 2011 12:31:08 PM(UTC)
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I've spent the last couple months eating pretty much whatever I could in hopes of gaining a few pounds. I finally got to a weight that I felt comfortable with being able to maintain so I was gonna start working out again. Two days later, I dropped five pounds. Unreal.

Anyhow, I've given up hope on gaining weight and am going to start working out again because it made me feel better and put me in a better mood. I'm going to down quite a bit of protein in hopes of turning some of the 15.7% body fat into muscle.


I'm probably posing this question to the wrong group, lol, but I live in the second floor and I'm a little worried that all the jumping around with Insanity is gonna piss off my neighbors below. Are there any tips to make it less noisy? I'm going to let my neighbors know that between 5a-6a the noise upstairs is from me working out and hope they understand. Hell, hope they're still sleeping.

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