It was a random Saturday morning during the summer of 2010 that completely changed my life for the better! On this particular morning I decided to do something that I refused to do for many years, which was get up early and go to the gym. I have always been consistent in the gym (during the work week) but I rarely worked out on the weekends with the exception of participating in sporting events. The reason? The weekend was my time off and more importantly, it was my time to sleep-in!!!
So what changed?
I had recently fell in love with Kickboxing however I had a hard time fitting the classes into my already jam packed schedule. Then, the night before (Friday), my plans fell through, which meant I actually got to bed at a decent time. Suddenly I found myself wide awake at 7am on a Saturday morning feeling well rested and eager to take on the day. I checked the Kickboxing schedule and saw there was an 8am class. So after a quick mental battle between going back to bed or getting up, I decided I was going to do something different. I got up and went to my first early Saturday Morning workout and my life was never the same again!
Why was this particular Saturday morning workout life changing?
A typical Saturday morning for me usually consisted of sleeping-in anywhere between 8:30am and 10:00am depending on what I did the night before. Then once I got up, I would just “lounge around” the house doing a whole lot of nothing and it would usually be sometime after-noon (1 or 2 pm) before I did anything remotely productive. However on the Saturday of my early morning workout, I worked out, made breakfast, and cleaned the entire house all before 11am. Not only did I get way more done, I had a ton more energy. The entire day was amazing, I felt as if I had just unplugged from the Matrix and finally saw the world as it was supposed to be, I felt ALIVE, instead of feeling lazy and lethargic like I did most Saturdays.
Unfortunately, a lot of people still hold on to the “Saturday and Sunday are my time to sleep-in” mindset and because of this, they are extremely hesitant to workout on their “days off”. And this is a damn shame! Because an early morning workout on your day off just might be the most important workout of your week!
Reasons why (early morning) weekend workouts are life changing:
- Wakes you up! – The hardest part about an early morning workout is getting your ass out of bed. But once your workout is complete, you feel absolutely amazing. Not to mention you will have tons of more energy, which allows you to make the most of your day off instead of waisting yet another weekend “lounging around”.
- Reduces stress – Sure, all workouts reduce stress, but this is not just any day, this is your day off! So working out first thing in your morning is a great way to shake off the stress of the work week and to also free up your mind to enjoy your weekend!
- Forces you to make smarter choices the night before – This is like killing 2-birds with one stone. If you commit to an early morning workout, you might think twice about mindlessly staying up late or having a few too many drinks.
- You have the time – Most people are extremely busy during the weekend however you can usually find time for yourself in the morning before the rest of your family gets up!
I am challenging you to complete just 4 workouts over the next 30-days. That’s it just 4!
How it works:
On either Saturday or Sunday you need to complete your workout before noon. Post your workout on Facebook and use the hashtags #GarettRenonTraining and #WeekendWarrior.
What if you can’t get to a gym?
If you can’t get to a gym you can read this (for some ideas) or go for a 20-min jog around the neighborhood and then set a timer for 20-mins and do As Many Round As Possible of:
- 10 pushups
- 10 Squats
- 20 jumping jacks
- 20 mountain climbers
- 20 walking lunges
Complete 4 early morning weekend workouts over the next 30-days. After the 30-days you can thank me for changing your life 😉