We hold boot camps at my training center every morning at six am.
And you can be SURE that whoever is leading the group – whether it be myself or another FVT trainer – is bringing the energy EVERY time! This is one of our core values, and it’s SO important for giving our campers a great experience.
But, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case with everyone IN the group. So this got me thinking …
If you want to get the most out of your workouts, as my crazy trainer friend of Workout Finishers fame Mike Whitfield would say, you have to make your workouts an EVENT. You can’t just roll out of bed at 5:45, throw your workout clothes on and walk out the door for a 6 am boot camp – and expect to get much out of it. You need a pre workout routine to get yourself both mentally and physically ready. Here are three tips to get you started:
Three Keys to a Killer Pre Workout Routine
1) Get metally ready
I notice when 1) folks workout early in the morning and are tired/groggy/un-focused/etc. and 2) folks burst in the door after work and get right to their workout … they’re not usually very focused during the workout and it ends up not being as good as it could be.
If you workout early in the morning, make sure you get up early enough and give yourself enough time to get ready.
If you exercise after work, make it a point to clear your mind and focus on the task at hand.
(BTW, if you’re a member of the FVT Platinum Coaching Club, I just uploaded a 10 minute meditation mp3 from Dr. Sean Cook to the member’s area – PERFECT for helping you clear your mind and getting ready for the task at hand.)
2) Have your pre-workout beverage of choice
I personally take Jack3d … it’s a pre-workout drink that has both muscle volumization agents and stimulants … and I LOVE it.
If your goals don’t include building muscle, you might not choose this particular drink. But I do think that some kind of mild stimulant – even a cup of coffee – is good to have before a workout to get you up. And there’s lots of research out there to back up the fact that caffeine before a workout boosts performance.
3) Have a plan
If you roll into your workout without a plan, you’re in trouble. You need to know:
- Exactly what your goals are
- Exactly what you’re doing THAT DAY to move towards those goals
That should include a specific workout – NOT just picking and choosing the exercises you like or feel like doing
** If you’re looking for a great deal on workout plans for almost any goal, I just did a massive update to the FVT C Club – check it out:
In conclusion, to get the most out of your workouts, you gotta get up for ‘em. Getting yourself mentally ready, picking your pre-workout beverage and having a specific plan are three great ways to do it. Go through the process I’ve outlined in this article for your pre workout routine and I can guarantee you’ll start making faster progress towards your goals!
Keep training hard, and talk soon -
Forest Vance, MS, CPT, FNC, RKC II