It is so hard for athletes to get up early and get their workouts in the morning. The biggest reason I encourage my athletes to get their workouts done early in the morning is that by getting them done early in the day, nothing else gets in the way of the workout. I know how easy it is to put off a workout, thinking you’re going to get it done later in the day, only to have other life commitments get in the way. A couple of tips for committing to waking up early to get your workout done: 1. Go to bed at a reasonable time every night. Staying up late won’t help you get up early. 2. Start your new early morning routine on the weekend, rather than Monday. You can always take a nap later if you’re feeling tired so go ahead and get up early! 3. Consistency. Plan to get up the same time every day, even when you’re not working out. You might even try waking up early (early enough to workout) for an entire week before you add in the workouts. 4. Find a buddy. It really helps finding another brave soul who is willing to commit to those early morning workouts. You will feel more committed when you know someone else is counting on you to be up that early too. 5. Last resort…. put that alarm clock or phone across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. While your at it, put those workout clothes next to your alarm so you won’t be tempted to go back to sleep.