How To Become A Morning Person

All successful men are morning people, if you’re serious about getting your life in order, waking up early is a must. After a life of laziness and waking up at noon on Saturday this can be difficult at first, but the key to it is simple, make a decision and follow through.

In College I would wake up at 1, drag myself to a class, and feel groggy and guilty all day because my circadian rhythm was shot. Ever since I became a morning person I’ve noticed massive increases in productivity, energy and mood, it’s a great feeling waking up at 6 am on a Sunday knowing you’ve got a head start over everyone. Here’s exactly how to become a morning person:

Initial Motivation And Commitment

  • Decide why you want to get up early and commit to yourself to it
  • Your commitment starts tomorrow

Make It A Habit

  • Getting up early is just something you do, just like brushing your teeth, it doesn’t require any more effort or motivation because you have no choice, you just do it
  • Don’t try and motivate yourself, you’ve already made the decision, just do it and don’t think about it

Wake Up At 6 AM Every Day

  • This includes weekends for the first month or if you’re really serious like I am, wake up at 6 AM everyday, forever
  • This is the perfect time to wake up to maintain your circadian rhythm giving you good clean energy throughout the day

Get Out Of Bed Right Away

  • This means sitting up right away and going over to turn off your alarm clock, no hitting the snooze button

Keep Your Alarm Clock Far Away

  • This means you need to get out of bed to turn it off, you don’t want it in arms reach because it’s too tempting to hit snooze

Go To Sleep At The Same Time Every Night

  • This includes weekends for at least the first month and ideally forever
  • I have a 2 hour window between 10 PM – 12 AM, this gets me 6-8 hours of sleep

Get Pumped Up

  • This means immediately after you wake up you go get the holy trinity of morning energy : water, a caffeine pill and aggressive music in your headphones
  • This gives you a you a big energy boost setting you up to take on the world, this is crucial because your mood in the first hour of waking up determines your mood for the rest of the day


  • Hit the weights, cardio or yoga first thing in the morning, exercising every day
  • I do 2 days of weights, 2 days of cardio, and 3 days of yoga
  • This gets the blood flowing, the testosterone pumping and will mentally put you in the right mindset for the day
  • Exercising in the morning also means that you can relax after a long day of work without having to drag yourself to the gym
  1. Hehe! i just recently became a morning person, after years of waking up around 11 to 12 pm, since my body is so used to clubbing. I thought it would be impossible to do, but now i wake up at 5 am, after couple of days your body adjusts. The first week was tough, but now is a habit. Good stuff!

  2. The main the I found to work for me is telling myself that I’m getting up when the alarm goes off. No ifs, ands, or buts. No snooze. No exceptions. If that’s the last thing I tell myself before I go to bed, I will get up when the alarm goes off 99% of the time.

  3. Great website! I love your no BS approach and practical advice on training/dieting.

    I’ve been doing IF for about a year and hit the gym 2 or 3 times a week. My eating window is between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm so I usually workout either at noon or early evening so that I can have PWO shake or a solid meal after my workout.

    I want to start working out first thing in the morning (7:00 am), but I just don’t like the idea of not eating anything until almost 6 hours after a strength training workout.

    What are your thoughts on the importance of having protein/carbs after a workout? And whenever you hit the gym first thing in the morning, do you not eat anything afterwards until noon?

  4. Awesome, thanks Jack. Sounds like you’re on your way, your routine is pretty similar to mine except for the fasted training in the morning. I’ve noticed absolutely no difference whether I eat six small meals a day, eat before my workout, eat after my workout or eat 6 hours later. The only thing that matters is the amount of calories and adequate protein. Not only that but I’m actually stronger in the morning, especially with caffeine. If I workout at night I will lose at least 1 rep off my personal bests. And yes I don’t eat anything until noon, in fact I don’t even get hungry until noon.

  5. Thanks for your reply Will. Sounds good, I’m going to try out fasted morning workouts starting next week and see how it goes. Have a good weekend.

  6. I was waking up 6. Them 7. Them 10. Them one friday I was to a party. Then… I wake up 13pm.

    It’s tough man. I need to vanish to wake up consisntely 6am. Or ditch all my social life.

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