People classify themselves by all sorts of things — nationality, gender, creed, Boston sports fan, etc. Personally, I identify as a morning worker-outer.

We’re a small but proud subset of society. Waking up early, we start sweating before most people even open their eyes.

Some may wonder why any sane person would want to get up 2 hours before they normally would, in the dead of winter, to go inflict pain on their muscles, but to those parties I respond the following: I work out at 6am because 6pm is happy hour, and therefore an inappropriate time to be in a gym.


When people ask how I stick to a morning workout routine, I look them in the eye, lean in real close and say “I WAKE THE F UP.”

“You wake the F up?” they reply curiously.

“It’s an acronym” I tell them. “I WAKE THE F UP. And now, so can you.”

How to be a Morning Worker-Outer: WAKE THE F UP

Step 1. Wipe the sleep from your eyes and the tears from your cheek as your alarm goes off at the ungodly hour you set it for.

Step 2. Avow revenge on the morning time.

revenge business

Step 3. Knock over everything on your bedside table as you fall out of bed like some sort of tranquilized animal.

Step 4Eat something. Food, preferably.

Step 5Then drink coffee.

Step 6. Hug. As in, start to feel the comfort of caffeine coursing through your veins like the warm, stimulanty hug that it is.

Step 7Ease into your workout clothes.

Step 8. Feet. Whats on them? You’ll need shoes if you’re going to complete this mission, soldier.

Step 9Undergo transformation from sleepy half-beast to more awake human.

Step 10Propel yourself full steam ahead out of the house and into the gym like the badass early riser you are.

And there you have it. You too will be a morning worker-outer if you simply remember to WAKE THE F UP.

Like every Thursday, this post is the electronic manifestation of me Thinking Out Loud.


Thanks Amanda!


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64 Thoughts on “WAKE THE F UP (Alternate Title: How to be a Morning Worker-Outer)

  1. Woo. A club I’m part of with you. Although I omit a few of those steps, I definitely comply with most- except the U-P sometimes happens 15 minutes into the workout.. oops.

    I find myself brain dead post work, working out and anything which takes effort.
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  2. Haha! I am definitely in the morning workout club…the earlier you do, the longer you get to enjoy the endorphins! On the rare occasions I work out in the evening, I can definitely notice a difference in the quality of my workouts- too much food in the system makes me feel sluggish. Aside from that, my motivation slowly dwindles throughout the day too!
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  3. I couldn’t have put it better than this: ” I work out at 6am because 6pm is happy hour, and therefore an inappropriate time to be in a gym” !!! Though my ungodly hour is 4am – yup – am crazy – but I am too tired come 4pm! Besides, seems like everyone’s co2 is all over the place at 4pm and that shiz makes me more tired so I would need more food and more caffeine and eventually the whole process would cancel out any benefits from working out in the pm…phew – now am done ranting…hugs! :)

  4. This is too awesome! Mainly because I love the Princess Bride.

    But also because as much as I classify myself as an ‘early bird’, (though I guess waking up at 6 isn’t the same as working out at 6) – and it isn’t always easy! Especially now that it’s still dark when I get up.

    One trick I found is that if I drink just enough water the night before, not too much that I have to go in the night, but so I’m bursting to get out of bed at 6? Perfection. Dangerous, but perfection.
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    • O.M.G i do that too with the water!! it’s a very fine balance- easy to mess up. and i know, now that its not getting light out til about 7am, its getting harder to wake up.

  5. Easier said than done for sure!! Love the story, it’s pretty accurate on days i don’t get enough sleep.
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  6. 😆 Fool-proof! I’m not a morning worker-outer, but I AM a morning person. I wake up at ungodly hours, but I chill at home instead of heading out to the gym. Gym comes later — around mid-morning. That’d probably change if I had to go in to work or school everyday, buuuuuut I’m kind of lucky to be able to work from home and come up with a schedule on the fly… so mid-morning workouts it is!
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  7. Bahahahaha awesome. I kind of want to add in another T or an H in there for Throw something or Have something thrown at you. Preferably your cat. That usually does the trick.
    I’m a morning work outer a) because I wake up early anyway and b) it aint gon’ happen if I wait till later. Nope.
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  8. Hahaha your reason for working out early is the exact same as my reason! When people ask why I don’t just work out after work I always say, “because that’s my wine drinking/yoga pants time!” Yay for early workouts!
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  9. I’ve actually worked out at all the times, well except really late at night because then I’m sleeping. My preference is on my lunch hour because I don’t have to wake up early to do it or try to fit it in late at night. My gym is actually connected to my office building, but lately I’ve been too busy to even take a lunch hour, so no gym time. :( Hence, the running on the evenings during the week and in the a.m. on my weekends.

    I like your acronym. You are one funny blogger. It makes me smile.

  10. I agree that early morning is best. My thought is if I get it out of the way early, then I can feel smug all day long that I’ve done it!! I don’t do it as often as I should lately, but I’m working to get back on track with that. Your post might just help me achieve that!
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  11. I typically work out after work, but I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who wake up first thing in the morning and get my workout in. It really would be a great way to start the day and know you got it over with. I’m thinking that once the babies arrive, I’ll get used to getting less sleep and being a morning exerciser will be easier. We shall see…
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  12. I struggle with waking the F up, for real. I work out after work to blow off steam and stress, but also because I stay up late because my body likes to be at peak get-stuff-done mode at bedtime. I have been getting up a little earlier to do some extra training the past month. My old job, I had to leave my house at 530 to make it in on time, so expecting to accomplish anything before that was absolutely out of the question. Man, I certainly don’t miss those days! Great post, love the new word stimulanty!
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    • Oh man- yeah if you have to leave for the day at 5:30am nothing workout related is getting done beforehand. Good thing thats in the past! I’m just so blah after sitting at a desk all day i’ve learned if i dont do it before work, it just doesnt get done.

  13. Charlotte, you are too brilliant for words…Just love it!!!!
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  14. Hmmm. I am a morning worker-outer for years now, but it still sucks to roll outta bed. I shall try your “avow revenge” technique. It may help me go deeper into Beastmode.
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  15. I’m a “morning everything-er.” Basically if I sleep past like 6:30 I must be really freaking tired. I do enjoy morning workouts because it sets the tone for the ENTIRE rest of the day, and hen it’s DONE and I have more time for activities like eating cookies.
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  16. I’m definitely a morning worker outer! I love to get it done before work because I would just be too tired to do it after!

  17. “I work out at 6am because 6pm is happy hour, and therefore an inappropriate time to be in a gym.” Yess! I’ve repeated these exact words to people sooo many times. Basically, I have plans after work. No one makes plans at 6am, therefore 6am = workout time :)
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  18. Loved this!!!
    I’m not a morning person but I am a morning worker-outer – every day at 5:00am!!! I usually just throw on my clothes (that I lay out before I go to bed) and get started. And, I fully agree – 5:00 pm is for happy hour -part of why I do what I do!!!
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  19. Oh jeez, this is brilliant. I need to feel Step 9 more often! Haha, I will think of that next time I WAKE THE F UP so I can turn into beast mode.

  20. I am a morning person and a morning work-out person. I am at my best early in the morning, and if I get a workout in early I feel more productive for the rest of the day.
    When I was working in Philly I was the only one with a car in my group of work friends and they knew if they wanted a ride to work in the morning that meant heading to the gym with me at 6am. It worked pretty well for all of us because it kept us accountable for actually getting up and out of bed in the morning knowing we had people expecting us.
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    • Ohh what a great motivator to get to the gym early! I agree- having workout buddies to keep you accountable is amazing. I find I get a bit of that by having the blog too!

  21. HA HA HA HA! I love a good acronym! My sister also practices this habit, and she swears it makes her more productive…since you both said I should try it, maybe I will (think about it one day).;)-Ashley
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  22. Charlotte this was hilarious!!!

    I have not been one of those morning worker outers for a while but this certainly inspires me :)
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  23. Hell yes! I wake the F up every morning and most days now, it’s just for my sanity before the boys wake up. I’ve always been a morning person…right after I feel the warm hug from my coffee. mmmmmm.
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  24. Loving the tips! I think I’m the only person in the world, though, who can’t eat or (definitely not) drink coffee before I work out in the morning. No bueno for me!
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  25. I am so not a morning person but I wish I was. I’ve tried forcing myself before but it just doesn’t work. I would need at least 2.5 hrs for enough time to workout, eat, shower which means I would have to wake up at 4am everyday. Eeewww.

    More power to you girl!
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  26. Haha I use the “WAKE THE F UP” method every morning. The most important part is that “stimulanty hug.” That, and half a nanner…sometimes 3/4 a nanner…but never a full nanner. A full nanner and I will full-on hurl on the elliptical.
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    • LOL yes to the 1/2- 3/4 nanner! The whole thing is too much first thing! I have to ease into the food, but not the coffee. I need all the coffee as soon as possible.

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  28. I am definitely a morning worker outer! I arrive at my CrossFit box 4 times per week at 6.30am ready to rock!
    I never find it hard to get up, who knows why, maybe I am a freak! But I definitely perform my best at this time of the day – and you have the evenings to just chill out!
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    • NICE! I love it, isn’t it the best feeling when you’ve gotten in a great workout by 7/7:30? And yeah I need my evenings to do blog stuff, see people, completely veg, etc..

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  30. I’d be a morning workout person if “morning” meant 9:30 am…. Ha, so usually I workout in the evenings and squeeze 20 minutes of yoga or cardio in in the AM if I have time. I definitely commend you 6 AM exercisers though!
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  31. It is as simple as that and yet so hard! lol! I work out in the morning, but more like a reasonable 8am, one of the perks of freelancing I guess. :) I wake up at 6 to eat oatmeal, and need a good solid two hours of digestion. I’ve always admired those people who could do 5am workouts. That’s tough!
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    • Besides for all the millions of other reasons to work from home, being able to work out after the sun comes up is a great one — that 9am hour is technically my ideal. Ahh a girl can dream :)

  32. I am not a 6am’er….probably because I don’t drink coffee. Being a stay at home mom affords me the time to workout around 10am when the weather is fine and I’m awake and digested. I wish I were an early bird and my days of sleeping til 8 are numbered because the big guy will be starting school before I know it.
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  33. Ha! Love it :) I am a former early morning worker-outer trying to get out of a very long spell of being an evening worker-outer and it is HARD transitioning back to mornings! I don’t know if it’s my age or the season or WHAT, I don’t remember it being so difficult before. But I know once I get there I’ll have much better workouts, I was made to workout first thing in the morning! Off to email your post to the bf …. :)
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    • Oh it’s SO hard to transition from morning to night and vice versa! I don’t know why that is — but if I had to go back to being a nighttime exerciser I think I would fall asleep in the middle of my workout class :)

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