What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise?

What's the Best Time of Day to Exercise?If you’re thinking that working out in the morning is better than later in the day because you’ll start your day burning more calories, you’re probably wrong. There’s nothing to suggest that working out in the morning compared to later in the day will burn more calories.

Working out in the morning can be difficult, maybe not physically, but mentally. I know that if I’m going to ride my bike to work in the morning, I’ll set my alarm for a half hour earlier than I normally get up, just so I can stretch and psych myself up for the morning commute via bicycle rather than car.

This is one reason why I prefer working out later in the day: I’m already awake and feeling good. I have to strike a balance though, because the later I postpone exercising, the greater the chance that I grow more tired and ultimately put off exercising all together.

On the other hand, working out first thing in the morning gives you the motivation to “be good” throughout the day. If you start your day off exercising, you might be more inclined to make better food choices knowing how hard you had to work to burn off those calories.

However, another advantage to working out later in the day compared to first thing in the morning is you may not have to warm up for as long. Joe Rogan said on one of his The Joe Rogan Experience podcasts that he warms up for about an hour before exercising in the morning because his body hasn’t had time to stretch yet. This makes sense but seems excessive to me, because I don’t even exercise for an hour, so warming up for an hour seems crazy! Then again, I’m not a savage like Joe Rogan is, though I do like to pretend I am.

Something to keep in mind is that if you workout later in the day rather than the morning, your body has stored enough energy throughout the day to help you power through your workout. Exercising first thing in the morning could deplete your body of any energy that you had stored up, leading you to crash or give up half way through your routine.

At the end of the day, it’s personal. Workout when you have the motivation to do so, and exercise when you have the time to do it. The important thing is that you’re exercising and not putting it off for tomorrow. Just ensure that you’re getting a proper night of sleep, you’re eating a well-balanced diet, and that you’re warming up beforehand to prevent any unwanted injuries.

The Ultimate Steel Mace Workout

The Ultimate Steel Mace WorkoutThe problem with owning exercise equipment like a steel mace  or a steel club is that workouts are a little hard to come by. You can’t exactly stream this stuff over Netflix, so you’re left with ordering obscure DVDs over the internet that may or may not be what you’re looking for. Because these DVDs don’t sell high volumes, the cost of them is often higher than you’d pay for something like The Avengers on Blu-Ray. Of course there’s always home-made YouTube clips of guys swinging around steel clubs, but the production leaves a lot to be desired.

What Onnit has done is taken the next logical step in its fitness empire. The company is not only bringing steel maces and steel clubs to the masses, its now also providing the workout routines so you can make the most of this equipment. A smart move, I thought, but what I like even more is the delivery method. Gone are the days of physical media, either in the form of a video tape or disc. No longer will you have to wait days or weeks for your video to arrive in the mail. Onnit is now offering digital downloads, the first of which is The Ultimate Steel Mace Workout.

The advantages to a digital download are plentiful. Pay for it, download it, and begin your workout within a few minutes. No waiting by the mailbox for your video to be delivered. Going on the road? Copy the video file to your laptop, tablet, or even your smart phone to take it on the road with you. Back it up to a USB stick and ensure you never accidentally delete or lose it. The workout can be with you wherever you go–indoors or out–and you won’t have to be tied to your television.

But enough about the format, let’s talk about The Ultimate Steel Mace Workout itself, which is hosted by Mr. Onnit, Aubrey Marcus. Aubrey has designed a workout that’s suitable for any skill level. Obviously, newbies will want to start with the lowest weight possible, and savages can go for the heaviest if they can handle it. Aubrey then puts you through an intense full body workout that pushes your cardio and strength to its limits, and then brings you back down with a yoga cooldown.

The video also features “extras” or bonus features in the form of videos that outline the history of the mace and techniques you’ll use in the video to ensure proper form. Priced at only $5, it’s cheap enough to take a gamble on if you own and use steel clubs. Don’t have steel clubs? Onnit is selling them right now at a 10% discount.

I haven’t yet purchased The Ultimate Steel Mace workout, but I’m definitely intrigued, and with Onnit’s track record, I’m sure it’s a quality product.

How to Do the Mountain Climber Exercise

How to Do the Mountain Climber ExerciseI’m a big fan of exercises that you can do wherever you are without the use of any exercise equipment. I’ve written before about this topic, including how to do pull-ups on a door and how to do hindu or body weight squats. Another exercise in the same vein is the mountain climber exercise.

Mountain climbers are a great cardiovascular workout and you only need about as much room as it would take to do a push-up. So really, you don’t need much room at all. You could do mountain climbers in your living room during commercial breaks while watching TV or even in your hotel room when you’re on vacation.

To perform a mountain climber, you start on the ground in the push-up position. You then bring your left knee up towards your chest, almost as if you’re running or climbing a tree or mountain, hence the name. You then bring the left leg back to its original position, and repeat with the right leg. Continue this running motion for as long as you can. For me, it’s no longer than a minute before I’m crumpled on the ground gasping for breath.

The mountain climber exercise targets the abdominal muscles and leg muscles as well. It also exercises your arm muscles as well since you’re supporting your body weight during the entire exercise. It’s not easy, but no exercise that truly works out your body and provides results will be.

Check out a YouTube video of someone performing the mountain climber exercise after the break.

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The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout 2 DVD Now Available

The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout 2 DVD Now AvailableI mentioned before about how badass Keith Weber’s The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout DVD is, but I haven’t yet had a chance to review it. To make me feel even worse about myself, Keith has gone ahead and recorded the sequel. It took months to prepare and even longer to come up with the name, but The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout 2: Exceed Your Limits DVD has just dropped, and of course Onnit has it up on its webstore.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Keith Weber has been described as “masterfully sadistic” and I’d say that’s about right. The first of these two DVDs is Joe Rogan’s favorite, and he’s been known to recommend it on his podcast, telling his listeners that one 35 lb. kettlebell, the original DVD, and 20 minutes is enough to kick his dick in the dirt.

The Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout 2: Exceed Your Limits DVD features eight new workout routines for you to pick and choose from, along with a warm up to get your body ready for the beating it’s about to endure, and two routines that target the core to give you a six pack like Keith is sporting on the cover.

Save 20% Off Onnit Steel Clubs, No Coupon Needed

Save 20% Off Onnit Steel Clubs, No Coupon NeededLooking at the traffic coming into this blog, I see that a lot of people are searching for information about steel clubs. I hope to do a review of Onnit’s steel clubs in the very near future, and with that review I’ll provide a list of steel club workout and exercise videos. But in the meantime I just wanted to let you guys know that Onnit is currently offering its steel clubs at a 20% discount. No coupon code required, you’ll see the discount is applied on the Onnit website before you add them to your shopping cart. I’m not sure how long this deal will last, so if you’ve wanted one or two and haven’t pulled the trigger yet, now’s the time.