Last week I wrote about how great pre-breakfast morning workouts were for your fat loss goals.
Essentially, by working out in the morning before consuming any food you are exercising in a fasted state. This has a bunch of cool benefits which you can read about in that said morning exercise workout article.
Today I want to touch on what kind of exercise might be a good idea to consider for these morning workouts.
Under normal circumstances, recommendations would be to exercise at lower intensities for longer periods of time for fat loss results. The longer duration of such workouts may enable you to burn a greater number of total calories. Also, at higher training intensities the body preferentially uses Carbohydrates to fuel your exercise session. Whereas at lower intensities your body will preferentially use fat to fuel your workout.
So it is easy to see how the recommendation for low intensity but long duration exercise sessions for fat loss results has come about!
However, the rules get flipped upside down when it comes to pre-breakfast morning exercise sessions...
Because these workouts are performed in a fasted state, it doesn't matter how high the intensity of the workout is, as the body has no Carbohydrate stores available to use anyway. So ramp that intensity RIGHT up for these workouts, as your body will still have no option but to preferentially use Fat to fuel the exercise session.
Beyond that simple recommendation, you can get as creative as you wish with the type of exercise you want to perform during your morning workouts for fat loss.
Personally, I would suggest keeping things fairly simple when its early in the morning.
For good, honest, but simple, hard work... I think its hard to beat using battling ropes for a high intensity fat loss workout.
Here's a clip of me attacking some rope slams with some good intensity.