A gym buddy can benefit the morning workout veteran, too. Now that my friend shows up to the gym expecting me to be there, it makes me want to prepare us a cardio circuit and design an ab routine that will keep us both engaged.
Can't find a friend who's up for the challenge? Try signing up for group fitness classes, whether it's spinning, Pilates, trapeze yoga, or CrossFit (for the daring). The group setting and designated class time that you have to show up for both act as extra motivation. Plus, what better place is there to find a new gym buddy than AT your gym? Everyone there is also crazy enough to get up before dawn to sweat, so you already have something in common.
Enjoy your new morning routine
I'd argue that this is the biggest perk. While everyone else is just dragging their butt out of bed at 7:45am, I'm getting home from the gym and basking in muscle fatigue -- I've already accomplished SO much before heading to the office! Sure, waking up sucks, and I have to hit the hay every night earlier than most, but it feels amazing to have time to myself first thing every day. Afterwards, it makes me actually enjoy getting ready for work: brewing a big pot of coffee, blasting tunes while I shower, choosing an outfit (a sleeveless dress if I just did biceps curls). Instead of bringing yesterday's stress with me to my desk, I bring fresh energy and confidence.