How to Conquer Those Early Morning Workouts


  1. Drink a cup of coffee: this caffeine will give you an energy boost to help you power through your workout. You may also want to eat a little snack to make sure you don’t get light headed and faint
  2. Set your clothes out the night before: Having clothes set out next to your bed will make sure you don’t waste any time in the morning looking for a pair of socks, favorite sports bra, etc
  3. Make it a date: schedule your morning workouts with friends so you are less likely to bail because you are too tired or just don’t feel like it
  4. Personal Trainer: having a personal trainer there to hold you accountable for your workouts could be key to never missing that morning workout before work
  5. Boost your metabolism: working out first thing in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and allows you to burn more calories throughout the day

Trainer Spotlight: Darius Johnson

Meet Darius: Denver GAIN Trainer whose fitness does not stop at the gym.


Why did you become a personal trainer?

When I was growing up I loved playing all kinds of sports and have always been very competitive. I soon learned that if I paid close attention to my fitness and nutrition this could help boost my athletic performance. I always had great experiences with my strength and conditioning coaches and I knew that the impact they had on me, I would like to have on others.


B.A. Exercise and Sports Science – Western State Colorado University

Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist – NASM

TRX Tactical Level 2

Favorite way to stay fit:

I really love working out with my clients because they end up enjoying it a little bit more because they appreciate that I’m working out with them. But I enjoy multiple forms of exercise and in a variety of settings.

Motivational Quote:

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Typical Breakfast:

Most of the time, for breakfast, I eat oatmeal with brown sugar, raisins, and coconut shavings.

Guilty Pleasure:

I love me some Pound Cake and BBQ Ribs!

Favorite way to stay fit on vacation:

When me and my family take vacations we always try to plan something that involves physical activity like a hike. A couple weeks ago we stayed in Glenwood Springs, here in CO, and we hiked to Hanging Lake. It was so beautiful and so worth our time.

If you had to choose only one piece of exercise equipment to use, what would it be?

I would easily answer that with the TRX. The TRX allows you to exercise in practically in any environment. Outside, at home, in your gym, and in your hotel room if you travel, are all great places that you can efficiently get a great full-body workout with the TRX. And if you use it correctly by managing the amount of rest time in between each exercise, you can accomplish get a great workout in a small amount of time.

Cardio or Weights?

I prefer resistance training if I have to choose one. However, both are absolutely necessary for me to maintain my fitness level.

Which fitness myths bother you the most?

“Can you help me lose fat only in my butt?” There is no such thing as “Spot Reduction.” Even a woman that is pregnant will tell you how she got to a point where her wedding ring couldn’t fit. When you gain weight you gain it everywhere and when you lose weight you will lose everywhere also…

Favorite part of your work:

Honestly, the favorite part is that I can really have a lasting positive impact on someone’s life that could benefit them for the rest of their years.

In June, I participated in NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialist Workshop. And a book I recently read that I would recommend to anyone even current trainers, Fitness or Fiction written Brent Brookbush. Look that guy up online he is a super stud!

Favorite meal to cook:

Salmon, Asparagus, brown rice. Easy and quick to make and very nutritious.

Favorite place to workout:

I love 24 Hour Fitness because there are so many people in there that care about their fitness and it is wonderful to be in an environment like that, at least I think so.


Want to train with Darius? Email for an introduction!

Top 5 Reasons Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga


  1.     Improves flexibility: practicing yoga will allow your over-worked muscles to lengthen and become more flexible. The yoga poses target muscles that are not used in conventional cardio routines
  2.     Points out faults: practicing yoga will help you to grasp a better understanding of your body and where you are strong and weak, over-stretched and under-stretched
  3.     Prevents injuries: the strengthening, lengthening, and stretching of muscles during your yoga practice will help you to prevent overuse injuries
  4.     Tones and strengthens your body: the unconventional poses in yoga enhance your overall physique through the endless strengthening poses
  5.     Increases muscle endurance: poses can be held for several seconds and are repeated throughout your practice. With a lot of focus on the core, muscles are strengthened to improve your form in your respective sport.

Still not convinced to practice yoga? Stanford’s director of football sports performance, Shannon Turley, has his players take yoga classes regularly to work on balance and flexibility. According to the New York Times, Turley used yoga to condition Stanford Football Players and reduce injuries by 87%. Combining strength training, flexibility and stretching is the perfect recipe for injury prevention among athletes.

For real trainer tips and to build your own yoga flow, visit GAIN Yoga and stay tuned for GAIN personal trainers in your area that specialize in yoga for athletes!


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Firecracker Workout

Ready to fire up your workout routine in preparation for 4th of July weekend? Try our GAIN Fitness Firecracker workout to start your holiday weekend off on the right foot, literally. We designed this quick, high intensity workout so that you can squeeze it in before the weekend festivities take over. (Plus, a sneak preview of what our new service has to offer…stay tuned for more!)


1-leg, 1-arm Stiff Leg Deadlifts (15x each side)

Burpees (15 reps, push-up at bottom)

Ab Plank (hold for the amount of stars on the American Flag (in seconds, that’s 50!))

Bodyweight Jump Lunge (15x each side)

One push up for each of the original 13 colonies

(repeat five times)


Good luck! And have a happy and healthy 4th of July weekend!