For some student-athletes, getting out of bed for a mandatory early morning workout in the off-season is more difficult than the actual training session. If you are one of those slug-a-beds, consider a new alarm clock, which promises to make you work until you are wide awake.
The Shape Up Alarm Clock Dumbbell, manufactured by Fred and Friends—the same people who brought you the finish line door mat—is designed to get you out of bed and make you break a little sweat in the process.
Weighing roughly four pounds, this durable digital clock wakes you up with a loud, high-pitched beeping sound. However, instead of hitting a snooze button to discontinue the beeping, sleepyheads must perform 30 Dumbbell Curl repetitions, in any style, to turn off the alarm.
Admittedly, the Shape Up Alarm Clock Dumbbell has few if any physical benefits. But being active first thing in the morning does increase your metabolic rate throughout the day. Also, early morning physical activity creates a proper mindset, preparing you to train hard later in the day.
On a purely practical level, the Shape Up Alarm Clock should get groggy student-athletes out of bed earlier and help them stay out of coach's doghouse by showing up on time for morning workouts.
The product is available online, including at sportsgifts.com.
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