Two A Day Workouts?

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    Jul 21, 2008 12:00 PM GMT
    Guys, help!

    I am putting on mass getting up to my goal of about 15 more pounds. Normally, I lift in the mornings.

    My question:
    Is there any value in shifting to two-a-day workouts and, if so, is it:
    lift in the morning AND lift in the afternoon or a combo of lifting and aerobics?

    Any overall thoughts? Or ideas on what the routine might look like?
  • arielanatole

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    Jul 21, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    I tend to lift in the morning and do my cardio in the afternoon or early evening. It has worked well for me, I picked up the habit when I was trying to gain weight. At the time I just couldn't eat enough to allow myself not to gain properly. Splitting the workout day as like I did gave me more time to add the calories I needed into my daily diet.

    Hope this helped.
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    Jul 21, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Recently started a two-a-day approach for 3/5 of the workout days each week. Been very effective at mass building and simultaneous leaning (for the obvious reason that you're metabolism is jacked up for a much larger proportion of your waking hours). Couple of things to keep in mind:

    1) You'll probably get better muscle results with a resistance/resistance approach rather than a resistance/cardio split each day.

    2) You'll be subconsciously tempted to reduce your training intensity because, after all, you'll be back later in the day. Don't. Working twice as long at only 70% of your capacity won't build much muscle.

    3) Train the same basic muscle groups in both sessions each day. But there's no reason to do the same routine. I like to do olympic lifting in a morning session followed by a more typical training split in the afternoon. If you're supersetting or using other approaches to maintain intensity over two sessions per day, you really shouldn't need to do as much cardio as before.

    4) If you can make the time in a day for two training sessions, then you can make the time to add additional rest--ideally with a nap or two between training. You should also adjust the frequency of training each muscle group or chain to account for the increased daily volume. The intensity of demand on your central nervous system should also be taken into account, unless you're just doing simple, isolation, single-muscle exercises all the time.
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    Jul 21, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    About a year ago I would wake up at 430a, be at the gym by 5a, lift and do abs until 715a, and then return after work to do cardio for an hour. I didn't notice that much of a difference in muscle mass, however I did noticed that I had more energy.

    I'm curious to see how a 2 times a day workout has worked for others.
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    Jul 21, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    Guys - great advice! Thanks much.