Double workout days

  • Danskerb

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    Feb 19, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    I was curious if it would be beneficial or anti productive to do a double work out in the day on the same body part.
    I did a chest work out this afternoon at the gym, and feel like adding some more before bed. Does this sound like a good idea, or should I switch and do something else before bed.
  • metatextual

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    Feb 19, 2013 6:04 AM GMT
    I don't see a problem with it, though I would probably do it a few hours before sleeping as working out energizes me.
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    Feb 19, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    you don't grow in the gym. you tear your muscles in the gym, you feed your muscles in the kitchen, and you grow when you sleep. You run the risk of over training.

    the only time I would see that working out again is beneficial is if you half-assed your workout the first time around. That's why each time you work out you have to give it all.


    also, if you want to workout twice a day, you might get more out of it if the second workout is cardio or something less intense.
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    Feb 19, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    aidenMaximus saidyou don't grow in the gym. you tear your muscles in the gym, you feed your muscles in the kitchen, and you grow when you sleep. You run the risk of over training.

    the only time I would see that working out again is beneficial is if you half-assed your workout the first time around. That's why each time you work out you have to give it all.


    also, if you want to workout twice a day, you might get more out of it if the second workout is cardio or something less intense.


    This pretty much. If you're really desperate to do 2 workouts, doing some cardio is a great option the 2nd time around. Your heart needs exercise too.
  • Flamesoul

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    Feb 19, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    So then, would it be okay to, for example... Working out in the morning at the gym, and swimming in the evening ? (I mean lenghts of course)
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    Feb 19, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    It's all about rest and recovery. You just need to give your body time to build back up after you've torn it down by working out. If you feel good, go for it. If you're feeling beat up, you should rest. There's no hard and fast rule.

    On a side note, I think it's funny that a lot of people think it's okay to workout after work one day and then in the morning the next day but not okay to workout in the morning and evening of the same day. It's still about twelve hours between workouts but you haven't slept. Your body could still rest/recover depending on what you did during the day.

    In short, don't focus on the time between workouts. Instead, focus on how your body feels.
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    Feb 19, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidIt's all about rest and recovery. You just need to give your body time to build back up after you've torn it down by working out. If you feel good, go for it. If you're feeling beat up, you should rest. There's no hard and fast rule.

    On a side note, I think it's funny that a lot of people think it's okay to workout after work one day and then in the morning the next day but not okay to workout in the morning and evening of the same day. It's still about twelve hours between workouts but you haven't slept. Your body could still rest/recover depending on what you did during the day.

    In short, don't focus on the time between workouts. Instead, focus on how your body feels.


    This.

    Sometimes I'll get through my weight training, and not really have much left in me to then go to cardio and abs...so I might come back later at night to do those. Don't see a problem with it.
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    Feb 19, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidIt's all about rest and recovery. You just need to give your body time to build back up after you've torn it down by working out. If you feel good, go for it. If you're feeling beat up, you should rest. There's no hard and fast rule.

    On a side note, I think it's funny that a lot of people think it's okay to workout after work one day and then in the morning the next day but not okay to workout in the morning and evening of the same day. It's still about twelve hours between workouts but you haven't slept. Your body could still rest/recover depending on what you did during the day.

    In short, don't focus on the time between workouts. Instead, focus on how your body feels.


    Well saying something is not "ok" is silly regardless..whatever works best is what matters, but when asking for advice as a newbie, there are usually pretty generally applicable guidelines.

    Your body will not recover effectively without sleeping first. Muscle grows while you sleep, for a lot of reasons. Working out before and after good sleep is 100% ok and not at all comparable to working out twice in the same day without sleep.

    I don't think anyone here said working out twice in a day is a bad thing in all cases, just that working out chest twice in the same day was less than optimal. If you do it properly the first time there will be no benefit to doing it again a few hours later, especially before sleeping.

  • chi_rock

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    Feb 19, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    If you are motivated to do double workouts in a single day, I would try complementary workouts, like back and bi's. Or you could bike, play tennis, run in one and lift weights in the other.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Feb 19, 2013 7:34 PM GMT

    I tried splitting my intense cardio in the early morning and resistance in the evening (with some interval cardio). It worked well in kick starting my metabolism. On the advice of a friend with a Masters in Exercise Physiology I do it in 2 on 4 off week cycles.
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    Feb 20, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    Don't work out your chest twice in one day. If you can do that, the first workout wasn't intense enough to actually do anything. I wait a little over a week before hitting the same muscle group intensely. You of course could do light weight or something. It's like working your legs with heavy weight squats and then walking the next day.

    If you're on roids, ask those people. You can probably recover way faster than me.
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    Feb 20, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    Brick/split workouts work if focusing on different muscle groups. As others previously mentioned, muscle groups need to recover from wear and tear, so give it a rest and focus on the lower body instead
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    Feb 20, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI don't recommend it as a way to perform more volume overall in a day's time. If you perform a workout and don't go over the recommended amount of total working sets for your goals and simply want to split it in half that can work well.

    At times I would simply split my workout in half which was convenient for those days when I had other commitments during the day and couldn't spend a whole hour and a half at the gym.


    I agree. A given workout routine done with one half on the morning and one half on the evening will actually be easier to recover a more beneficial than all in on session.

    The risk is to do too much, and transform 50%+50% into 75%+75%.

    For one year in my life a 23yo I used to train twice a day 4 time a week and once a day the reminding 3 days. Without taking any steroid but, hey, I was 23 and full of energy ;)

    For the OP : doing more one day because you feel like doing more is generally a bad idea. Fatigues is the limiting factor in any training.