Working out twice a day.

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    Jun 23, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    What's up guys?

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    What is the opinions on twice a day working out? i usually work out around 5:30 in the morning, 10 PM at night, and swimming if i find time in between.

    I work heavy hours too... but manage to always do the twice a day.

    Usually i'll do heavy weights and VERY light cardio in the morning. Then at night i go with a gym buddy and do heavy cardio, a little running, and light weights (More on the toning side, then strength)

    I was bulking for about 6 months. Now, i am on a cut and real serious about it. I've seen great results so far! and i only do the twice a day thing mon-thu and then do once a day fri and Saturday. That's not counting playing football or basketball.

    Is doing the twice a day too much? even if it's only for 4 days. I haven't felt too crazy sore afterwards or anything. I mean, i feel sore... but not like to the point where it's incredibly painful.

    What are some opinions on working out twice a day? icon_smile.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 23, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    Conventional wisdom would say that is too much but each of us has different tolerances. If you give the muscles time to recover, i.e. space out your lifting so a given muscle group is given 48 hours to rest, and I'm assuming your evening toning work doesn't strain the muscles, at your age, 22, you should be fine. Just remember, growth in muscle size occurs during the rest periods, not during the tear-down lifting period.
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    Jun 23, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidConventional wisdom would say that is too much but each of us has different tolerances. If you give the muscles time to recover, i.e. space out your lifting so a given muscle group is given 48 hours to rest, and I'm assuming your evening toning work doesn't strain the muscles, at your age, 22, you should be fine. Just remember, growth in muscle size occurs during the rest periods, not during the tear-down lifting period.


    True! on friday i usually am playing football. So i count that as cardio and let me muscles recover. Sat 7 sun are recovery days as well. Sat i usually do very light cardio and no lifting.
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    Jun 23, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    WHAT! That's just crazy talk! Oh to be young. I'm lucky to finish one workout and then it's hardly intense! Twice a day….pleeeeeeze! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
  • MrPeanut

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    Jun 23, 2014 9:35 PM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 saidWhat's up guys?

    My new question for the week icon_lol.gif

    What is the opinions on twice a day working out? i usually work out around 5:30 in the morning, 10 PM at night, and swimming if i find time in between.

    I work heavy hours too... but manage to always do the twice a day.

    Usually i'll do heavy weights and VERY light cardio in the morning. Then at night i go with a gym buddy and do heavy cardio, a little running, and light weights (More on the toning side, then strength)

    I was bulking for about 6 months. Now, i am on a cut and real serious about it. I've seen great results so far! and i only do the twice a day thing mon-thu and then do once a day fri and Saturday. That's not counting playing football or basketball.

    Is doing the twice a day too much? even if it's only for 4 days. I haven't felt too crazy sore afterwards or anything. I mean, i feel sore... but not like to the point where it's incredibly painful.

    What are some opinions on working out twice a day? icon_smile.gif


    My only question is what's your goal from working out that much? I'm not saying you can't workout twice a day, but it seems unnecessary and possibly detrimental to your current goals. But if it works for you, it works for you.
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    Jun 23, 2014 9:40 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidWHAT! That's just crazy talk! Oh to be young. I'm lucky to finish one workout and then it's hardly intense! Twice a day….pleeeeeeze! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif



    I know senior triathletes who make me look lazy with their training schedules. Of course they are not working a job so they have time.

    As for results in triathlons, the 55 and older guys often have the same finishing times as the 18-25 guys. Training experience can match youthful energy.
  • Uncharted95

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    Jun 23, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    Bad idea, you're just going to overtrain yourself and burn yourself out quicker. People who only work one time a day tend to overtrain.

    But if it's working for you then just go on I guess. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 24, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    Your routine seems quite intense. You maybe able to keep it up for some time, but eventually you have an higher chance (compared to others) to injure yourself.
  • blueandgold

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    Jun 24, 2014 1:07 AM GMT
    Plenty of professional and high level athletes work out twice a day. It is, of course, not without risk. Be sure you get plenty of rest, are properly hydrated and are stretching.

    There were points in the Army where I worked out like 8x a day, completely involuntarily lololol. If you're in proper shape, its not going to kill you.


    Someone made a good point about training at cross-purposes, however. If your short-term goal is lean muscle gain, excessive cardio is going to work against you.

    But I'm sure you're already aware of all of this.

    Good job, man! Motivated!
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    Jun 24, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
    Dang...I mean if it makes you happy then by all means do it! Don't you want time to wind down from the day at work though? Like read a book or watch TV? Or maybe I am just lazy icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 24, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    Once in a while I work out twice a day. Sometimes I just don't get enough the first go around. Or, I get bored or beast-like or something and go back to the gym to "get my fix".
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    Jun 24, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    Nebraskakid467 saidDang...I mean if it makes you happy then by all means do it! Don't you want time to wind down from the day at work though? Like read a book or watch TV? Or maybe I am just lazy icon_lol.gif


    TV?
    Ugh.
    I haven't owned one since 2002.
    It's a trap!
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    Jun 24, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Nebraskakid467 saidDang...I mean if it makes you happy then by all means do it! Don't you want time to wind down from the day at work though? Like read a book or watch TV? Or maybe I am just lazy icon_lol.gif


    TV?
    Ugh.
    I haven't owned one since 2002.
    It's a trap!

    LMAO yeah don't listen to me!
  • Yoganidrasana

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    Jun 24, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    I workout twice a day most days, sometimes more sometimes less. However, I only lift once a day. I try to lift in the middle of the day, do yoga at night, and sometimes in the late morning I'll do sprints and core work.
    Overtraining is not going to happen from only working out twice a day, honestly it's very rare that it happens at all. I wouldn't worry about you're schedule, if anything you should see results quicker than most people. You should probably just eat a little more to account for the extra calories you're burning and the extra strain on you're muscles.
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    Jun 24, 2014 3:02 AM GMT
    For sure twice a day for me also, like for last 8 months and its easy now.

    I lift hard in morning by gym near house at 7am before work 5/ 6 days, mostly 5 days and then workout some type of cardio at lunch 30/ 40 min at gym by office job. Once every three weeks or so i do 3 workouts a few days like 4 days of cardio as 3rd workout after work at 6pm. it all seems to work just fine. No issues with energy levels or anything.

    I find doing cardio at lunch forces me to reduce my lunch time to eat and indulge which i don't do anymore. It forces me to eat cleaner and for purpose at lunch since time is limited the food i choose now is for fuel and not for pleasure or peer pressure lunches with workers. Does that make sense?

    I notice much leaner look and definition coming easier.
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    Twice a day is NOT too much, as long as you can recover, and have the hormones, and calories, and training format to allow it.

    When training for a show, I'll train 3 times in a day.. Morning cardio, afternoon/evening lifting, and before bed cardio.

    Right now, I'm at 190# at about 8%. Still have a ways to go, but, after a triple bypass just 54 weeks ago, I'm going up a weight class, and I'm bigger, fuller, and..hopefully, leaner than ever.

    My body was getting stubborn so I bumped my calories up a bit and increased my intensity. That's worked well before.

    If you are older, and not juiced (being honest here), you won't be able to recover in the same way you were when you were 20. However, because I'm in my 39'th year of lifting..., I seldom get muscle soreness, and... haven't for the last 15 years, or so. I have to really, really, push it to get sore.

    My medical team told me to compete again in masters this year, and they are extremely pleased. Quoting Dr. S, "Damn! Look at you!" He had to show me to one of the executives from Baylor Health, lol.

    You're welcome to check me out on Facebook for the most recent updates.

    Twice a day is actually much more effective for metabolic activation / fat reduction, and...as an anti-depressant. The physical activity is vastly more effective than any anti-depressant med, and, daily activity should be part of everyone's life.

    If you aren't feeling spent, feel free to train twice a day. The body adapts.

    I can't emphasize enough the importance of an abundance of calories to sustain all that activity.

    You'll like experience some peaks and valleys as you go along. That's normal. Your body will let you know when you need to eat more; take a day off; change your methods; listen to it.
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    yankeeswin saidFor sure twice a day for me also, like for last 8 months and its easy now.

    I lift hard in morning by gym near house at 7am before work 5/ 6 days, mostly 5 days and then workout some type of cardio at lunch 30/ 40 min at gym by office job. Once every three weeks or so i do 3 workouts a few days like 4 days of cardio as 3rd workout after work at 6pm. it all seems to work just fine. No issues with energy levels or anything.

    I find doing cardio at lunch forces me to reduce my lunch time to eat and indulge which i don't do anymore. It forces me to eat cleaner and for purpose at lunch since time is limited the food i choose now is for fuel and not for pleasure or peer pressure lunches with workers. Does that make sense?

    I notice much leaner look and definition coming easier.


    +1

    You're dead right. Metabolic optimization.

    Really getting serious about using science to manipulate our bodies can't have a serious discussion about talking about the views we take on food.
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidYour routine seems quite intense. You maybe able to keep it up for some time, but eventually you have an higher chance (compared to others) to injure yourself.


    That's nonsense. Training intensity / frequency doesn't lead to injury. Poor form, poor method, and getting too dry can lead to injury. More training, done properly, decreases the chance of injury.

    If one lifts a bunch, post workout stretching (never stretch a cold muscle) is a must.
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
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    eb925guy saidWHAT! That's just crazy talk! Oh to be young. I'm lucky to finish one workout and then it's hardly intense! Twice a day….pleeeeeeze! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif



    I know senior triathletes who make me look lazy with their training schedules. Of course they are not working a job so they have time.

    As for results in triathlons, the 55 and older guys often have the same finishing times as the 18-25 guys. Training experience can match youthful energy.


    Folks watch my method, and they're amazed. I'm 5'5" and have nearly 20 inch arms, and when they see me doing kickbacks with 10's...they get a weird look.

    Training smart is important.

    Adaptation is a remarkable thing.

    Talk to a cross country runner...
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    I do cardio (45min) as soon as I get up in the morning and weight training (60min) in the evening, before dinner. Works for me.
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    Jun 25, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    I usually do this when a long weekend is coming since the gym will be closed. I train one muscular group in the morning and then a DIFFERENT one in the evening.
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    Jun 28, 2014 6:15 AM GMT
    It may be a little too much but we are all different right? I could not do that. My fat ass would die within the second workout! Good for you! icon_smile.gif
  • kew1

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    Jun 28, 2014 8:38 AM GMT
    Training at those hours, how much sleep are you getting?
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    Jun 28, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
    Twice a day? Loll. Who has that kind of time? I'm lucky if. It get one
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    Jun 28, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    I love the twice a day training. It fits much easier into a spontaneous schedule. Sometimes I'll even do 4-5 sessions of 10-15 minutes each if I'm super busy with stuff (advantages of having a full home gym).