Is going to the Gym 2 times a day too much?

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    Jan 09, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    I just joined a local gym and I am trying to lose my belly fat fast and lose about 10 pounds over all. So is going to the gym two times a day to much.

    I am thinking of Cardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon or evening.

    Any help is much appreciated.
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    Jan 09, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    you can do what you like...when I was a triathlete we frequently double loaded: train before work in the morning and after work in the evening. If you are not already very fit you will end up tired fast.

    Also, if you want to gain muscle then 2 times a day is no good as your body is never going to get a chance to rebuild and grow.

    My advice...not knowing your background of training.. is to say start doing something you can keep doing. Once you have built up a base of fitness then HIIT is the fast track on fat burning (IMO, having done the cardio thing quite a long time), but it´s High Intensity, and therefore not the place to start.

    Make sure you have regular rest.. AT LEAST one day a week. If you don´t then your enthusiasm (which is great) will be short lived. And you don´t loose fat by short lived enthusiasm.
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    Jan 09, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    Cardio in the morning and weights in the evening is just fine. Your body has time to recover during the day and you should have enough energy for a good weight training workout in the evening.
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    Jan 10, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    That sounds a bit much to me, but depends on your goals. If you're looking just to get fit, I'd ask if you're sure you're not going to over do it? When I started working out I was going every other day and quickly found myself getting bored, so I cut back to a manageable three times a week, which was easier for me sustain and remain consistent about. For me, this made all the difference.

    If you are going to work out daily, make sure not to work out the same muscles every day, you need to skip a day to give them time to recover. The cardio part of it is perfectly fine on a daily basis, but you might want to consider mixing up what kind of machine you use to stave off the boredom.

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    Jan 10, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    I think that's a little much with the intent to just drop a few pounds. But hey, whatever the body can handle without the mind getting discouraged i guess
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    Jan 10, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    There's nothing wrong with two workouts a day, so long as you pay attention to what your body is telling you. I do weights during my lunch break, alternating through muscle groups. Then, in the evenings, I do my cardio. In regards to weights, I've found a "Monday I hit chest and shoulders, Tuesdays back and legs, etc..." doesn't work for me. Instead, I cycle (day one: chest and arms. days two: back and shoulders; day three: legs and abs, or some variation, making sure every muscle gets at least a day's rest; repeat), taking a day off from the weights not on a particular day or days of the week, but when my body says 'ughh...I kill you if you lift today.' On leg days, my cardio workout is less leg-intensive than other days...really, it's all just a balancing act. The bottom line is simply knowing your body enough to know when you're trying to do too much, and remembering to both feed and rest it liberally.
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    Jan 10, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    It's not too much if you're not too drained. If I have evening plans I will do weight training during the day, like on my lunch break, and cardio after work. But I honestly think that it just depends on your body. I also go to the gym 5 days a week sometimes 6 and people think that's a bit much.
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    Jan 10, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    Actually, it's a great way to burn fat, if you do cardio in the morning BEFORE eating.
  • DCEric

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    Jan 10, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    NakedDevil saidActually, it's a great way to burn fat, if you do cardio in the morning BEFORE eating.


    I've heard that, and I've also heard people say that is a myth. Can you show a link to anything that says which is true?
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    Jan 10, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    i wouldn't do it but thats just me.
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    Jan 10, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    The double workout is one of the small pleasures of life if you have the time. Over the holidays I did a "staycation" which allowed me to do cardio in the AM and lifting in the PM. It felt great, I had so much more energy and less stress. Wish I could do that everyday.

    My advice is try it out, see how your body responds -- but do take a full day off once a week to rest and let your body recover.
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    Jan 10, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    I did go back to the gym and it was okay. I ran out of energy fast. I need to start taking a energy booster before I go to help sustain my lifting. Plus it is a new gym and new equipment that I have not used before. So I am still learning my way around the place.

    Thanks for the advice. Anybody got a routine to help me lose my belly.



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    Jan 10, 2009 5:45 AM GMT
    When I trained for the Europa Super Show last year, I did 3-a-day workouts for 18 weeks, and dieted for 23 weeks.

    I did HIIT in the morning for 20 minutes. I lifted in the afternoons. I did HIIT and the hot tub in the evenings. Sometimes, I'd walk the shoreline late at night.

    It can be euphoric to be in a high state of conditioning. You have to LIKE working out, and it helps to have a goal, like a contest, or a certain weight, or a certain fitness level.

    It takes a love of being an athlete, and it takes a lot of discipline, as well as a ton of calories to train with such intensity and focus, but, that's what separates the men from the boys.

    Here's a picture of those 18 weeks, and some ice cream (which smoothed me out a bit).

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    What neophytes often don't understand is that it's not really work / a chore for an advanced athlete and that we do it because we love the way it makes us look and feel, and we love how we can manipulate our bodies via discipline, nutrition, science, training technique, patience, and time. We do it because IT FEELS GOOD.

    Twice a day is not to much, as long as it's not to much for you, and as long as it makes you happy and makes you feel well and the rest of your life doesn't fall apart.

    You can lose 10 pounds pooping and sitting in the sauna for 10 minutes, just FYI. It's not uncommon for a person to bounce around 7 to 10 pounds on a DAILY basis.
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    Jan 10, 2009 6:04 AM GMT
    Woah. Nice legs!
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    Jan 10, 2009 6:14 AM GMT
    I use BIC....LOL.

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    Jan 10, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    NakedDevil saidActually, it's a great way to burn fat, if you do cardio in the morning BEFORE eating.


    I've heard that, and I've also heard people say that is a myth. Can you show a link to anything that says which is true?


    From personal experience, it works. I did it about 7 years ago, and had mega-cut abs in a very short time. [see last photo in my profile]
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    Jan 10, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    Is going to the gym 2x a day too much?

    HELL TO THE NO!!

    You do what YOU feel for your body, just don't concentrate on one specific zone. I break my regime into a few workouts myself & stick to it for a few weeks....

    Legs & Calves- for about a month & ½; alternating with lower & upper back routines for another 6 weeks; cardio for 40-45 in between workouts & arms & chest are last. I keep a tight core with the exception of some ab-busting routines.

    Last but not least to say...,

    I keep myself busy with the gym to avoid the "gay dating scene" here. Too many guys with the typical games they play & the lies that are told. I have gained, so far about 4, maybe pounds of muscle.

    However, if you're gonna go twice a day, set aside a routine that best fits YOU.
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    Jan 11, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    The video quality is fine, but, the player just expands them to much.

    I'm sorry you're not better informed.

    I'm happy to email the originals to you, which are off the cell phone in QCIF format.
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    Jan 11, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    krush saidI did go back to the gym and it was okay. I ran out of energy fast. I need to start taking a energy booster before I go to help sustain my lifting. Plus it is a new gym and new equipment that I have not used before. So I am still learning my way around the place.

    Thanks for the advice. Anybody got a routine to help me lose my belly.


    What type of energy booster are you taking? If you need an energy booster to sustain your work out, then you are probably overdoing it. Listen to what your body tells you and it will help guide you. Some people work out better in the morning, some in the afternoon, and some in the evening. Do some experimentation to find out what's right for you. Be careful that you don't overtrain or injure yourself. I knew one person who would push and push and push himself until he got an injury, which would force him to take months off.

    Like others have said, make sure you get a lot of rest and keep yourself hydrated. Eating right is just as important as exercise.

    Ten pounds is a good achievable target - but it's the end result. Why not focus instead on overall health and eating right? The weight loss can them become a result and not the ultimate goal.
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    Jan 12, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    If you got a specific hill to climb ... or some goal you need that just won't cut it with your regular workout then I'd say yes
    A lot of the tri-athelon guys need to do it
    as well as some of the hard core body-builders
    but on a regular basis it isn't always a good idea
    You need to know how much energy you're expending on each workout
    and what body parts you are working on as well
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    Jan 12, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    A little over a year ago, I would be at the gym by 5am and do my lfiting routine until 7am. After work, I would go back to do my 45 minutes of cardio. I felt I had more energy in the morning and hardly felt tired in the afternoon. It's definitely not for everyone.