Interrupted workouts

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 29, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    Every so often, I'm unable to finish a given workout. Most often, it's because I wasn't paying enough attention a few hours earlier and my blood sugar crashes, though it's sometimes happened because lines for equipment at the gym make it so that I can't finish in time before I have to be somewhere. When something like this happens, is there anything wrong with going back and finishing the rest of the workout a couple of hours later?

    I know the general advice is to rest a muscle group 24-48 hours before working it out again, but I'm wondering if this is an exception, given that I would have done it all at once had that been possible.
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    Aug 29, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    I've done that before. Not lately though. Sometimes my gym has random spurts and it gets insanely busy, on days when it's normally dead. I usually try to get at least one exercise in. And then I go home. And then I come back.

    I don't think you need to be so strict with the 24-48 hour rule. If you were unable to finish your workout to begin with, then your muscles aren't that exhausted.
  • PipHop

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    Aug 29, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
    I used to go workout/play ball twice a day sometimes last year on days I wasn't working and I never felt like the 2nd workout was compromised or not enough. I didn't do it over an extended period of time, but it seemed like I was making the same progress had I just done one.

    I read somewhere that most upper tier professional athletes gear up for their seasons by doing 2 a days, like back in high school. I'm not sure how you workout, but as long as you take care of yourself in between sessions, you should be able to get as much out of it as the earlier one.
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    Aug 29, 2009 10:32 AM GMT
    Personally, I probably wouldn't. I would be YAY for going and doing a partial workout, and then learn from it, and just rest up for the next day.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Aug 29, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    I was all wired up for my Friday leg workout a week ago, started to change - and then realized I failed to pack my shirt and shorts in the gym bag! Since doing squats while naked could have been very interesting, I nearly got a speeding ticket driving back home to get them, then flew back to the gym`.
  • D972

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    Aug 29, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    This used to happen to me until I learned that you can do most workouts without machines.

    Sometimes the equipment isn't available, so i just use freeweights to work out the same muscle group. You can buy a book that will show you the moves sans machine help. Supposedly its better than just using machines.

    This way, if the machines are taken, with the exception of maybe a leg press for your quads, you can still complete the workout.

    When this happened before Id just chalk it up and move it along.
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    Aug 29, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    working out in a really busy gym is definitely a skill, try working out in a college gym in the afternoon
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    Aug 30, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    I used to be pretty strict about finishing a workout if there was an equipment failure, and we all made it a rule to train no matter what. (This pertained largely to hangovers - and a workout is the Number One way to ease the effects of too much alcohol).

    But: if you're not up to it, you're not up to it, and a seasoned athlete knows that recovery is 1/3 of success (the other thirds are training and technique) - and taking the rest of the day off can sometimes make tomorrow's workout really good.

    Remember: if you train say, six days a week, that makes 312 workouts, and five days a week makes 260. What's half a day off in all that?

    More athletes go under from over-training than form the odd rest day. We all tend to be ambitious and to drive ourselves sometimes a bit too hard.
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    Aug 30, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidMost often, it's because I wasn't paying enough attention a few hours earlier and my blood sugar crashes


    You and me both

    a palm full Jelly beans or an energy drinks bring it back in a matter of minutes and can let you finish icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 31, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    Theres nothing more frustrating then a over crowded gym which is why its vital to know the layout of your facility. Long lines at the bench press can force u to be creative and go do something else that u wouldn't normally - so turn a negative into a pos.

    In terms of your sugar crash, try having a slow digesting carb (oatmeal, WW bagel and PB ect) about 45-60 b4 you hit the gym. This will give you sustained energy without spiking insulin causing a fast crash later.

    NO! If you had a crappy workout, walk away. You can't recover it and trying to do so will in most cases put u back in the gutter. Ask why it was shit, learn from it, and hit it again fresh later. Hope that helps.

    Peace!