Working out 2x a day.

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    Oct 30, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    What are people's thoughts on working out 2x a day.

    Like doing Cardio in the AM and Cardio and Lifting in the AM. or Lifting 2 times...

    I'm trying to get off a plateau and change it up.

    Your thoughts are appreciated!
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    Oct 30, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    Lifting twice a day can be helpfull to get over plataeus, as long as you keep a couple of things in mind. First only do it for short periods of time, say about 4 weeks, no longer than 6 weeks. Second only workout one or two muscle groups a day. Third keep the workouts short and intense.Don't workout for two hours at a time, 30-45 minutes each workout, say one in the morning and one in the evening is plenty long enough. Fourth structure your workout so that you do the same exercises at each workout, but reverse their order in your evening workout. Fifth don't forget to get plenty of rest. Don't workout the same body part more then one day/week and get plenty of sleep. I often use such workout scheduals with clients who either have a particular body part thet is lagging or who have hit a plateau and are hiving trouple getting past it. Good Luck!
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    Oct 31, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    You're probably better off changing around the sets/reps/exercises you do rather than add another workout into the day. What is your current routine?
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    Oct 31, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    Working out twice a day is a default pattern when endurance training. Cardio in the morning, a different cardio in the evening. Other days are a one-shot deal with resistance training slotted for a single occurrence.

    What is your plateau? Fat loss or muscle gain? Simply doing more of what you are already doing will simply get you more of what you have now.
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    Oct 31, 2009 9:00 AM GMT
    depends why you are doing it... for me it spells overtraining and I vowed not to do it any more. So just beware...
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    Nov 02, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    1. The Plateau is fat loss. I'm still making steady muscle gains.

    2. Currently I do a variety of Cardio (running, elliptical, spin, kick boxing) 3-6 days a week for 40-60 mins along with lifting one body party of lifting, a variety of lifts combination of machines and free weights. (arms & shoulders, back, chest, legs) plus a little abs every time.
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    Nov 02, 2009 8:15 PM GMT
    I used to do it and it is detrimental.

    It will take a lot of effort on your part and yield very little results as it gives you no time to recover. You would be much better off making sure you have a solid nutrition plan (by plan I mean something planned out ahead of time) and to rotate cardio and lifting days in one fashion or another.
  • IMNXTC

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    Nov 02, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    What your doing now is what I did and I had great results.

    I did Cardio M, W, F - for 60 minutes. Eliptical, Running Etc. I lift 5 nights a week. I had excellent results Gaining Size losing fat.

    Heads up: Make sure you eat 5 to 6 times a day.

    1. The Plateau is fat loss. I'm still making steady muscle gains.

    2. Currently I do a variety of Cardio (running, elliptical, spin, kick boxing) 3-6 days a week for 40-60 mins along with lifting one body party of lifting, a variety of lifts combination of machines and free weights. (arms & shoulders, back, chest, legs) plus a little abs every time.
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    Nov 03, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    All comments appreciated.

    I have been working out for about 3 years solidly, lost about 50lbs, far better health and well being, Just trying to figure out how to do the next 50. My life tend to be pretty hectic, 2 jobs (totaling 70 hrs a week) So I plan for food as much as possible. (my desk looks like a produce department at work)

    Food goes like this:

    (run 2 miles)
    6am: Meal Replacement Protein
    (work)
    9am: Oatmeal and Green Tea
    10:30: Apple or Banana
    12:30 Salad with grilled Chicken and minimal dressing
    2:00 Banana or Apple
    4:30 Protein Shake
    (work 2nd job or workout)
    7:30 More Chicken and Veggies
  • tbone25

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    Nov 04, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    Grapefruit is a super food to add to your diet
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    Nov 04, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    I work out 2x a day. Typically lift for one hour at lunch time. Then, do 30 minutes of cardio after work before going home. Works well for me. The only problem I have with working out 2x a day is the front desk staff at the gym looking at me like "your back again."