Two times a day workout

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Posted: 02 May 2018, 14:39
Hi Yall

I go to the gym religiously 5 4-5 days a week at present. I do cardio and lots of lifting. I am considering going two times a day as of next week. Doing my lifting in the morning(4:30 am) and cardio in the afternoon after work (3:30pm) . Anyone else out there on 2 x a day workouts? Any advice before I jump next week?


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Posted: 03 May 2018, 04:00
I've considered that in the past, but haven't done, mainly because of the time commitment! But I often find that I have less energy than I'd like for my lifting after I've done cardio, so my guess is that you would get better workouts!!

My only thought is that you might consider doing it the other way around .. cardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon. The reason I think that might be better (and I am no expert .. would like to hear what others think) is that the cardio workout would effectively deplete your blood sugar levels and put you in "fat burning" mode until your next meal, and also probably rev you up for the day's activities. But, like I said, I have no real scientific basis for this.

Let us know how it works! And Good Luck!!

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Posted: 03 May 2018, 11:00
I had a trainer for about a year, weekly. The saying at the gym is "work smarter, not longer" meaning your results will be better if you have a solid plan that is accomplishing what you are trying to do. Using the monitors at the gym, I could get a 400 calorie cardio/weight training session in one hour, hitting both weight and cardio goals by measuring heart rate with a MyZone fitness belt. I guess I used to do a double workout day by walking at lunch every day and then either dancing or lifting weights 4 times a week. My advice is if you have the time, it's probably not going to hurt but find some way to make sure you have goals in place that are really being met.

Also important is nutrition, since weight loss is 80% what you eat and maybe 20% exercise.
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Posted: 08 May 2018, 00:44
Your body needs recovery between your exercise sessions! That is when the muscle builds and the fat burns - the sessions itself is you setting your body up and telling it and your muscles "this is what we are going to do". So make sure you feel a good "burn" while you are in session, but don't forget to let the muscle have a chance to grow! Your body keeps burning fat and growing muscle for quite a long time afterward (were talking hours and hours....), so it is not like it "stops" once you stop exercising.
Regarding cardio - depends how hard/long you do it, but from what I gather from the guys at the gym is (for fat burning) do it right after, 15-40 minutes each time. If you are training for a competitive run/marathon or something, the matter is different, of course, then the focus must be on running (as I prefer to hit the gym and am not a runner I have nothing for you there Smile).
So, I would also go with what abbadabba says - get a plan and stick to it. Eat well - you want to fuel your V6 engine (your body) with only the best fuel and oils or you will break it! It is quite important to variate the exercises as well, and sometimes it feels like it is a jungle and one does not know what to do and why. I found great info at

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Posted: 28 May 2018, 11:33
I’m joining this conversation late but I’ve been separating my lifting and cardio for several years. I lift for 45-60 minutes at lunch then do 40 minutes of hard cardio after work at 6. I tried doing cardio at lunch but found I couldn’t cool down fast enough to return to work. This schedule works well of me. It keeps me from overeating at lunch and keeps away the afternoon energy dip. Then a strenuous cardio session energizes me for the rest of the evening.

How you divide your days depends entirely on your energy cycle. I’m not a morning person and I have no energy or motivation to work my body hard before work, but if that works for you then go for it. My advice would be to do the exercise set that is most important to you at your highest energy time (i.e. Cardio for weight loss and stamina vs. weight lifting for strength and definition).
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Posted: 04 Jun 2018, 00:32
I swim every morning for about two hours. I am not on a wt. loss program, I do it for fun and good positive mental health.. I walk most days after dinner because it helps your body use the carbs you have just eaten and for BS regulation. I am also not diabetic. Time and distance and speed depends on whether I am by myself or go with friends. Just a good way to end a day.
Kenna Morton

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Posted: 04 Jun 2018, 09:28
I'd suggest weights as a priority and a long walk and HIIT cardio secondly. If you have the time and ambition to keep up the pace it should go well... if you don't hut yourself of course.

However, you can not out train a bad diet and you need to remember to rest your muscles so they can grow bigger and stronger! You need to adapt to the stress you put on yourself. Always beating yourself down is not the best strategy.

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