If one workout a day is good, two is better, right? Well, maybe. Maybe not. After being in the fitness industry for over 20 years, I have learned that the first answer to most fitness questions is “It depends”.
Two-a-day training looks different for different types of goals. Are you training for a bodybuilding or physique competition? Are you training for an endurance challenge like a Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Marathon? Are you just trying to improve your level of fitness, stay healthy and enjoy the process? Since most people (myself included right now) fall into that 3rd category, let me share with you my favorite way to structure two-a-day training.
For me, the first workout needs to be lower intensity or cardio based. This could mean that I get up in the morning and go for a walk or a jog followed by about 10 minutes of stretching. It could mean I do a yoga class in the morning. Something that is going to get me moving, help me get a good stretch and get my day off to a good start. Later in the day comes the strength training workout. Forty-five minutes to an hour. Some weeks I split up my workouts by body part, some weeks I do total body. When I split my workouts this way, I feel strongest during my strength training. I feel like the early morning workout helps wake me up, work out some stiffness and if I am tired that morning, it’s ok because the workout isn’t intense. That’s the style that works for me.
Do you like to train two-a-days? What is your favorite split? I would love to hear your ideas. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Tony Maslan, Director of Personal Training