Fitness Friday: Three things for double workout days.

TGIF! I wish this weekend I was heading to the Alberta Adventure Girls retreat in the rockies! If you want to check out what a bunch of awesome ladies are up to this weekend, search #AlbertaAdventureGirls on Instagram! Such an inspiring group of girls and I can’t wait to attend to Edmonton-based weekend retreat!

Time now for a little Fitness Friday! In case you missed what this link-up is about, first of all it’s awesome and no further questions are needed… and second, click HERE. Obviously 98% of my blog posts are about fitness but this is a chance to write about fitness challenges, fun and awesome workouts, and basically talk about all things sweat-related.

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Yesterday when I finished 65 minutes of legs at the gym I did NOT have it in me to do another 30-45 minutes on the spin bike like I had on my training schedule. I decided it was going to be a double workout day and I could get my cardio in later in the day. I definitely don’t recommend doing double workout days every day but sometimes I get SUCH a better workout when I can focus on nailing two individual shorter workouts rather than half-assing one long workout. I have three things I do for double workout days.

1. STICK TO MY PLAN. It is reeeeeeally easy for me to skip the second workout when I get home from a long day at school or work. I know for a fact that I will feel so much better when I get that second workout in but the thought of going back outside into the cold or putting spandex on after dinner is sometimes enough for me to call it quits when I cut off half of my training day. As best I can (hey, I’m human), I stick to my plan.

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2. RECOVER LIKE I MEAN IT. An 8-12 hour window of recovery isn’t a ton of time, especially if you are doing intense workouts, but it is sufficient in most cases… that is if you do it right. I always make sure to take glutamine after my first workout for faster muscle recovery. I don’t know if I’ll ever know if glutamine actually works but if it’s a placebo effect I feel I will still take it. 😉

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3. STAY HYDRATED. I was continuously refilling my water bottle yesterday (and then peeing every 5 minutes) just because I knew that going into my evening workout would be awful if I hadn’t been drinking water all day. Double workouts = double water!

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When I teach spin, most often it’s a night and I still like to workout in the morning so those are three things I try to keep in mind when I know I’m going to be doing a second workout later in the day. Usually one workout is less intense than the other so that I am not completely crazy and going all out for each session!

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I am off to Airdrie today and then Lethbridge tomorrow morning! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and that you are NOT cheering for the Patriots this weekend. 😉 Oh, and don’t forget to join in the link-up!

Do you do double workouts? How often?

What is one thing you ensure you do on double workout days?

Weekend plans?! I want to hear them!

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11 Comments

  1. I double up twice a week as well. Mondays are a 10 mile run in the morning, and then group weights after work. Thursdays are usually a tempo run in the EARLY morning, followed by a group weights session at 6:30am.
    Usually by Thursday night I’m absolutely exhausted. haha

  2. I can’t remember the last time I ever did a double workout! Gone are the days where I have time to dedicate over an hour in the gym or working out. Enjoy it while you can! 🙂 And I mean that with all sincerity.

    So sad you can’t make it to the AAG retreat this weekend 🙁

  3. With my new plan, I do at least two double workouts a week. The second workout can be tough. I definitely wanted to skip my afternoon run this week. But I definitely focus on my recovery between workouts. Eating the right foods and water, so much water!

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