Monday, April 30, 2018

Two-a-days

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I've ranted before about the adrenal-ruining over reaching that workout modalities like CrossFit tend to gravitate towards. I see it all over the place in my social media feeds. Their algorithms figured out I'm a gym rat and they keep advertising all kinds of silliness to me. (Don't even get me started on the new F45...)

One thing that I used to see a lot in that community was a bunch of the super type-A personalities doing two-a-day workouts. Maybe if you're a games competitor you should do that, or at least you're probably fit enough to be able to withstand a two-a-day. But Jane soccer mom shouldn't be coming in for two workouts a day. Or doing a metcon followed by some "oly".

If you've learned anything about #lazystrong and the AGT-style of being nice to your mitochondria, then you already know that if I'm against a glycolytic-sweat-angel-acid-bath workout every day, I'll be against two of those a day even more.

Last week, I noticed that Jackie came in to the noon Hardstyle S&C class and then I saw her wonder into my class in the evening. I was about to yell at her for a two-a-day and she told me that she just had so much energy that she had to come back for a second workout.

One thing that I don't post a lot about with regards to AGT is that the protocol allows for many bouts of exercise a day. Usually separated by 30 minutes or more. Since AGT is easy on your mitochondria, you can recover pretty quickly from it and get multiple (effective) training session in during a day. Since both the Hardstyle and the regular S&C class are both AGT heavy, Jackie was actually able to take advantage of the multiple workouts a day without hurting herself.

How do you know if you can do multiple workouts? Are you itching to get into the gym because you feel good and you have energy to burn? Or are you itching to get into the gym because you feel anxious that you need to keep up with your neighbor by getting more work? One of those is sustainable and good for you, the other will burn you out.

Long live #lazystrong.



Today's Workout

with a barbell:

press 5-3-3-3x3
2 TGUs between sets

then, with a kettlebell:

snatch 5x(2+2) heavy
double front squat 3x5 light
press 3x(5+5) light 
dead stop double clean 5x5 medium