By J. D.
For months now, Rich and I have been doing “two-a-days” at the gym — two workouts, that is…one in the morning and one later that afternoon.
We’ve kept this schedule up without taking many days off, though now that it’s July and the heat and humidity can be brutal in Missouri, where we live, we have taken care not to overdo it.
That said, it occurred to us that prepping for both workouts has taken some planning. Specifically, we have to nourish our bodies appropriately so that we have the internal fuel for both workouts (which are pretty intense, as you can see in our videos), as well as ensure that our fluid intake is sufficient as well.
But not everyone can do two-a-days and frankly, those aren’t necessary to achieve the kind of results you may want. We just do them because we have so much content we’re trying to push out to our followers, it takes a couple of workouts a day to get all of it accomplished.
What does matter to your overall development, however, is the time of day you choose to get your workout in.
Most people are ‘fresher’ in the mornings, but if you’re getting out of bed and heading straight to the gym site for a workout, your body has already used up most of the fuel you put in it the night before — so that’s something to keep in mind.
If you workout later in the morning and have had time for breakfast (you should always make time for that, according to most dietary researchers), then your body likely has the fuel required to power you through a workout.
But if you tend to wait until the end of the day, there are some factors to consider, based on our own experiences: Fatigue, food/water intake, and weather/climate.
You need to ‘eat’ for your workouts, of course, but eating throughout the day can often make you a little tired by early-to-mid afternoon. Then, of course, you’re not going to be at your max alertness for your workout. You may have the fuel but not the same desire you would normally have in a morning workout. Plus, this time of year it’s hot, hot, hot in most places, so that’s something you have to consider as well: Fatigue and heat are not good combinations.
What does that mean? For us, anyway, we find ourselves needing to ‘prep’ mentally for afternoon workouts. It also means we need to prep our bodies by doing some extra stretching and taking some time to work out those kinks from sitting much of the day at our jobs.
If you workout outdoors much, and many of our Legionnaire heroes do — fire, police, EMS, military — then you may require some extra fuel intake to power you through that late afternoon workout.
The point is, it makes a difference what time of day you workout, as well as the number of times per day you get a workout in.
Here at Survival Legion, helping you achieve your peak fitness objectives that will help keep you injury-free as you work to protect and serve our communities and country is our number one objective. So it’s important for you to consider various factors when deciding what is the best time of day to work out as well as the frequency and intensity of those workouts.
Be safe out there, and don’t forget to check out our various workouts here.
J. D., a former paramedic, firefighter, and 15-year military veteran of OEF, is co-founder of Survival Legion, a vet-owned company that stresses functional fitness and draws it’s uniqueness from the Roman Legions.