Written by: Kayte Corrigan

You can train your body to wake up at the same time every day and you can even train your body to be ready to exercise at the same time every day, but variety is the key to seeing results.

This week HIPsters on the 90-day challenge were asked to add an additional 20-30 min cardio element for 5 days of their training. Adding 2-a-days, strength training in the morning and cardio at night or vice versa can push you off a plateau and see greater weight loss in a shorter period of time. A few rules of the wise can keep your 2-a-day workouts from beating you down.

  1. Separate your cardio from your strength training. If you are taking a 30/30 class, Kickboxing or Zumba in the morning, grab some weights or bands and do strength training at night. If you are taking High Intensity Pilates, Barre, or Yoga in the morning add 20-30 mins of cardio (jog, biking) in the evening. On the days you take Bag Of Tricks assess what you for your second workout, yoga is a great idea.
  2.  Allow for at least 6 hours between each session to give your body time to recover.
  3.  Stay hydrated!
  4.  Eat properly timed meals. It’s important to give yourself a recovery meal as well as a pre-workout boost. Also make sure you are fueling your body correctly. Junk food makes your workout junk too.
  5. Warm ups and cool downs for both workouts, stretching and/or foam rolling is a must.
  6.  Make sure you get 1-2 FULL DAYS REST! You need it for recovery.
  7. Listen to your body. If you are overtraining you will feel it in the following symptoms: decrease in performance, disrupted sleep, chronic fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, weakened immune system.

You can adjust your schedule to incorporate your 2-a-days with single workouts on off days. This is intense training schedule causes your metabolism to elevate twice after each workout so you can burn more calories at rest.