What I mean by splitting up a workout is, say you had to run 5 miles today. You did 2.5 in the AM and 2.5 in the PM, or however you want to split it. Or maybe you do two workout DVDs and decided to split that up, one in the morning and one in the evening.
Do you consider splitting the workout like that, still as an intense or challenging workout? Or do you think splitting it up isn’t quite as challenging?
I have mixed feelings on it. On the one hand, I don’t think splitting up a run is very beneficial, especially if it’s part of a training program. If you have to run 5 miles that day (or 8, or 10 or whatever), I think it should be done in one shot. You can’t really build endurance or strength by splitting the mileage. At the end of the day you only end up with a number and not the experience that goes along with it.
Workout DVDs? I’m not sure. And this is what prompted the discussion. This morning I did an arm and leg workout with Jackie. I wanted to do Yoga Meltdown after that but I didn’t have time. I plan on doing it this evening before I settle down for the night. Am I still getting a challenging workout in today? I think so though I admit that I don’t really like splitting it up!
I would rather have it all over and done with! However we have to pick and choose our battles right? I needed extra sleep this morning, therefore my workouts have to get split up. I’m okay with it though it’s not really my preference.
What are your thoughts on splitting up workouts? Do you do it? Do you try to avoid it? I’m curious to know other people’s views on the topic.