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Old 01-15-07, 09:09 PM   #1
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1 hour + 1 hour = 2 sustained training hours??

Given sucky weather, short daylight, and work schedule...I'm indoors. Question: does one hour before work and one hour after equal the training effect of 2 straight hours? Not including warm up/cool down and same level of effort. 2 straight hours on the trainer is mind-numbing and a scheduling pain for all those around me.
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Unfortunetely, they are not the same. It takes a different form of endurance to work for 2 hours straight as opposed to 1 hour. This applies especially to endurance sports such as cycling.

The one advantage the 2 workouts of 1 hours has though is that you generally can work harder for that shorter period of time then you would per hour for the longer workout.
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Yeah, two different kinds of workout. You can do 2 sessions of intervals or high-aerobic workouts in 1-hour each. That won't be the same as doing 2-hours straight, which is a short-endurance ride. And yes, warm-up time is a factor here as well.
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If you're slightly tired before your second workout does it make it equivalent to 1.5 hours then?
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Since exercise (as well as sleep) causes your body to release growth hormone, you can benefit from training twice a day since you will get a double dose of growth hormone. And if you take a nap and sleep, you can get your body to produce growth hormone 4 times a day. So ride your bike and take naps!
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