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Old 06-09-2005, 09:54 AM   #1
Todd Learn
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I have been following the WOD on and off for the last 6 months and I am looking for some opinions on workout scheduling. I am a firefighter and work a 4 on 4 off shift. I am also an avid climber and skier. I spend most all of my days off rock climbing, mountaineering, or skiing. I have been doing the WOD on 3 of my 4 work days (with one rest day). Would it be too much (eg. overtaining) for me to do 2 WOD's per day, one in the AM and one in the PM? Since I do not do the WOD on my off days I find I am missing alot of WOD's that I would like to do. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-09-2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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Rest is critical to stepping up volume. The mantra here on the boards has become, "No such thing as overtraining, only underresting." You can explore this. What about adding another WOD and seeing how it goes? Do that a couple of weeks or more to get used to the extra volume and then consider adding another session.

Another option might be to do a WOD of your own design on a climbing trip. Use heavy rocks, take a DB (if cragging/car camping, for example) and jumprope with you, do burpees, whatever.

Are your sleep and eating habits in order? Make sure they're good enough to support the extra volume. Are you getting rest days? They're important. You mention following the WOD "on and off for the last 6 months". Why has it been on and off and not "on" only? Is it that your body says, "I need rest" and you're taking the days off from the WOD to recover from your other activities? Maybe getting it to be consistently "on" is a better start than trying to do that PLUS adding a 2-a-day (extra WOD).

Finally, check back in with yourself on your goals. What is it you feel is missing from your training? Maybe you can substitute the lifting WODs for the chippers if you feel your skiing and climbing are giving you what they do but that your strength is suffering. (But the chipper intensity is a great benefit...)

I spend most all of my days off rock climbing, mountaineering, or skiing.

Ahhh, bliss! I'm jealous!

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