I'd like to do two strength workouts in the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With this goal in mind, what strategies can I employ throughout the day so that I'm as fresh as possible for the afternoon workout?
These workouts do not consist of the same exercises, but are all compound movements so isolating muscle groups is not viable.
Note: I'd like to keep answers focused on recovery techniques within the parameters of two workouts in the same day, and not address the motivation for doing this workout plan. I'll provide my personal motivation for choosing this schedule, but I don't think the answers should be specific to this.
I'm currently doing a weekly Texas cycle, and my "work day" is long (and intense), including 6-8 work sets each of squat, deadlift, bench press, and press (a new addition). Splitting this up is easier on my energy and intensity level, my focus and my schedule. A split day seems to be common among "pros" but isn't usually recommended for the rest of us, since we don't have the luxury of spending the whole day at the gym. I happen to work at home with flexible hours and have a home gym, so I can actually do this.
- Morning: Squat, Press
- Afternoon: Deadlift, Bench