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PARROT REVIEW: Top 10 Hybrid-Workouts

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If there’s one question I get asked the most, it’s “can I have your baby?”.  The next most common is what do I feel are my favorite hybrid workouts for programs like P90X. These are both excellent questions that I do indeed have opinions on.

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Just know that Mrs. Parrot has very strong opinions on the former.

Back in the old days of 2003 when P90X was practically the only true contender for home fitness, hybrid workouts were limited to combining Tony Horton to your mothers old 20 Minute Workout VHS tapes. Thankfully times have changed and we are now swimming in a figurative ocean of workout videos. Thus in no particular order I present to you the top 10 workout hybrids as chosen by the Internet’s preeminent fitness guru.

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I promise I won’t let the power get to me. Now make me a sandwich.

10. P90X3 / T25
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I get it.  You wake up and by Odin’s beard you’re going to wrap this show up in less than 30 minutes.  But you still want functional fitness so you have the energy to whip the slaves at work.

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Pyramids don’t build themselves folks.

Enter Tony and Shaun.  One part functional fitness, one part total cardio.

The one thing I like is how seamless these two are.  You can do one day of Tony with weights, then alternate with practically any T25 workout.  The weights are not excessive in T25 so over-training is not a danger, and the cardio in P90X3 is not over the top so the overlap shouldn’t affect recovery.

9. BODY BEAST / MAX 30

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But wait Parrot!  I need more.  First, stop talking to your screen because I can’t actually hear you.  But I can feel you and I have the answer to what ails your soul…a no holds barred assault that swings to both sides of the pendulum: ruthless muscle training combined with cardio from depths of Hell.

Due to Body Beast’s almost complete dearth of cardio, feel free to alternate days of 1BB/1M30. Be sure to do the Max 30 strength days when they don’t conflict with similar muscle groups on either side.

8. Tai CHENG / BODY BEAST

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Yet another option is to fore-go cardio entirely.  Who needs it right?  The days of us running from Woolly Mammoth stampedes are things that maybe our parents had to contend with, but I’m fairly sure we’re cool.  So lets just get big.  The problem with being ONLY big, is that you’re not much use for anything else.

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Might be a good idea to let some air out of the tires before doing any upward dogs.

Throw a little Tai Cheng in the mix and your bulging “Beasty” muscles will gain incredible benefits like, uh…being able to scratch your own back.  Because if you’re not flexible, you’re just a big brick.

Try a schedule of 3 Body Beast workouts for every one Tai Cheng. This will maintain your primary focus on strength. You can add more Tai Cheng if you wish depending on your goals.

7. RUTHLESS / 21 Day Fix EXTREME

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Combine Autumn’s circuit training with the menacing intensity of Steve Uria and you have a considerable core assault of epic proportions.

This a simple one to one ratio.  Autumn will bring some weights to help with resistance and Steve will bust your internal organs with gut crushing core work.

6. STRONGER / T25

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As a body weight program, STRONGER is sensational.  For cardio/core T25 is a great program all it’s own.  Why not combine the benefits of both and thus fill the gaps in each? The added bonus? You get two for the price of one as STRONGER is free.

5. P90X2 / Max 30

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You want nothing holding you back.  You are a juggernaut of unstoppable physical prowess and you need to justify that over priced energy drink in your shopping cart.  Gird your loins, because each of these programs are amazing all their own.  Combine them together?  Let’s just say that you will ignore nutrition at your own peril.  Only those with advanced physical stamina should even consider this hybrid.

Ideally, I found that alternating weeks worked best for me as to not break the flow.  You can also simply substitute out X2 cardio for Max 30, but you would be missing out more than you’d gain.

4. Asylum / CIZE

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You’re an athlete.  You want to jump high, run faster and tear the track up.

But you also want to dance baby.

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Hit the music!

This combo is like a peanut butter sandwich with pickles.  You think it would be awful, but be damned if you don’t run to the kitchen to make a second.  Shaun T can do that as he’s like a high power earth magnet that attracts ‘cool’.

I recommend cycling each every 2 days.  That way you should be able to retain the moves in CIZE and still get the pure athletic training of Asylum.

3. Hammer and Chisel / 22 Minute Hard Corps

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If you like Masters Hammer and Chisel, odds are you have a favorite trainer and wish the other one would go away in a puff of ninja smoke.  So why not swap out 22 Minute Hard Corps in it’s place?

Try to alternate the workouts each day.  If you prefer Autumn then maybe put in more of Tony’s resistance workouts.  If Sagi is your man, then aim for Tony’s cardio.

2. P90 / T25

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Hey, what about the beginner?  Not all of us can do 50 pull ups with an engine block strapped to our back, Parrot!  Well fret not dear reader because there’s something for you too.  Tony’s recreated P90 blends with T25 seamlessly.  Try and do 3+3 each week with one day off.  The added variety in T25 will keep P90 from becoming too repetitious and also quicken your advancement.

1. P90X / Insanity

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It would be criminal to neglect the ultimate hybrid.  So grab your teeth out of the jar and turn on the classics!  Nothing like a trip down memory lane with the breakout hits from both Tony and Shaun.  It’s like peanut butter and chocolate.

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Or vanilla and chocolate if you prefer. Please don’t hate me.

Due to the murder on the joints that Insanity is guilty of, I’d stick to doing only 2 workouts a week compared to the rest being P90X.  Swap out PlyoX, and maybe Legs/Back seeing as those muscles are going to be heavily pulverized anyway.  Then get your shorts on and put the balls to the wall.

Which one is best?

That all depends on what you want.  Everybody has a different idea of what it means to be fit  so don’t think these or any of the mentioned workouts are your only answer.

I admit that the bulk of these workouts are from Beachbody.  Again, these are my personal choices and I will readily admit that I have a bias towards certain production values.  I am trying to expand my library and this takes a little time.  Also, Beachbody seems to be pumping them out faster than anyone which is good, but can also be a downside as they have their own fair share of disasters.

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Brazil Butt Lift. Never forget.

This list is of course by no means exhaustive and I will occasionally throw in some lesser known workouts from other trainers. The key is taking the time to consider the goals you want to achieve, and tailoring your workouts to those goals.  The only real important thing is that you show up and get moving each day.

John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

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