Are you guilty of skipping a workout because you think a workout isn’t good if it’s not an hour long or even longer? Many people tend to skip their workout for the day when they realise they can’t fit in a hour workout into their schedule. The truth is, we’re all busy – working, parenting, doing house chores, cooking, etc., but in the end we all have 24 hours in a day and some of us manage to squeeze in a workout. How?
Those people know that even when they’re short on time they can get in an amazing workout. It has to be something quick, something efficient, effective, that gets your blood pumping, your body sweating and your muscles working hard. That type of activity can be hybrid training and it’s something you definitely need in your workout routine.
Now lemme know if this sounds familiar. Time comes when you’ve done all you need to do in a day and you can finally relax (read: you finally have time!). Instead, you turn to your phone. TV’s in the background, it’s that show you love to watch but you’re scrolling through social media on your phone. Time passes and you start getting ready to go to bed and you realise you spent an hour or more on your phone.
But let’s be honest, who spends only an hour a day on their phone? That number is way higher and even though you hate to admit it you know it’s true. What I’m trying to say is, you do have time, you just choose to do something non-beneficial (for you) with it. Take advantage of your free time, use it wisely and when you think you don’t have time for a workout, try a hybrid workout and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
What Is Hybrid Training?
Hybrid training is a type of workout which consists of hybrid exercises. Hybrid exercises are moves that combine two or more exercises that go really well with each other. This way you’re putting many large muscle groups to work at once. This type of training is challenging for any person, no matter their fitness level. Although, it’s definitely worth it because it helps build strength and improve conditioning. There are many more benefits to hybrid training and they’re listed below.
Hybrid Training Benefits
#1 HELPS AVOID TRAINING PLATEAU.
A plateau in training refers to a sudden decrease in the noticeable results of your regular workouts despite you doing all the right things. Like eating healthy, exercising regularly, reducing stress, sleeping well, etc. This happens because the human body is incredible at adapting quickly. If your workouts are not continually evolving and you’re not challenging your body’s strength and endurance plateau will occur.
Your body thrives when you switch up your workout routine and shock it with new moves/exercises. That’s exactly what hybrid training does for your body because the exercise combos are endless. There are so many moves you can do that go really well with each other and you’ll never get bored. If you never tried a hybrid workout I suggest you check out realrubaali on Instagram. She has so many workout videos, each consisting of hybrid exercises so she’s the perfect inspo for hybrid workouts! Once you get familiar with this type of training you can begin creating exercises/workouts on your own.
#2 TIME SAVING.
Like I mentioned earlier, some people skip their workout once they realise they’re not able to carve out an hour or more for it. I used to be one of those people, but not anymore. Ever since I became a mom, I had to find a way for quick and effective workouts. That’s when I realised that even 20-30 minutes of exercise is better than no exercise at all. What’s more, it came to my attention that these ‘short’ workouts can be equally, if not more, effective.
Hybrid training helped me a lot being the perfect way to make me sweat like crazy, burn twice the calories and build muscle in a relatively short amount of time. Depending on how much time you have on hand, you can get in an amazing workout anywhere from 15-30 minutes by doing hybrid exercises. Personally, I try to keep my hybrid workouts in the range of 25-30 minutes but that’s only because I LOVE to SWEAT!
#3 BETTER RESULTS IN LESS AMOUNT OF TIME.
We covered how time saving hybrid training can be so you might be wondering if you can get as good results as you would by doing strength training for an hour. The answer is – you can get even better results. Hybrid training consists of advanced exercises that help you work as many muscles in as many ways at once as possible.
This puts stress on your body so it has to work harder in order to keep up with your energy demands. Therefore, as the intensity of your workout goes up so does your heart rate and calorie burn. Performing hybrid exercises in a circuit style fashion can optimize post workout metabolism, have a greater after burn effect and burn a ton of calories overall giving you better results in less amount of time.
#4 IMPROVED BALANCE.
We could all benefit from good balance. As well as in life, workouts and food so as within our bodies. Since hybrid exercises combine two or more moves, they require you to move swiftly. In addition, you’ll find yourself doing unilateral moves more often than not when performing hybrid exercises. This is in turn makes your core muscles work harder so you can maintain stability throughout the workout.
And the more your core muscles work, the stronger they get and the better your balance is. Keep in mind though, it’s always quality over quantity. So if you’re performing an exercise for 40 seconds, focus on proper form instead of getting in as many reps as you can. This way you’ll avoid injuries, make a greater mind-muscle connection and see the results faster.
#5 MAKES WORKING OUT A LOT MORE FUN.
I say this often and I’ll say it again – if you’re not enjoying your workouts then what are you doing? Fair enough, this style of training might not be your cup of tea but if you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do. It might change everything for you. On the other hand, if you don’t like this workout style do whatever makes you happy and whatever makes you excited to workout.
As for me, I’ll keep up with hybrid training because it’s so much fun. I enjoy challenging myself and watching myself being able to do exercises I never thought I’d be able to. Moreover, I find hybrid training helps with monotony and boredom of regular workouts/one training style and improves athleticism.
Remember that this style of training is intense and should not be done more than 3 times per week and never on consecutive days. You need to let your body rest and recover. So tell me, have you tried hybrid training yet? If so, what is your favourite hybrid exercise?