Can I do several programs at the same time?

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    Can I do several programs at the same time?

    This is one of the questions that is being asked a lot. So I figured it's worth addressing it in a separate post. This way the answer might be easier to find in case anybody searches for it

    It will get a bit lengthy, so bear with me

    First, it is important to understand that there is a difference between programs and individual workouts and challenges.

    Single workouts and challenges are standalone trainings. Every single one of them has been designed, tested and tweaked over several months to make sure that they do what they're supposed to do. How you use them is up to you - you can stick to one and do it until you reached your goal (or get bored ), you can add them to your regular routine to add some additional load, you can use them to make up your own training plan or use one of our Training Plans - but in any case, it is in your responsibility to put them together in a way that makes sense for your training and your goals.

    Programs on the other hand are more than just a collection of individual workouts, packed together and laid out over 30 (60 / 90) days. Each program has a very unique structure and essentially is a training plan in itself that is designed for you. You don't have to think about what workout to do next or how to put them together, it is all there for you.
    Programs are designed for progress, the number of reps and sets increase and the exercises become more difficult. Each day will factor in what you did the day before and will also consider the workout of the day after. The workouts cycle through your muscle groups in a way that lets you workout everyday while recovering on the fly (active rest days).

    With that in mind we can go back to the original question: Can I do several programs at the same time?
    Well, the answer depends on what you're going for, workload or purpose?

    If you're just looking to load your body with strain and exercise and push it to its limit - sure, stack anything you like as long as you listen to your body and make sure you don't get hurt
    But as soon as you stack anything ontop of a program you are messing with its intended structure. You will not get the program's full benefit because you are interfering with the method that is used to get the full benefit. More so if you stack two different programs, this way you will mess with both structures and won't get the benefit of either of them, they might even cancel each other out since it's very unlikely that the structure of two programs compliment each other. As mentioned above, every program is very unique

    So, in this case more is not always more. We recommend staying with one program as your main training because this is how they are originally intended and designed to be done, and if that's not enough for you add a Challenge or two (Challenges are not full workouts, but more like that extra spice to add ontop).
    But, if you're just looking for some physical activity and random workouts you can do on a daily basis, go ahead and have fun with your multiple programs

    I hope that takes a bit of the confusion and sheds some light on how all this is intended

    Enjoy your workouts, Bees
    Last edited by TheRaven; July 5th, 2016, 12:18 PM.

    #2
    TheRaven if you intend on making this answer easier to find, would it be a good idea to make it sticky?

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      #3
      Hey Raven, anyone tell you you look like the guitar player from Extreme? You do.

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        #4
        DrShellgon seems like someone else thought it would be a good idea too and stuck it for me
        ScorpionKing nope, that's a first, but I get Steve Aoki a lot

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          #5
          great post on a reccurent question- TheRaven specially the part that describes the difference between training for a purpose or load- Will take that over

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            #6
            Good job, actually i asked this a while ago )

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              #7
              I'm glad this helps

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                #8
                I plan to do cardio trim for cardio and 30 days of gravity for strength at the same time or do you think i should do cardio trim first? thankyou.

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                  #9
                  rmmg14 I combined those two programs, and it worked really well. I got some good results and it was fun. I found they naturally complemented each other too.

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                    #10
                    KalePower how about the hiit adv and 30 dog?

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                      #11
                      rmmg14 Those two would probably work well too, but I am doing HIIT adv right now, and I would not do it without doing the regular 30 Days of HIIT. It is a pretty tough program.

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                        #12
                        Hey! I need help. I train karate 6 times a week(1 hour trainings). But I am not in best shape because I was hurt,so I didnt train. I need to get in shape,soon. So I would like to start one of your programs. Would it be too much if I do those workouts in the morning,an then in the night i go on karate?

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                          #13
                          TechGirl2 If you can manage both then it's okay, just make sure you don't overdo it as injuries are not fun.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by KalePower View Post
                            rmmg14 Those two would probably work well too, but I am doing HIIT adv right now, and I would not do it without doing the regular 30 Days of HIIT. It is a pretty tough program.
                            I'm currently doing the 30 Days of HIIT challenge, and although the programs seems quite basic, it's tougher than it looks! Incorporating this challenge before or after your regular workout or program makes for a great burn!

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