Sometimes You Just Gotta Let Someone Else Do the Thinking For You

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I write a lot of programs.  It goes without saying that I write programs for many of the athletes and clients at Cressey Performance; I also write programs for various distance coaching clients I have around the world; I write my girlfriend’s programs; and I even write programs for family and friends, too.  Basically, I spend a lot of time writing programs.  Big surprise, I know.

And, to be perfectly frank, sometimes, the last person I want to program for is myself.

Typically what ends up happening is that I’ll write a program to get my swole on, and while I’ll start with good intentions and do every exercise prescribed to a “t” – for a few days, atleast (maybe even a week) – inevitably I’ll start to tweak things.

Before you know it, what started as program “A,” turns into program “whateverthe****,” where I just revert back to exercises I know I’m good at, or that I like to do (it’s okay to deadlift five times per week, right?). 

We all do it – and I’m no different.

So, when Mike Westerdal and Elliot Hulse contacted me a few weeks ago and asked whether or not I’d be interested in checking out their latest product, Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

I needed a change, and as cliché as it sounds, it was exactly what I was looking for.

Sometimes, you just need someone else to do the thinking for you, and the fact that this program is written by two guys who are hella strong (and actually train people), only makes it more appealing to me.

So, that being said, what makes the program so great?  How is it different than any other program you can find on the interwebz?

1.    Concurrent Programming – in short, concurrent training refers to training multiple qualities simultaneously.  Unlike, say, linear periodization (which focuses on ONE quality in any given training cycle), concurrent training allows the trainee to focus on several qualities at once, which I feel has a lot more carry over to the world of athletics and leads to better results in general.

2.    “Hybrid” Training – as the name implies, this program takes bits and pieces from several modalities (powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, etc) and combine them into one balls-to-the-wall, no frills, kick-ass program. 

As noted by both Mike and Elliot:  what hybrid workouts do is take the best of everything, combine them into a single, cohesive strategy that gives us all the benefits, but leaves behind the drawbacks.  As a result, you’re able to build muscle and get lean at the same time.

In layman’s terms, you’ll basically turn into a sexual Tyrannosaurus.

3.    Miscellaneous Awesomeness – unlike some manuals you’ll come across with little to no detail on the programming side of things, Lean Hybrid Muscle comes with a pretty extensive video database which makes following the program that much easier. 

Moreover, it also includes the Hybrid Diet Nutrition Plan, which includes, among other things, detailed meal plans ranging from 1900-3000 kcals.

Simply put, Mike and Elliot cover all the bases and have gone out of their way to provide a quality product.

But I’ve done enough talking.  Head over to the Lean Hybrid Muscle Website and check it out for yourself! 



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  • Logan

    So I clicked on the link to "Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded" thinking it was going to be really good stuff. I had to stop reading after step one however since each sentence screamed bullshit! Reason being... There's more then 3 types of muscle fibers but there is no hybrid fast twitch muscle (only a moderately fast) that is dense with mitochondria. As a biology student it seems like simple logic that the faster contracting muscle fiber wouldn't rely on aerobic energy production which requires mitochondria but rather creatine-phosphate which is why the faster the fiber the less mitochondria it has. Additionally slow twitch type 1 muscles are the only ones that burn triglycerides (fat) while the other types rely on glycogen and CP. The only type he could be referring to is a combination of two types that some websites lump together. This type has high mitochondria content but lacks the size and strength of fast-twitch II muscle fibers. So the Hybrid theory of "Type III muscle fiber is that it has the capacity to grow larger and leaner... WHILE simultaneously burning fat!" Is false... they certianly don't grow larger than fast-twitch II fibers and they burn glycogen stores and creatine-phosphate. Now if it said they can grow in size but not as big as fast twitch, and they burn glycogen which can be obtained through the breakdown of triglycerides. I'd say they were telling the truth but I still wouldn't buy the product since I don't want moderately fast, moderately large muscles fiber. I want fast explosive muscle, that burn the same fuels. Second note... GOSH DARN-IT IT DIDN'T LET ME POST BECAUSE THE QUESTION ASKED ME IF ROCKS WERE HEAVY OR LIGHT AND OF COURSE I SAID LIGHT!

    February 8, 2011 at 7:58 am | Reply to this comment

  • Steve

    On the heels of Logan's shining endorsement...I just got LHM and did Day One of the Power Building phase - ho-ly crap! I just finished Maximum Strength and this was a great change of pace - I was amazed at the volume I was putting out, and the pump I had when I got done scared some small children. From what I've seen of LHM so far it looks great, and if the first workout is any indicator, I'm gonna get my a** handed to me - in a good way.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply to this comment

  • nock

    Logan, I think you are being a little harsh on the guys for making some mistakes on analogy of their theories without giving it a try. They are trainers not Biology professor maybe they made a technical error on their presentation that doesn't mean their product is a total BS. I have not tried the LHM workout but I just think you are being a little harsh. No product out there is clean cut error free maybe (Tony's......LOL) so you should have given them the benefit of the doubt and read the entire section or even like Steve did try out some of the workouts and see if it is good or not. I'm just saying.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Thomo

    Im always happy to follow Tony's recommendations as he is a straight up guy. Dogcrapp, super-slow, HIT, supersquats, FST7,5x5, 5x3, bulgarian, westside, weider confusion (lol) lots a systems but still lots of confused people!Will temper my response saying there isn't anything new under the sun generally just window dressing to excite the masses with short attention spans. Oh and Steve glad you are finding it useful but as always a pump has little to do with the efficacy of a system. Come back in 6 months and tell me you dropped fat and gained heaps of muscle but then how do you know you wouldn't have gained that anyway!!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Skylightwu

    Your article is one of the most classical style, when I read once, I have been deeply in love with them, you look forward to more perfect work.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Reply to this comment

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