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© 2009 Elliott Hulse & Mike Westerdal

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The information presented is not intended for the treatment or prevention of
disease, nor a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical

This publication is presented for information purposes, to increase the public

knowledge of developments in the field of strength and conditioning. The
program outlined herein should not be adopted without a consultation with your
health professional.

Use of the information provided is at the sole choice and risk of the reader. You
must get your physician’s approval before beginning this or any other exercise
program. - All Rights Reserved 2


About Mike Westerdal, CPT

Mike Westerdal is a personal trainer and amateur powerlifter residing in sunny

Clearwater, FL. Mike is a contributor to REPS! Magazine and Powerlifting USA.
He is also the founder of one of the Internet's largest muscle
building sites.

About Elliott Hulse, CSCS

Elliott Hulse is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a

professional strongman and owner of Strength Camp Sports Training facility in
St. Petersburg, FL. Coach Hulse is also a featured columnist for Men's Fitness
Magazine. - All Rights Reserved 3

Best Of All Worlds – Hybrid Training pg. 5
The Type-III Super Muscle Fiber pg. 8
Getting the Primal Edge pg. 15
The Hybrid Spectrum Chart pg. 19
Hybrid Body Weight Training pg. 20
Hybrid Body Weight Guidelines pg. 25
Training Weeks 1-4 pg. 27
Training Weeks 5-8 pg. 32
Blank Training Log Chart pg. 36
Corrective Stretching – Warm Up – Flexibility pg. 37
Exercise Definitions pg. 48
Our Secret Language – Glossary pg. 63
How Mike And Elliott Teamed Up pg. 70


You must get your physician’s approval before beginning this exercise program. These
recommendations are not medical guidelines but are for educational purposes only. You must
consult your physician prior to starting this program or if you have any medical condition or injury
that contraindicates physical activity. This program is designed for healthy individuals only.

The information in this report is meant to supplement, not replace, proper exercise training. All
forms of exercise pose some inherent risks. The editors and publishers advise readers to take full
responsibility for their safety and know their limits. Before practicing the exercises in this book, be
sure that your equipment is well-maintained, and do not take risks beyond your level of
experience, aptitude, training and fitness. The exercises and dietary programs in this book are not
intended as a substitute for any exercise routine or treatment or dietary regimen that may have
been prescribed by your physician.

See your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition program. If you are taking any
medications, you must talk to your physician before starting any exercise program, including Lean
Hybrid Muscle. If you experience any lightheadedness, dizziness, or shortness of breath while
exercising, stop the movement and consult a physician.

Don’t perform any exercise unless you have been shown the proper technique by a certified
personal trainer or certified strength and conditioning specialist. Always ask for instruction and
assistance when lifting. Don’t perform any exercise without proper instruction. Always do a warm-
up prior to strength training and interval training.

You must have a complete physical examination if you are sedentary, if you have high
cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you are over 30 years
old. Please discuss all nutritional changes with your physician or a registered dietician. If your
physician recommends that you don’t use Lean Hybrid Muscle, please return the Report for a full
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Of all the training philosophies hybrid muscle training may be the least

well-known. Ask most guys at the gym about it and you’re likely to get not much

more than a confused look. I guarantee that before long, that will change and

you’ll hear more and more guys talking about the incredible results they’ve gotten

from hybrid training. Let’s take a closer look at what it is and how it can ramp up

your training results. - All Rights Reserved 5

The general definition of “hybrid” is combining two or more different things,

aimed at achieving a particular objective or goal. For our purposes, the goal of

hybrid training would be to take all the good stuff from the training philosophies

we’ve been talking about, leaving the “cons” aside. In other words, hybrid training

has all the best aspects of the common training philosophies, without the

negatives—or cons. It’s really a win-win situation. So you’re thinking, “Okay,

that’s great. But I still don’t know what it is.”

By definition, we could combine any of number of training philosophies

and have a hybrid training program. But for our purposes, we have a specific goal

in mind, which is the development of a hybrid muscle fiber. We’ll talk more about

that in the next chapter. For the goals that we want to achieve, the hybrid training

that we’re going to discuss is one that combines both resistance and cardio

activities. By combining the two in this body weight program, we’re able to put on

lean muscle and burn unwanted body fat at the same time.

The other cool part about this approach is the fact that hybrid training

works in harmony with our bodies. Remember that our bodies are still living in the

Stone Age so, by their very nature, they’re going to respond best to movements,

activities, and regimens that mimic things our ancestors did every day. Training - All Rights Reserved 6

with your body weight is about as primal as it gets. Mankind has been training

this way for thousands of years.

Our goal is to increase the mitochondrial density of our muscle fibers.

Mmitochondria are the cellular power plants—as their density increases, more

fuel is delivered to the cells at a greater pace. This essentially enables our Type-

I, Type-IIA, and Type-IIB muscle fibers to “morph” into Type-III muscle fibers,

which are stronger, more powerful, and more resistant to fatigue than the others.

Training our muscle fibers to behave like Type-III hybrid muscle fibers sets the

stage for developing a lean, muscular physique in less time. Let us take a close

look. - All Rights Reserved 7


Our bodies are not made of just one sort of muscle fiber—there are

actually different types. Our muscles are made up of three basic types of muscle

fiber: Type-I, Type-IIA, and Type-IIB. Each of these fibers reacts differently to

physical activities such as performing cardio or resistance training. The Type-I

fiber is known as a slow-twitch (ST) fiber, meaning that it contracts slowly. Slow-

twitch fibers also have a high resistance to fatigue. Both of the Type-II fibers are

fast-twitch fibers (FT-A and FT-B), meaning that they have a quicker contraction

time than Type-I fibers. But unlike Type-I fibers, they have a low resistance to

fatigue. - All Rights Reserved 8

But did you know that there is another type of muscle fiber that we don’t

often hear about? Well, it exists. And it’s known as Type-IIC, or Type-III, muscle

fiber and what’s so amazing about it is that it behaves like a combination of the

other muscle fiber types. Let’s talk about the different types of muscle fibers,

including Type-III.

Each person has his/her own unique combination of the different muscle

fiber types. The specific combination of muscle fiber types that each person has

determines how well he/she is suited for different physical activities. That’s why

it’s easier for some guys to gain muscle than others. Guys who are high in slow-

twitch fibers and lower in both the fast-twitch fibers are better suited to performing

aerobic activities for long periods. They’re the guys who are natural born long-

distance runners and swimmers. That’s because the slow-twitch fibers are really

resistant to fatigue.

On the flip side, guys who are high in fast-twitch fibers and low in slow-

twitch fibers aren’t usually the ones you see running marathons. These guys are

natural born weight lifters. It can be broken down even further—the composition

of Type-IIA and Type-IIB fibers determine the particular type of weight training

activities that are the best match for each person. Type-IIB fibers produce more

power than Type-IIA and Type-I fibers but they are also highly sensitive to fatigue - All Rights Reserved 9

so they’re recruited when doing explosive movements for short periods. The

Type-IIA fibers produce more power than Type-I fibers but nothing like Type-IIB.

Each person has his or her own unique composition of the three different

types of muscle fibers. The specific combinations in each person are determined

by genetics. As a rule, these are things we can’t change about ourselves. You

can’t change the natural color of your eyes or skin, or how tall you are. Genetic

characteristics are hardwired and determined before we’re even born so there

just isn’t much we can do to change those things. But what if there is something

you can do about the composition of muscle fibers in your body? And what about

the Type-III muscle we mentioned before? What happened to that? Well, we’re

going to tell you about that muscle fiber right now and this is where it really gets


Type-III muscle fibers are really a hybrid of sorts, having the best

characteristics of the other three fibers. They’re great for explosive movements

and power that come from Types-IIA and IIB, plus they’ve got some of the

aerobic endurance characteristics of Type-I muscle fibers. Sounds great, huh?

Well they are—the problem is that generation after generation of “easy living” has

all but wiped out this incredible hybrid muscle fiber from our bodies. Think about

it—our ancestors lived very differently from how we live today. Their lifestyles - All Rights Reserved 10

were physically demanding and their very survival depended on their physical

abilities like strength, speed, and endurance.

Except for the occasional bar fight, we don’t really have to worry about that

today, so we don’t really have a need for these hybrid muscle fibers. But if our

ancestors were able to develop them, then why can’t we? The good news is that

modern guys can develop Type-III hybrid muscle fibers. The secret to pulling it off

lies in how you train. And to build Type-III hybrid muscle like our ancestors did,

you have to train like our ancestors would have lived their everyday lives. - All Rights Reserved 11

Hybrid training enables us to build muscle and burn fat at the same time

by building the Type-III muscle fiber that we’ve talked about. This, we know, is a

cross between Type-I (slow twitch) and Type-IIB (fast twitch) muscle fibers or, in

other words, a hybrid muscle. What it actually does is reconfigure existing muscle

fibers by increasing mitochondrial density. Mitochondria are our cells’

powerhouses. They supply most of the cells’ supply of ATP, which is the fuel that

cells need. By combining resistance training, such as muscle training and

strength training, with cardio training in the same set, we force the thicker

stronger Type-II muscle fibers to behave more like Type-I fibers.

What really happens is that we “train” ordinary muscle fibers to behave

more like Type-III muscle fibers. In other words, we’re literally “resetting” the

genetic limits of the muscle. With more mitochondrial density, more nutrients can

be processed and these Type-III muscle fibers have a greater capacity to grow

bigger and resist fatigue for longer periods.

What we’re talking about here

isn’t just novel theory but something that

a number of highly-respected fitness

experts have investigated and studied.

One of these is Len Schwartz, who

pioneered the concept of “long strength,” - All Rights Reserved 12

which is “the ability to exert significant strength for an extended period of time.”

John Parillo was another proponent of the long strength concept. Both men

developed training strategies specifically designed to increase mitochondrial

density and essentially reconfigure the fiber composition of the working muscle

groups. Eventually, the muscles develop long strength and actually “morph” into

Type-III muscle fiber.

Ori Hofmekler is the third training

expert who became a firm believer of the long

strength concept. Ori developed a weight

training system that he called, “Controlled

Fatigue Training.” According to Ori, this type

of training helped develop these super-hybrid

muscles—ones that were capable of

generating and sustaining strength for

extended periods.

What these three men had in common

is that each of their developments were various forms of hybrid training. In other

words, they mimicked the way that our ancestors used to live. They didn’t train

with weights one day and run laps the next. No. The kinds of activities they did

every day would have been very much like the hybrid training we’re talking about. - All Rights Reserved 13

Our ancestors were both muscular and lean and it didn’t result from things

they set out intentionally to do but rather, it was a natural byproduct of the way

they lived their lives. They were able to both build muscle and burn fat at the

same time without even having to consciously think about. By adopting some of

the very same training principles that they employed, modern man can achieve

the same results. - All Rights Reserved 14


Nature is amazing. Plants, animals, humans, insects, and ecosystems, left

on their own, over time, adapt to their environment to not just exist, but to thrive.

Each species is created to do whatever it does best. For example, carnivores like

wolves, lions, and tigers are built to hunt and kill. They’re strong and fast with

sharp teeth and powerful jaws. All this happens naturally. When they are born,

their parents don’t sit them down and explain to them what they have to do to

become skilled hunters—they just go about living their lives and they develop that

way naturally.

Animals in nature don’t go to the gym. They don’t lift weights, they don’t do

cardio, they don’t read about the latest hot training routine, and they don’t go on

diets. Yet, despite the fact that they don’t do any of these things, wolf cubs, lion - All Rights Reserved 15

cubs, and others, grow up to be skilled hunters with lean but incredibly strong

bodies. Why? Because they live their lives the way nature intended, doing the

activities that nature intended them to be doing without giving it any thought. It’s

like this throughout nature, with all species. What does this have to do with

building a better body? A lot. Why should you care? I am going to tell you why.

Over the last thousand years or so man has gotten soft. By nature, we’re

hunter-gatherers, meaning that our bodies are built both to hunt and to forage for

food—we kind of get the best of both worlds. But as our society has become

more civilized we’ve moved away from doing the things that nature intended our

bodies to be doing.

As a result, for the most part, we’ve become flabby, soft, and out-of-shape.

We don’t have to hunt down animals and kill them with our bare hands or with

simple tools and we don’t have to traverse long distances, searching for fruits,

vegetables, and nuts. When we did have to do those things every day in order to

survive, we developed naturally lean and strong bodies—without even thinking

about it.

Today though, we go to the gym, use machines, moon over the latest fad

diet or hot new supplement. And what’s the result? More people than ever before

are overweight or obese. Our intellect and knowledge have grown exponentially - All Rights Reserved 16

yet, overall, we’re in progressively worse shape than at any time in our history.

What’s the problem? I’ll tell you what the problem is—it’s us. When man

intervenes things start to get all mucked up.

We’ve moved away from living the way nature intended us to live. We train

at the gym doing exercises that are unnatural and wonder why we don’t get

results. Our ancestors didn’t do this yet they thrived. Look at the warrior cultures

like the Spartans, the Vikings, the Roman Gladiators, and others. They didn’t

have gyms but they developed lean, powerful, muscular bodies. They got that

way because they did what they had to do to survive. They trained every day not

doing isolated, contrived movements, but using compound movements that

incorporated a variety of training styles and they developed real-world skills.

Our ancestors didn’t order carry-out food. If they were hungry they had to

go out and forage or hunt. And while doing this, sometimes they got chased by

wolves, bears, or other humans. Food had to be carried across distances. If they

killed a bear, they probably had to drag it a long ways back to camp. The warrior

cultures did the same thing—trekking across the land wearing their heavy battle

gear and lugging cumbersome weapons, supplies, and even wounded soldiers.

These are the kinds of activities that our bodies were built to do. When we did

those things on a daily basis, we just naturally got the best results without even

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developed into what they were and thrived because if they didn’t, they would

have perished.

If we today want to see the same kind of results and be lean, muscular,

strong, and healthy, we need to stop looking for the magic bullet and look to our

past. We need to get primal and train the way nature intended our bodies to train.

To get really healthy and get the bodies we want we need to exercise the way

our ancestors lived by getting primal in our workouts. So how’s a modern guy

supposed to “get primal” in his workout? One of the best ways to train like our

ancestors is by following training strategies from this Lean Hybrid Muscle Body

weight Training system. This is a program designed to bring us all back to our

roots. Training this way for the eight week program will help your flexibility, your

conditioning, muscle tone and you’ll burn a lot of fat in the process. - All Rights Reserved 18

The Lean Hybrid Muscle – Body Weight Program

Water Type Workout - #1 on the Hybrid Spectrum

For Videos Explaining This Chart Refer To These Web Pages: - All Rights Reserved 19


We hear a lot about hybrids these days—hybrid cars, hybrid buses and

even hybrid planes. The idea of the “hybrid” is to take the very best aspects of

different ideas, concepts or approaches and combine them into a single,

cohesive unit. The finished product—the hybrid—has the best features of the

other elements and more important, functions better than any of the others do on

their own. The hybrid concept is the same no matter what the field—

transportation, electronics, plants and even physical fitness.

Like other hybrids models, Hybrid Body Weight Training takes the best

aspects of regular body weight training and combines them with hybrid training to - All Rights Reserved 20

produce results far superior to those that you could achieve through body weight

training alone.

Body weight training is of course training that instead of free weights or

machines, uses the weight of the body to provide resistance and drive gains.

Common body weight exercises include push-ups, pull-ups, body weight squats,

sit-ups, crunches and hanging leg raises, just to name a few. Body weight

training is a good way to build muscle strength and get lean, not to get massive.

Gymnasts do a lot of body weight training, which is why they are lean and

defined, but not huge. They are pretty strong though—just notice how seemingly

effortless it is for them to lift and support their body weight with just one arm, or

whatever other body part the movement calls for them to use.

One of the really appealing aspects of body weight training is that it can

be done just about anywhere. You don’t have to have an expensive gym - All Rights Reserved 21

membership or access to specialized equipment to be able to do it. With nothing

more than basic supplies that many people have around the house already,

you’re good to go. Another positive attribute of body weight training is that it is an

excellent way to build up functional strength. What this means is that you’re

developing muscle strength by performing compound movements that

simultaneously involve multiple body parts while also incorporating other skills

like flexibility and balance. It’s that functional strength that enables a petite

female gymnast to balance her entire body weight on one hand while performing

reverse kicks or some other complex movement.

For the guy who wants to be not only strong but big too, body weight

training by itself is not going to produce the results you want to see. It can

however, be highly beneficial to incorporate some body weight training into your

routine, especially if you perform hybrid body weight training. First, mixing in

some hybrid body weight training can help you lean out and can provide some

nice definition—you know, so you can really very clearly see the outline of each

muscle group. It’s also a great way to mix things up once in a while. By nature,

our bodies quickly get used to our training routines. When that happens, the

gains first slow and eventually come to a halt. This is commonly known as a

plateau. Adding in some hybrid body weight training can help you break through

a plateau and even better—avoid them entirely.

So what makes a regular body weight workout a “hybrid” body weight

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First, it involves combining multiple movements into a single exercise. The

second important component is that you also need to incorporate endurance as

well. By combining these elements, the muscles are continually forced to adapt,

with the end result being the development of hybrid type III muscle fibers which

have both strength and endurance. Ordinary muscle fibers typically only have

one of three primary properties: strength, power or endurance.

And that’s exactly what this program has been designed to do—

emphasize the best elements of gymnastics and body weight training while also

addressing the fact that some guys want to be defined and lean. Nearly all of the

exercises can be performed using just body weight alone. A few of them call for

the use of weights like dumbbells or kettle bells. If you’d like, you can also ramp

them up by wearing ankle weights or a weighted vest. In any case, hybrid body

weight training is definitely something that you ought to be including as part of

your routine.

Weight Vest >>> Click Here To Get Yours

Instead of heavy body armor, those of us who want to train like a warrior

can purchase a weight vest to achieve the same goal. Weight vests range from

about 25 pounds all the way up to 100 pounds. You wear them when you’re

doing any type of activity to add a serious level of resistance. Here are some

examples of exercises that can be significantly ramped up with a weight vest:

jogging, dips, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, lunges, sprints, climbing up stairs, and - All Rights Reserved 23

even jumping rope. Using the vest, you are essentially “tricking” your body into

believing that it has gained weight, causing it to work harder. The result is that

your conditioning level will improve and your strength, power, and quickness will

also improve.

How’s This For An Old School Weight Vest?

Remember that you want to progress in this exercise. If you haven’t done

sprints in years don’t put a weight vest on and do sprints, your knees and joints

may not be ready for it. Start with walking and gradually increase the difficulty. If

you want to save some money, put some sand or weights in a backpack and

wear that when you go hiking or walking.

Wearing a heavy military backpack and hiking up a mountain could be a

level 5 on the hybrid spectrum. However wearing a 10-pound backpack during a

leisurely walk might be a level 1 on the hybrid spectrum. Ankle weights can also

be worn to add resistance to any activity that you partake in. - All Rights Reserved 24


Disclaimer: See your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition program.

You must have a complete physical examination if you are sedentary, if you have

high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you

are over 30 years old. Please discuss all nutritional changes with your physician

or a registered dietician. - All Rights Reserved 25

Each phase of this program will be performed for 4 weeks.

You can skip either Day 4 or Day 6 if you need extra active recovery days.

You must completely rest 1 day per week. It is a good idea to use this

day to do some foam rolling (see Foam Rolling Guide at the end of

this manual) or other active recovery methods.

Exercises are programmed in pairs or in circuits.

Each pair of exercises is called a “Superset”. In each Superset, do

one set of the first exercise (A1), rest 20 seconds, and then perform

the next exercise (A2). Rest 1-2 minutes and then repeat, starting

with the first exercise again.

For all circuits, complete each exercise one after the other with no rest

between each. Rest 1 minute at the end of the circuit before repeating.

Go through each circuit 1-5 times. - All Rights Reserved 26

The number in the brackets beside each bodyweight circuit exercise

indicates the number of reps per side (if it is a one limb movement).

Finish each workout with corrective stretching for the tight muscle

groups only.

Never skip a warm up!

Jumping Jacks x 10
Split Jacks x 10
Seal Jacks x 10
High Knee Skips
High Knee Tucks
High Knee Run
Butt Kick Run
Figure 4
Straight Leg March
Walking Lunges
Backwards Lunges
Backwards Skips
Backwards Run
Over Head Squats x 10
Walk outs x 5 - All Rights Reserved 27

**DAY 1 **
60 yard sprints x 6 w/ 30 seconds rest in between sets, before training.

A1. Band Deadlift 3 x 8

A2. Band Push Ups 3 x 8

B1. Single Leg Squats 3 x 8 each leg

B2. Glute Ham Raise (on bench or w/ partner) 3 x 15

C1. Over Head Squats x 25

C2. Walking Lunges x 30 steps
C3. Inch Worms x 8
C4. Single Leg Good Mornings x 10 each leg
C5. Knees To Bows x 10

REPEAT C1 - C5, 3-5 times with 1 minute rest between circuits. - All Rights Reserved 28

**DAY 2 - Conditioning**
Burpees: perform 1 minute on with 30 seconds rest for 20 minutes.

**DAY 3 **
A1. Chin Ups 2 x as many as possible
A2. Dips 2 x as many as possible

B1. Jumping Jacks x 100

B2. Spiderman Push Ups x 8 each way
B3. Bicycle Crunches x 40
B4. Swing Jack Knife x 15
B5. Wheel Rollouts x 10

REPEAT B1 - B5, 3-5 times with 1 minute rest between circuits. - All Rights Reserved 29

**DAY 4 – OFF**

Skip Rope: Perform 20 seconds on with 5 seconds rest for 15 minutes

**DAY 5**
A1. Split Squats 3 x 12 each leg
A2. Inverted Rows 3 x 12

B1. Close Grip Push Ups x 15

B2. Walking Lunges x 30 steps
B3. Swing Curls x 15
B4. Burpees x 15
B5. Knees To Bows x 10

REPEAT B1 - B5, 3-5 times with 1 minute rest between circuits. - All Rights Reserved 30

**DAY 6**

100 yard sprints x 10 with 30 second rest in between

**DAY 7 – OFF**
We really take pride in our OFF days…
Do nothing more than stretching or foam rolling with lots of rest. - All Rights Reserved 31

**DAY 1 **
40 yard sprints x 10 w/ 30 seconds rest in between sets, before training.

A1. Pistol Squats (or Split Squats) 3 x 8 each leg

A2. Close Grip Push Ups 3 x 15

B1. Single Leg Good Morning 3 x 8 each leg

B2. Inverted Rows 3 x 15

C1. Jumping Jacks x 100

C2. Burpees x 20
C3. Swing Curls x 15
C4. Glute Ham Raise x 15
C5. Step Ups x 15 each leg

REPEAT C1 - C5, 3-5 times with 1 minute rest between circuits. - All Rights Reserved 32

**DAY 2 - Conditioning**
Inchworms: perform 1 minute on with 30 seconds rest for 20 minutes.

**DAY 3 **

A1. Chin Ups 3 x as many as possible

A2. Hand Stand Push Ups 2 x as many as possible

B1. Mountain Climbers x 30 each side

B2. Inverted Rows x 15
B3. V Ups x 40
B4. Single Leg Extensions x 15 each leg
B5. Wheel Rollouts x 10

REPEAT B1 - B5, 3-5 times with 1 minute rest between circuits. - All Rights Reserved 33

**DAY 4 – OFF**

Jumping Jacks: Perform 20 seconds on with 5 seconds rest for 15 minutes

**DAY 5**
A1. Over Head Squats 3 x 25
A2. Bear Crawls 3 x 50 yards

B1. Close Grip Push Ups x 25

B2. Walking Lunges x 60 steps
B3. Swing Curls x 15
B4. Burpees x 15
B5. Knees To Bows x 10

REPEAT B1 - B5, 3-5 times with 1 minute rest between circuits. - All Rights Reserved 34

**DAY 6**

100 yard sprints x 10 with 30 second rest in between

**DAY 7 – OFF**

We really take pride in our OFF days…

Do nothing more than stretching or foam rolling with lots of rest.

Next Page – Blank Training Log for You to Track Your Progress!
Make as many copies as you need and put them in a binder. - All Rights Reserved 35




NOTES: - All Rights Reserved 36


If you’re like a lot of guys, you probably don’t give much thought to doing a

pre-workout warm-up. Most guys step into the gym and either launch right into

their training or they might do a minimal warm-up before getting started. And by

minimal, I do mean minimal—as in spending 30 seconds stretching. If that

sounds like you then you really ought to pay attention to what we’re talking about

here. Even if you do warm-up before working out, you should still stick around

because you might just learn a few things that can power up your workout,

reduce injuries, and even improve your recovery.

In any kind of weight training, whether it’s bodybuilding, powerlifting,

strongman, or whatever the case may be, the spotlight is always on the results. - All Rights Reserved 37

Guys are interested in learning about the latest and greatest workout that will

make them stronger, leaner, faster, or more powerful, in the least amount of time.

Eye-catching headlines like “bigger biceps in three days,” or “get ripped in two

weeks” sell magazines. Fitness writers, publishers, and advertisers know this so

it’s no surprise that this is where they focus. That’s why you see lots of articles

about “sexy” topics like training routines, diet, and supplementation, but not much

else. You don’t see—other than vague generalities—much information about

warming up, why it’s important and how it can lead to better and faster results.

If you’re not properly warming up before training, you’re selling yourself

short and cheating your workout. Not performing a good thorough warm-up prior

to training is one of the most common and costly mistakes I see. The majority of

guys fail to recognize its importance and the long-term benefits it offers.

Performing a good warm-up will significantly lower the likelihood that you’ll injure

yourself and lead to better results, maximizing muscle stimulation and growth.

Those two reasons are enough for me. First, an injury will most definitely put a

damper on your results—especially if it means that you can’t train for a week, two

weeks, or even longer. A proper warm-up can keep you training uninterrupted.

And second, who doesn’t want better results? A good warm-up stimulates blood

flow, which means more oxygen and muscle-building nutrients are delivered to

your muscle fibers. - All Rights Reserved 38

Dynamic stretching is one of the best ways I know to warm up before

training and, in particular, corrective stretching can be especially effective. This

type of stretching differs from ordinary stretching in that it is purposeful and

designed to target specific areas where you are tight or having issues. It is a type

of static stretching that is very useful for correcting imbalances. Static stretching

is performed by reaching forward to a point of tension and holding the stretch for

a few seconds. Corrective stretching involves identifying individual areas where

you may be having problems or pain. It has long been used by coaches and

trainers for injury prevention and performance enhancement. By knowing the

proper corrective stretching techniques to address specific problem areas that

you’ve identified, you can address the problem and be on the road to recovery

without causing further injury.

If you don’t have any specific areas that are troubling you, doing ten

minutes or so of Dynamic Flexibility movements before training can be your best

route. Dynamic Flexibility movements enhance peak-force output, raising the

body’s core temperature giving you a true “warm-up” and preparing the body to

go into full drive during your workout. Dynamic warm-ups really get our bodies

ready to do whatever it is that we want them to do when we’re training. Besides

warming up our bodies, they can dramatically increase our range of motion and

stretch our core muscles—each of which is important to maximizing our workout

results. - All Rights Reserved 39

Dynamic Flexibility movements can also be customized for specific sports

and activities. Examples of Dynamic Flexibility stretching movements include

lunges, side bends, the Frankenstein walk, high knees, jumping jacks,

backpedaling, the scorpion, side lunges, and many more. Overall, they just can’t

be beat. Seriously, a pre-workout investment of 10 minutes spent performing

Dynamic Flexibility movements will pay huge dividends in fewer injuries, better

performance, increased range of motion and flexibility, and it can even help

stimulate your metabolism meaning more efficient fat-burning capabilities.

Dynamic warm-ups are the best way to prepare your body for the training

session ahead—particularly if you’re going to be doing hybrid muscle training.

Ten minutes of dynamic warm-up movements before training can be invaluable.

They not only enhance peak force output but they also raise the body’s

core temperature, increase the range of motion and stretch the core muscles—

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 Jumping jacks: This is an old standard. Start with your feet together,

arms at your side. Jump up bringing both feet out to your sides while

simultaneously raising both arms up in an arcing motion brining them

together in an overhead clap. Repeat.

 Seal jacks: This is a twist to an old favorite—the jumping jack. To do this

dynamic warm-up exercise you’ve got to think like a seal—not a Navy

SEAL, but the seal that lives in the ocean. It’s performed like a regular

jumping jack but instead of bringing your arms up and down over your

head, you bring them out to the front in a wide clapping motion, just like a

happy, clapping seal. While the description sounds a bit silly, don’t be

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 Split jacks: This is another variation of the traditional jumping jack. But in

this version, instead of jumping and spreading your legs out to the sides,

you jump and land with one leg in front of you and the other behind you,

alternating with each jump.

 Skips: This is like an ordinary skip except that you bring your knees up

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 High knee tuck: In this one you lift your knee up to your chest and “tuck” it

by pulling it tight against your chest.

 Quad stretch walk: For this warm-up you lift your leg behind you grabbing

your foot with your hand and giving it a quick upward stretch. Alternate

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 Figure four: Stand with your arms at your side, feet shoulder-width apart.

Start with your left leg. Lift your knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor

while simultaneously using your hand to bring your foot out across your

body so that your calf is parallel to the floor. Grab your foot with the

opposite hand and give it an upward tug. Return your foot to the ground

and repeat with the other leg.

 Straight leg march: March forward bringing your leg straight out and up

as high as you can while bringing the opposite arm out trying to touch your

foot with your hand. It kind of looks like the way the Soviet soldiers used to

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 Walking lunges: This is old stand-by. Walk forward lunging until your

thigh is just about parallel to the floor and the opposite knee almost

touches the floor. Bring your arm up in a pumping motion as you lunge.

Repeat with the other leg as you lunge across the room.

 Backward lunge: This is done exactly like the exercise above except it is

performed in reverse so your lunging backwards instead of forward. Bring

your arm up in a pumping motion as you lunge.

 Backward skip: This is like the skips above except this time, they’re done

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 Backwards reach run: This one is performed very much like the butt-kick

run except that it is, of course, done in reverse so you’re moving

backwards. Pump your arms as you perform the leg movements.

 Overhead squats: Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width

with your hands at the back of your head—like you’re under arrest. Squat

down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Return to the starting

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 Walkouts: Stand straight up with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend

down until your hands touch the floor. Crawl outward with your hands until

your body is parallel to the floor. Your feet remain in the same position—

they don’t move. Return to the starting position by “crawling” backwards

and repeat.

If you’re having trouble picturing what these dynamic flexibility warm-up

exercises might look like check out this video we made for you. - All Rights Reserved 47


Split Squats

Stand in front of a bench with one foot in front of you and the other one on the
bench behind you.

Slowly lower you back knee to the ground while bending your front knee.

Pause for 1 second and then raise to the starting position. Repeat.

Close Grip Push Ups

Assume a typical push up position.

Move your hands inwards until they are directly beneath your shoulders.

Lower your body, just like with a normal push up.

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Bicycle Crunches

Lie on your back with your hands behind your head.

Then simultaneously bring your right elbow to your left knee.

Then switch sides. Each rep done consists of both a left and right revolution.

Spiderman Push Ups

Assume a normal push up position, then draw your left knee up and your right
hand back.

With your limbs in this “staggered” position, lower your body to the ground and
then up again.

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Bear Crawls

Get on all fours... and crawl!

Do not go to your elbows or knees... stay up on your hands and feet.

Band Dead Lift

Stand with a shoulder width stance and place a large band under your feet.

Grab the band with both hands on the sides of your body.

Stand up with the band under your feet and in your hands.

Return to the starting position. Repeat.

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Band Push Ups

Assume a normal push up position.

Wrap a band around your back and through your hands.

Lower your body under the resistance of the band.

Return to the up starting position. Repeat. - All Rights Reserved 51


This is a powerful stretch for your hamstrings, so go slow, and don’t round your

Start in a modified push-up position, with your hands out in front of your

Keep your legs straight and walk your legs towards your hands.

Go until you get a stretch, but don’t round your lower back.

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Single Leg Good Mornings

Stand on one leg, knee slightly bent, with your hands behind your head.

Keeping your back flat and elbows spread slowly tip over at your hips.

Once your upper body is parallel to the ground extend back to the starting

Repeat several reps and then switch sides.

Knees To Elbows

Grab a chin-up bar with both hands and hang there.

Than using your abs, curl your lower body up to the bar.

When your elbows touch your knees slowly lower your legs back to the starting
position. Repeat. - All Rights Reserved 53


Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Drop down onto your hands and feet, then thrust your feet back so you are in a
pushup position.

Thrust your feet back in and then stand up.

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Wheel Rollouts

Using an ab wheel, grab the handles and bring the wheel to your feet.

Slowly roll the wheel forward until it hits the wall.

Keeping your feet in place, bring the wheel back to the starting position at your

Swing Jack knife

Start in a push up position with your feet up on the swing.

Keeping your body flat (do not round your back) bring your knees to your chest.

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Mountain Climbers

Start in a normal push up position.

With a rapid tempo, first bring your right foot up to your right hand.

Now bring your left foot up to your left hand. Repeat.

Hand Stand Push Ups

Place both hands in the floor in front of a wall.

Using your feet, walk your legs up the wall into a push up position.

Slowly lower the top of your head to the ground.

Lightly tap the ground with your head and then push your body back up to the
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Single Leg / Pistol Squat

Stand with your feet slightly greater than shoulder-width apart.

Pick one foot off the ground and extend that foot forward.

Contract your glutes, brace your abs and keep your spine in a neutral position.

Extend your arms forward or to the sides to increase your balance.

Start the movement at the hip joint. Push your butt back and “sit back as if you
were sitting on a chair”. Squat slowly and focus on balance.

Squat until your thigh is parallel to the floor, but keep your lower back flat.

Push with your buttocks, hamstrings, and quadriceps to return to the start

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Single Leg Hip Extension

Get on your back with your heels up on the bench.

Raise your glutes off the floor by squeezing your butt.

Swing Curls

Lie on your back with your heels up on the swing.

Raise your glutes off the floor by squeezing your butt.

Keeping your hips off the floor bring your heels under your body.

Extend fully while keeping your hips off the floor. Repeat. - All Rights Reserved 58

Core Holds (front & side)


Lie on your stomach on a mat.

Raise your body in a straight line and rest your bodyweight on your elbows and
toes so that your body hovers over the mat.

Keep your back straight and your hips up. Hold (brace) your abs tight.

Contract them as if someone was about to punch you in the stomach, but breath

Hold this position for the recommended amount of time or 10 seconds if you are
doing multiple repetitions.


Lie on a mat on your right side.

Support your bodyweight with your knees and on your right elbow.

Raise your body in a straight line so that your body hovers over the mat.

Keep your back straight and your hips up. Hold your abs tight. Contract them as if
someone was about to punch you in the stomach, but breath normally.

Hold this position for the recommended amount of time or 8-10 seconds if you
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Inverted or Modified Rows

Set a bar at hip height in the smith machine or squat rack.

Lie underneath the bar and grab it a few inches wider than shoulder-width apart.

Row yourself up the top position with your upper back and lats.

Keep the abs braced and body in a straight line from toes (knees) to shoulders.

Slowly return to the start position.

Partner Glute Ham Raise

Kneel on the floor in front of your partner.

Have your partner hold your feet down at the heels.

Then lower your body to the ground using your hands to brace yourself.

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Chin Ups

Take underhand grip on the bar with the palms facing you.

Pull your body up until the chest reaches bar level.

Slowly lower yourself but do not let your body swing and do not use momentum.

V Ups

Lie on your back with your arms extended over your head.

Simultaneously bring your straight arms and legs up to the top.

When you achieve a V position with your body, slowly lower your body back to
the starting position. - All Rights Reserved 61

Box Jumps

Standing in front of a 24” box; jump upon the box with both feet.

Jump backwards off the box to the starting position. Repeat.

Step Ups

Stand in front of a 24” box.

Place one foot on top of the box.

While leaning into the up leg, push off the foot to elevate your whole body.

Slowly lower the opposite leg into the starting position.

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Band Good Mornings

Wrap a band under your feet and around your neck, like suspenders.

Slowly tip over at your hips while keeping your back flat.

Once you’ve reached 90 degrees, return to the starting position. Repeat.

Band Squats

Wrap a band under your feet and around your neck, like suspenders.

Slowly sink your hips and bend your knees into a squat position.

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Mitochondrial density: This refers to the number of mitochondria found in the

cells. Since mitochondria are what provide the energy our bodies need, to do the

things we do, the greater the mitochondrial density, the more energy we have

available to work with—this is particularly beneficial to training.

Type-III muscle: Type-III muscle fibers are a hybrid muscle fiber with

characteristics of the other three fibers. They’re great for explosive movements

and power that come from Types-IIA and -IIB, plus they’ve got some of the

aerobic endurance characteristics of Type-I muscle fibers

Sustained strength: This is a particular type of strength that can be sustained

over long periods of time as needed.

Long strength: This is “the ability to exert significant strength for an extended

period of time.” It is achieved through specific types of hybrid training that

incorporate multiple training philosophies.

Hybrid muscle: This is a type of muscle that you develop through training

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training philosophies. Hybrid muscle behaves like a combination of the various

types of muscle fibers, exhibiting the best characteristics of them all.

Hybrid cardio: This is a type of cardio training that incorporates both aerobic and

anaerobic activities. It is used to develop sustained or long strength.

Max effort cardio/conditioning: This is a specific type of cardio training

performed at maximum effort for a sustained time period, not just the short bursts

you commonly see in interval training. Like hybrid cardio, it fosters the

development of sustained or long strength.

Powerbuilding: Powerbuilding is a form of hybrid training that combines

elements of both powerlifting and bodybuilding. It’s designed to help you pack on

both size and power.

Super Muscle: This is another name for Type-III muscle, which is a hybrid

muscle fiber that has characteristics of both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle

fibers, making them capable of sustaining strength for extended periods of time.

Mitochondria: These are what are known as the cellular powerhouses.

Mitochondria produce the energy-rich molecule adenosine triphosphate, or ATP,

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Strongman: This is a specific type of training where the goal is to perform feats

of strength and endurance. Activities might include sled dragging, tire flipping, or

tossing large, heavy objects into the air. Strongman is a functional type of training

because, to a degree, the activities mimic real-life activities and involve

compound movements that recruit multiple muscle groups.

Powerlifting: Another specialized form of training, with the goal of lifting

incredibly heavy weights focusing on three key movements—the bench press,

the squat, and the deadlift. The training is designed to maximize strength in each

of these movements for the performance of one repetition.

Bodybuilding: This type of training emphasizes muscle growth. The goal here is

to maximize the appearance of the muscles, not necessarily to improve strength

or functionality.

EDT (Escalated Density Training): This is a type of training that is based on the

concept of doing more and more work from workout to workout.

Hybrid exercises: These are exercises that seek to take the best of the most

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cardio, taking only the best elements while overcoming the inherent deficiencies

of each.

G-flux: G-flux is short for the term “energy flux,” which refers to the amount of

energy flowing into and out of our bodies. It’s about achieving a higher level

energy balance to maximize muscle growth and fat burning.

Strength endurance: This is another way of referring to hybrid training routines

that combine both strength and endurance activities. Progressively increasing the

weight and reducing the rest period before sets is one form of strength

endurance training.

Type-1: The Type-I muscle fiber is known as a slow-twitch (ST) fiber, meaning

that it contracts slowly. Slow-twitch fibers also have a high resistance to fatigue.

Type-2a: This is a fast-twitch fiber, contracting faster than Type-I fibers. These

fibers are resistant to fatigue but not as resistant as Type-I fibers.

Type-2b: Also a fast-twitch fiber, these contract quickly and have low resistance

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Type-2c: This one is interesting—its origins are unknown. Some researchers

theorize that it may be an uncommitted primitive fiber with the capacity to develop

into either a type-2a or a type-1 fiber.

White fibers: This refers to the fast-twitch muscle fibers that contract faster than

red fibers. Type-2b fibers are white fibers. They are less resistant to fatigue than

red fibers.

Red fibers: This refers to the slow-twitch muscle fibers that contract slowly and

are resistant to fatigue. Red fibers include Type-1 and Type-2a muscle fibers.

Highland games: The Highland games are held at various times throughout the

year to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture. The games began in the Scottish

Highlands sometime in the 11th century. Because they’re somewhat similar, the

games could be considered forerunners of modern strongman competitions.

Energy flux (g-flux): This is a concept pioneered by John Berardi. It is

commonly referred to as g-flux. The idea is to increase both your daily calorie

intake and calorie burning capacity to achieve a higher level of fat loss and

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Volume: Volume is the number of sets multiplied by the number of reps per set.

If you’re doing a 10 x 10 routine than you’re total volume would be 100 reps.

Rest Interval: The amount of time that occurs between: sets, exercises,

complexes, or circuits.

Intensity: For the purpose of this book, intensity refers to the amount of weight

used. High intensity would mean heavier weight. Lower intensity would mean

using lower weight. This is relative to the person lifting the weight.

Concurrent Periodization: Concurrent means simultaneously and periodization

refers to timeframes. With hybrid workouts we look at time periods from three

perspectives—a single training session, a micro-cycle (one week), and a macro-

cycle (multiple weeks).

Micro-Cycle: A micro-cycle consists of one-week of training sessions.

Macro-Cycle: A macro-cycle consists of multiple weeks of training sessions. - All Rights Reserved 69


Well, several months ago I met up with my now good friend Elliott Hulse

who is the owner of a warehouse gym in my area called Strength Camp. Elliott is

a pro strongman by the way. Anyhow, I started watching some of the workouts

he was putting his clients through. This wasn’t like anything I had really seen

before. They weren’t using your typical gym equipment. They were carrying odd

objects, loading sandbags, dragging sleds and doing all kinds of exercises that

looked like half resistance training and half cardio training.

I told Elliott I wanted to try some of the “Warrior Training” methods. He

grinned and it’s no surprise Elliott and I hit it off right away and started doing

some workouts together. - All Rights Reserved 70

We’d combine my strength building exercises with his max effort

resistance cardio techniques to come up with some pretty sick training sessions.

The fat has been melting off and I’m still maintaining my strength for amateur

powerlifting so I think it’s safe to say we’re on to something here. It has worked

for us and it has worked for others, so it will probably work for you too.

We call this system Lean Hybrid Muscle.

You can learn more about this training style that combines powerlifting,

bodybuilding and strongman at this link:

If you want to maintain the ripped physique you’ve built with this body

weight program but would like to add some more strength and muscle size I think

the Lean Hybrid Muscle system will make a nice follow up plan for you. - All Rights Reserved 71