Posted on July 30, 2009 by hybridfitness
Our friends at Exerbotics recently did an interview with David Barr from Muscle & Fitness. We tried the Exerbotics equipment at the recent IHRSA convention in San Francisco and posted a video about it. Suffice it to say, the Exerbotics equipment is hands-down the best line of strength training machines we’ve ever tried.
Here’s what David Barr from Muscle & Fitness had to say about it
Here’s the link to the original blog post (and video) we shot at IHRSA.
Do yourself a favor and try the Exerbotics machines if you get a chance. It will change the way you view strength training, I guarantee it.
Keep training hard!
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Posted on July 17, 2009 by hybridfitness
This is a project we’ve been working on for a while now. BlackJack Fitness will be launching next week. BlackJack is custom training protocol from Hybrid’s very own Liam “Taku” Bauer. The BlackJack program is awesome at building incredible conditioning & shedding pounds and comes complete with pre-made training circuits, detailed nutrition plan, movement descriptions, printable workout templates, meal ideas for breakfast, lunch & dinner and tons more.
The book is over 130 pages in length and, unlike many, many other ebooks and programs, this one is ALL INFORMATION! What do I mean by that? Well, most ebooks that I’ve either purchased or seen have about 60-70% information and 30-40% ads and “filler” at the end. BlackJack is all business. No ads, no filler, no BS. Best of all, it can be tapered to fit virtually any fitness level. I’ve tried it and I’ve ran clients of all levels through it. It works every time. I adapted it to a corporate bootcamp as well with exactly the same results.
It adheres to the Hybrid Fitness motto of “Low Tech Tools / High Performance Results”, meaning you don’t need to spend a bunch of money on equipment. In fact, you don’t have to spend any money on equpment if you don’t want to.
Check it out: ——–> BlackJack Fitness
Sign in and we’ll let you know when it goes live next week.
Thanks and keep training hard!
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Posted on July 14, 2009 by hybridfitness
Question: What is the optimal way to combine strength training with training for other specific sports, to achieve the best results?
Answer: Under ideal conditions sport specific training sessions such as sprinting or MMA would take place in the morning and strength training would occur in the afternoon. There should be approximately a four hour break between the morning skill session and the afternoon strength session. Follow each training day with a full day’s rest.*
An example would be to wake after a good nights sleep at 7:00 – 8:00 am. Eat breakfast. Take care of business. Perform your sport specific training between 10:00 and 12:00. Eat a light lunch at 12:30 pm and strength train around 4:00 – 5:00 pm. The following day would be a rest and recovery day which may consist of light activities such as, working on strategy, tactics or polishing sport specific mechanics. Stretching is also recommended.
This type of every other day schedule produces excellent results across broad populations by allowing intense training combined with a great deal of recovery. Most people however, due to the inconvenience of training twice in one day, would rather practice or play their sport on one day and strength train and condition on the next. Some will try to do both activities in the same day but without adequate rest between sessions. Neither of these methods has proved to be superior with regards to results, when compared to the first method discussed above.
*As noted in the example session above, active recovery on rest days is a good idea as long as intensity is kept very low.
PAU for NOW
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Posted on July 8, 2009 by hybridfitness
By now almost everyone knows that exercise is not only good for you, but it is important for the attainment and maintenance of optimal health levels. With this being said it still amazes me how many people do not take the time to include some form of regular, daily exercise into their lives. Not only do people not make time for exercise, they expend a lot of energy and waste a lot of time making excuses for why they can’t.
Below are eight ways to find more time to exercise. I could write a paragraph (or perhaps a page) on each of these but I am going to keep this short and sweet.
1. Watch less T.V.
2. Eliminate mindless phone chit-chat
3. While you’re at it eliminate mindless texting, IMing
4. Plan ahead
5. Have a sense of urgency
6. Consume nutritious food
7. Recognize that you do have time
8. Schedule exercise into your weekly regimen
There you have it, short and sweet, just like I said. An easy way to work on these items is to start at the top of the list and work on that one concept for a week. Each week keep the previous weeks work going while you add the next item on the list to your weekly focus. By putting a small amount of effort into each one of the eight items listed above I am sure you will quickly find that you do indeed have some time in your life to exercise. The truth is if you really want to get the most out of your life; you can’t afford not to exercise.
The time is always there…you just need to find it.
PAU for NOW
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Posted on July 1, 2009 by hybridfitness
H.I.T. is a safe, efficient and effective form of strength training based on workouts that are brief, intense, and infrequent. Because of their
efficiency H.I.T. style workouts provide maximum benefit in minimum time. This has many advantages for both the general health and
fitness enthusiast as well as the highly competitive athlete.
For coaches and athletes, utilizing H.I.T. based protocols allows more time to be devoted to all other sport requirements including skill
training, strategy and tactics and any other conditioning needs that may be required. Due to their brief and infrequent application H.I.T.
based protocols also allow for maximum recovery time which promotes rapid improvements as well as a lower likelihood of over training.
Finally due to their ability to provide maximum benefit with minimum volume and frequency; H.I.T. based protocols may be easily adapted to in season training allowing for greater maintenance of higher performance levels throughout the duration of the athletic season and if needed, post season as well.
For the general fitness enthusiast, the brief and efficient H.I.T. based workouts mean more time to devote to all other aspects of ones life. Effective H.I.T based strength training programs can be easily accomplished in as little as one hour per week. (yes, you read that correctly!)
- Brief – 1-3 sets of a few basic exercises performed in an hour or less.
- Intense – as hard as possible in good form. The key for most is performing quality repetitions to a point of volitional fatigue.
- Infrequent – No more than three times per week, often times two, or even one.
- Safe – HIT is intended to be an extremely productive protocol, but also one that stresses safety. One of the fundamental goals of strength training is to prevent or limit potential injury.
- Execution – Repetitions should be done in a controlled fashion so that continuous tension is placed on the muscles. We advocate a 3-5 second count for both the concentric (lifting) and eccentric (lowering) phase of each movement. Regardless of the actual repetition speed, the key is performing quality repetitions to a point of volitional fatigue.
So there it is. For more information on H.I.T training and how to maximize you training efficiency, join the Hybrid Fitness community and see what you’ve been missing.
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