New Video on Exerbotics (from Muscle & Fitness)

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!


Exerbotics in Muscle & Fitness

Hey Everyone:

Just a quick note to bring an article to your attention.  Muscle and Fitness recently did a review on a bunch of new equipment that debuted at IHRSA 2009 a couple months ago.  Amazingly, they reviewed almost all of the same stuff we did…except we did it first!

Anyhow, the line of strength equipment from Exerbotics was very well liked.  Muscle and Fitness went so far as to call it the “gym of the future”.  It’s unlikely that many of you have tried any of the Exerbotics pieces, considering they just came out, but if you get the chance, I highly suggest you give them a shot.  Be prepared to blown away at the effectiveness of the line.  The whole Exerbotics team was very hospitable -they let us hang out for a long time and try all the pieces.  We were totally blown away by the effectiveness of the equipment and yes, the next couple days we were sore as hell.

I’ll be posting a video of a small block of time we spent trying out the Exerbotics stuff.

In the meantime, here’s the article from M&F.

Be on the lookout for the video which I’ll post a bit later today.  You can see all of the other IHRSA 2009 videos on Hybrid’s YouTube Channel.

Keep training hard!


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How to execute the perfect REP

Today I am talking about the most fundamental component of training there is, the rep. If you want to achieve maximum success from your training as well as enjoy continued progress over the long term then how you execute each rep is very important.

Below I will outline the rules I use when teaching people how to strength train properly.

Rep Rules

1. Raise the weight in a smooth and deliberate manner. Avoid sudden or jerky movements. Eliminate the use of any momentum.

2. Pause momentarily in the muscles fully-contracted position.

3. Slowly make the transition from raising the weight to lowering the weight. Do not suddenly drop the weight.

4. Emphasize the lowering of the weight. The muscles that raise the weight are the same muscles used to lower the weight.

5. Raise and lower the weight through the full range of motion* provided by each exercise. Always move through your maximum range of motion provided that you are in complete control of the weight at all times and you are pain free.

I recommend that you raise and lower the weight taking roughly 3-5 seconds in both the positive and negative phase. This means that each rep will take between 6-10 seconds to complete.

For absolute beginners or those coming back from a lay-off or recovering from injury I recommend  starting with the slower speeds (5 seconds up, 5 seconds down). To assist beginners with their learning of these slower style repetitions I will often use a metronome. I set the metronome for a sixty beat count (one beat per second); this way they can easily match their movements to the cadence set by the metronome.

If you have never tried using slow controlled movement when lifting weights you may be in for a shock. First you may find you have to drop your poundage on many exercises as this low force method will increase the tension the muscles experience. Second be prepared for a serious case of the DOMS when training to failure in this style.

Remember how you execute each repetition is the most fudamental aspect of your strength training. Train smart, train safe and reap the rewards that strength training has to offer.

As a side note, there are other training methods, such as Olympic weight lifting and kettlebell training, that specifically require fast, explosive repetitions.  We’re not discounting those methods in the slightest.  In fact, we personally train this way quite often when using strength implements to enhance metabolic conditoning.

*There are times when breaking the range of motion into segments can be an effective way to enhance muscle recruitment and increase intensity. For more on this methodology check out Zone Training