Step up to the Bar

Part One: Back to Strength training basics

One bar, ten exercises, two workouts a week; this workout is about as basic as they come. Do not be fooled by the seeming simplicity. Like most good programs this one is capable of delivering powerful results.

Workout 1. (Tuesday) 3 sets of 6-8 reps. Rest 90 seconds between sets.

Bench Press
Bent-Over Row
Calf Raise
Full Contact twists

Workout 2. (Friday) 3 sets of 6-8 reps. Rest 90 seconds between sets.

Standing Press
Close Grip Bench
Standing Curls

You can use this workout to accomplish just about any goal from getting a little toned to improving your performance in athletics or perhaps the development of raw, brute strength.

Although this workout may seem to lack variety the fact is that other then using a single Barbell for every exercise there are almost no limits. Each of the movements selected has at least 3-5 versions to choose from which means over the course of a year you could create hundreds of different workouts using this same basic template. Add to this that the set and rep schemes can also be varied over a broad continuum and you can see the power of this routine.

Tune in soon for Part two: Adding conditioning to your plan. Till then enjoy your strength training the way it was meant to be, pure, simple and productive.

PAU for Now



Must See Movie!

All of us here at Hybrid Fitness are major Movie buffs. I think I have seen every single movie that Hollywood has put out this summer. Every now and then you get one that is relatively entertaining like Iron Man or the Dark Knight but for the most part they are junk.

Living where I do in Northern California I am lucky enough to be surrounded by theaters that show a wide variety of independant films as well as the usual main stream schlock. I was recently lucky enough to catch one such independant release that I really enjoyed.

Bigger Stronger Faster is a film about much more then steroids and their use, misuse and abuse. It is a film about American culture and our obsession to win at all costs. It takes a close look at the ideas we have about drugs, winning, and a lot more. This film is not a pro-steroid film as some have said, nor is it anti-steroid. I feel it is presented in a relatively even tone and lets the viewer draw their own conclusions.

Rotten Tomatoes says “Bigger Stronger Faster” is a fascinating, informative, entertaining and especially introspective account of the American “enhancement” culture.

Let’s face it. Hollywood movies come and go but rarely do they leave a lasting impression. This is one of the few films that I have actually bothered to see more then once. Do your self a favor and go see this film. You might just learn something.