Hybrid Muscle Training for Hardgainers

By Terry Grant

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”
– Bruce Lee

I hope you’ve been following along with the guest posts on the blog by Mike Westerdal, the co-creator of Lean Hybrid Muscle. If you missed them… well than you really messed up!


Only kidding  … here’s the links below:

It’s Time to Get Primal!

Hybrid Muscle Training For Athletes and Martial Artists

The Superiority of Functional Strength Versus Gym Strength

This type of hybrid training is something that a lot of the top strength coaches are moving towards. I, myself, have been using hybrid training in my own personal quest to develop “Super Hybrid Muscles.”

One of the top coaches whose training philosophy I really like is Jason Ferruggia. Jason has trained a ton of combat athletes and even wrote a book geared towards mixed martial artists called “Fit to Fight.”

Ferruggia’s training style  is also very hybrid-like itself (in my opinion), even if he doesn’t refer to it in such a way.  I’ve never really used that term “hybrid” either, yet this is what Mike and Elliott like to call it… and I, for one, am NOT going to argue with these huge behemoths!

So, in honor of the successful release of Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded I decided to unleash my own “hybrid-style” training program that is a mixture of everything I’ve learned so far.  I’m calling this The Awakened Warrior Workout and I’ll reveal it VERY SOON!

What this “hybrid” stuff really refers to is a mixture of many different styles of training. It’s like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in a sense, yet for the weight training crowd.

Instead of just Karate…. you’re mixing Karate with Wrestling, Judo, and Boxing (for example) to create a Mixed Martial Art that is superior to any of the individual styles by themselves. In fact, you’re transcending or rising above the individual styles to become a more evolved martial artist.

Well, with Hybrid Workouts you’re combining various elements of Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Strongman training, Martial Arts, or whatever else you want to combine it with… could be anything that you think would provide a benefit.

For example I like to add elements of Strength training, Bodyweight Exercises, Ring Training, Strongman, Kickboxing, Aikido, Tai Chi and even Yoga (dare I say it!) However, you can gear it towards whatever sports and athletic pursuits YOU are training for and are interested in.

Hybrid Training is a cool approach that has been around since the times of the ancient warriors like the Spartans, Romans and Vikings, yet in the modern world it had long been forgotten.

It fell into the underground… where ONLY the few lucky warriors had access to this style of training. Fortunately, it’s moving out of the shadows of the dark underground gyms and dojos making it’s way to the masses

MMA Athletes, Football players, Cross Fit, the Military and other combat athletes are making this integrated style of training more popular again as well.

Bruce Lee is considered by many to be one of original fathers of MMA because he believed so strongly in the mixture and integration of multiple styles and philosophies. He studied many arts, which he eventually morphed into his own “formless style” known as Jeet Kune Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist.)

He believed that having a set way of thinking or training was only putting limitations on yourself. He used to tell his students “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

Bruce would then go on to say:

“Styles tend to only separate men – because they have their own doctrines and then the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But if you do not have a style, if you just say:

Well, here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely? Now, that way you won’t create a style, because style is a crystallization. That way, it’s a process of continuing growth.”

So basically, we’re taking the Bruce Lee philosophy and applying it to our strength and conditioning methods:

“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” -Bruce Lee

When you take such an approach to training you no longer limit yourself to one view point or method. You take the best from the various styles available and you combine them into your own “Hybrid Training” style or philosophy that is a culmination of all styles. Hopefully, the term is starting to make more sense to you now!

The good news is that you can apply this understanding to all areas of your life (spiritual, career, financial, relationships, etc.)… and not just training. Keep that in mind!

In the next post I am going to tell you how to modify hybrid muscle training for the ectomorph that is struggling to gain weight.  With a few alterations you can incorporate these “hybrid” methods into your training program without zapping ALL of your strength and size gains.

In fact, it should help you build an even more functional and athletic appearance. So, stay tuned for that….

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