How to Adapt Hybrid Training for Ectomorphs Struggling to Build Muscle

By Terry Grant

“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strongest. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.” – Unknown

While we know Hybrid Muscle Training is Awwwesome for athletes and martial artists OR even your average weekend warrior (who wants to be as strong as he looks)… YOU might be wondering if this type of training is appropriate for the ectomorph, whose main purpose is to put some meat on his bones!


I mean, after all is said and done…. Elliott Hulse and Mike Westerdal (the creators of Lean Hybrid Muscle Program) are NOT ectomorphs. In fact, they are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They are endomorphs and basically have the opposite problem of your average hardgainer. Meaning… instead of finding it difficult to build muscle, these guys find it easy to gain weight… muscle and fat. The difficulty for the endomorph is staying lean as they can gain fat just by looking at a donut! 




That’s why if you purchased the Lean Hybrid Muscle program I would caution you to CUT BACK on some of the volume contained in the training program. All of the information is GREAT and really informative, however, after reviewing the program I think this is a little too much high intensity conditioning for your average ectomorph.

If you’re a very athletic and experienced ectomorph… you might be the exception. If you’re a beginner, weekend warrior, or desperately struggling to gain weight, then I highly caution you to avoid following the programming to a T.

Please don’t misunderstand me… this is AWESOME program designing done by Elliott Hulse, a strength coach in Florida who runs his own warehouse gym called Strength Camp. He knows what he is doing and has the track record to back it up.

Mike Westerdal is no joke either! He is the founder of the Critical Bench website and knows how to help guys build muscle, get strong and lean.

My only point is that the super, skinny guy doesn’t have the recovery capacity for this volume of training and should tailor back the program to 2-3 days a week of strength training and limit how much “resistance cardio” OR “strongman conditioning” they do.

Remember, Lean Hybrid Muscle is a FAT BURNING program at heart and was designed to get you ripped while simultaneously building muscle! It works brilliantly ‘as is’ for mesomorphs and endomorphs.

So, if your goal is to get lean and ripped than you can keep more of the conditioning stuff in the program as your recovery capacity allows: In other words, if you’re an ectomorph using the Lean Hybrid Muscle program… be sure to train hard yet take precautions to avoid over training!

How can Hybrid Muscle Training help Skinny Guys Gain Muscle?

With my Awakened Warrior Workout (soon to be revealed), I’m am taking somewhat of the opposite approach and tailoring it for the Hardgainer whose primary goal is to pack on some pounds.

The Awakened Warrior program is designed to build muscle first and foremost, while adding just enough conditioning to keep your cardiovascular system healthy, promote athleticism, functional strength and keep fat gains to minimum.

To reemphasize what I stated above, this style of training can be of a great benefit to the ectomorph who is:

#1: Interested in this style of functional warrior training,

#2: Wants to gain size and strength while improving conditioning.

#3: Desires to be as strong and athletic as they look

All you have to do in this case is limit how much conditioning you do!

If your main goal is to PACK ON SIZE AND STRENGTH, you MUST limit the amount of conditioning work that you do to a degree. The more conditioning work you do, the more it will have a detrimental effect on your primary goal of gaining muscular size and strength.

Now that doesn’t mean you can’t do any conditioning at all… it just means you need to KEEP IT TO A MINIMUM until you get bigger and stronger. Simple concept right?

After you build the muscle you desire, then you can work at increasing your conditioning and athletic capacity. Once you have packed on 20-30 pounds you can switch your focus to shredding off any accumulated fat and getting your six pack to pop!

In the next post I’m going to reveal how to build muscle using this type of “Hybrid Training.” I’m currently using such a program for my own goals of becoming an Awakened Warrior.

I’ll also wrap up these 3 part series by unleashing “The Awakened Warrior Workout.”


This is the program I’m using to gain another 20-30lbs and train for the upcoming Warriors Dash race in August. I’ll post a blog about the Warriors Dash sometime soon, for now I’ll just mention that it is a 3 mile race with 11 obstacles to overcome and you get a free beer and turkey leg at the end… hey that’s ALL you had to say!  

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