Hybrid: trois variations
I was consolidating paper and decided to post before I threw stuff out. Here are three programs that I have used or written (and received subsequent positive feedback).
1. My judo program
This is what I'll be using this year for general conditioning. My lead up program will change a bit, but this will be my base.
Barbell complex, 5x8 ascending
Working up to a max set of 8 on your fifth set of a 48-rep complex will force you to become a man, even if you're a woman. Or a CFing male. It is appropriate for any worthwhile pursuit I can think of.
Dips (tempo) + pullups
5 week cycle: 4 weeks on, 1 deload
Week 1: A1 B1 C1
Week 2: D1 A2 B2, etc.
1, 2, 3 tracks 531 for strength and something like the EZ program for WL. Conditioning depends on where I am in my tourney cycle.
2. Strong back hybrid
Complex, 5x3 ascending
I got obsessed with a sturdy back and trunk the second half of last year. It was fun. If you think seeing your traps through a parka is worth smashing yourself into the ground, this program is for you. 3 weeks on/1 deload. And deload here equals damn near no activity.
PS Drink beer and eat 2+ pounds of meat daily.
PPS You need to be really really good at recovering.
3. The EZ program
I wrote this for a formerly strong buddy who had run his muscle off. He wanted strength progressions, OL practice, and general conditioning that would still allow him to work in extra sessions of trail running or kettle-nut swinging. 3 weeks on/1 deload. I like this one a lot.
Thanks for posting this. The EZ hybrid looks like it could be really useful for me.
The EZ plan has been great for me over the past 2 months. I superset squat and bench on day 1. And only hit the conditioning every other Tuesday due to time constraints.
As well as the ascending weight complex I'm pretty sure the ME+Tempo+Prowler will be a bitch!
Nice, I'll have to try out the first two sometime. The EZ program is very similar to what I'm doing now, but with slightly less volume.
If you check in at any point, I just had a quick question on the EZ program.
for your buddy, did he have any recovery issues getting 3 days in of lifting/week? You said he was still fitting in some KBs and trail running, but was there ever a time that he may have had to extend his lifting schedule over maybe an 8-10 day period?
Every once in a while things have to get changed because of this. Even people who are just lifting may have to go to 2 days/week at 2 workouts per day when they are working out to allow more time for recovery.
That's why I was asking. To see if anything like this had come up before.
Nice work Gant, the hybrid evolves again!
I was thinking about going with the Texas Method, but those 5x5s were pretty intense. Recovery might be an issue for me, if my shift night I don't sleep too well (which is almost always a given). This template gives me some wiggle room throughout the week, which I usually utilize. My questions to you are as follows:
-How many days a week are you doing other active stuff? Meaning BJJ, Highland Games prep, or anything else....I like to compete in a variety of stuff, like you; so I'm interested in seeing how you integrate the non-barbell days.
-What would be a good progression with developing my olympic snatch and clean? You list the power versions of both, which IIRC you said you prefer in your original Hybrid thread. Should I start with the Hang Power versions one week, power the next, and then into the olympic versions? I ask because I may try my hand at a masters olympic competiton in the late spring/early summer.
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