Hybrid Performance Method Review (Weightlifting Program) - Phil Hawksworth

Hybrid Performance Method Review (Weightlifting Program)

This video and post is my Hybrid Performance Method Review (https://www.hybridperformancemethod.com/).

I’ve been using the Hybrid Performance Method Weightlifting Program for 10 weeks now.

The first thing I want to say is I have been thoroughly enjoying this program. I’m too old and not strong enough to have any hopes of becoming an international weight lifter in this lifetime, so enjoying my training is my number 1 priority.

I love weightlifting, but some programs can be a grind. The Hybrid Performance Program has been the perfect balance of volume between the classic lifts, strength work and bodybuilding.

 

Strength Work

I’ve noticed a huge benefit from incorporating deadlifts into my program. They’re usually left out of weight lifting programs (replaced by lots of pulls) or programmed in the occasional micro cycle, but not a regular feature.

Some raw strength work seems to have really benefited my lifts and my back musculature. The fact that I was destroyed for 3 days after the first heavy deadlift session tells me I need to do them more often.

The strength work has certainly been paying dividends and nowadays *for me* is where I have most scope to improve.

After 4 years of weightlifting programs and countless thousands of reps,  my technique is now consistent, my mobility is excellent. I could get a hell of a lot stronger though.

Bodybuilding Work

Bodybuilding training full time bores me to tears, but I do like looking jacked. The incorporation of proper bodybuilding (arms, chest, etc), and a lot of high-rep assistance work has got me in probably the best shape I’ve been for a couple of years.

The Hybrid Program has just the write amount of bodybuilding for me to enjoy it, even look forward to it, pack on some muscle, and not overdo my ability to recover or patience for high reps and the burning of lactic acid in my muscles.

 

Downsides of Hybrid Performance Method

The initial few weeks consisted of so many power variations, it is probably not the best for anyone who is new to lifting and still learning proper technique.

The urge to try and send the bar as high as possible, by any means possible, is not the same thing as getting underneath it as efficiently as possible.

That’s the only real downside I have noticed in these first 10 weeks. Even that, only 2 months of a program is not enough to classify it as an issue with the whole program. I was stretching to find something to put in this section.

Results

For context, my training the last 2 years has been utterly inconsistent. I travel the world and will sometimes be in cities where I cannot find a gym to lift in.

Sometimes I’ve gone 3 months without doing any snatch or clean and jerk at all. If I’m on the move a lot, I tend to do very little training at all, not even getting to the bodybuilding gym much.

That said, I’m now the strongest I have been since I left home and began travelling. I’m also in the best shape, both in regard muscularity and body fat.

Of course there are other variables involved in my body composition (food, consistency of training, how much I drink/party).

At around 77kg my best lifts are 102/120. I’m able to do 100/115 on a consistent basis right now, so new PR’s are there for the taking when I put it together on a day I max out.

 

Overall Hybrid Performance Method Review

I’m very happy with how the program is going, thoroughly enjoying my training and looking forward to getting stronger and back to my best over the coming weeks.

If you want to check out the Hybrid Performance Method they have programs for Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Crossfit and general performance over at https://www.hybridperformancemethod.com/.

They’re fun and super good value too.

 

Update

2 days after writing this I got a new snatch PR, 104kg, and a 6kg total PR too.

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  • Ken Anthony

    Phil- great review! how long is the average workout duration on this program? Thanks for the info! -Ken

  • Ken Anthony

    Also I have a garage gym with a Rogue rig, adjustable bench, Oly bar, sufficient bumper plates, a C2, rings, and a landmine. But I’m somewhat limited on dumbbells and kettlebells. Can you give me an idea of the required equipment? Thanks again.

    • Hey Ken, Rest periods aren’t prescribed so it somewhat depends on how fit/lazy you are, but I usually spend about 90 minutes training.

      Dumbbells are used sometimes, but it’s only assistance work, so you can easily just replace with a bar. Equipment is barbell, squat stands/rack, pull up bar, bench, Dumbbells.

      • Ken Anthony

        Thanks for the quick response and info, Phil. Cheers!

  • Hey Ken, Rest periods aren’t prescribed so it somewhat depends on how fit/lazy you are, but I usually spend about 90 minutes training.

    Dumbbells are used sometimes, but it’s only assistance work, so you can easily just replace with a bar. Equipment is barbell, squat stands/rack, pull up bar, bench, Dumbbells

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