Lean Hybrid Muscle For Guys Over 40

Under Burn Fat/Fat Burning, Exercises To Build Muscle, Supplements

Words can’t describe how awesome I feel when I get totally unsolicited comments on my Youtube Channel or Facebook wall from dudes who have used Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded AND have gotten kick-ass results.

Check out this one that one of your fellow “Hybrid Musclemen” left over on my YouTube Channel last week.

Our good friend, who lost almost 30 pounds of fat, comment got me thinking about how many dedicated men over 40 are using our system and getting extraordinary results too!

Hey, did you know that about 50% of LHM users are between the ages of 40-55? (based on a survey I did back in February)

Now, I can’t vouch for every man over 40 and claim that they are ALL getting results like this… in fact I would bet that less than 20% are actually even following the system as it was designed.

That’s not to say that guys over 40 can’t do it… It’s just that the cross section of EVERY population tends to evolve to support the age-old 80/20 Rule.  (Only 20% of the people who commit to anything actually see it through… and I would bet that the percentage is even close to 10%)

Well, if you ARE a 40+ dude and you haven’t begun implementing the Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded system and need a little motivation…. I’ve decided to post a few pictures a guy over 40 that inspires me and may perhaps give you the kick-in-the-ass to get going with your personal evolution as well.

Neil Orkin, 43 (Strength Camp member, has been training “hybrid” with me for about 4 years):

When Neil first walked into my gym… I was WAY prejudiced of him.

I though to myself, “this fat bastard won’t last a week!”

Boy, did he prove me wrong!

Not only did Neil last more than a week (going on 4 years now), but he has had the most impressive physical transformation of anyone that busts their ass at my gym.  I gotta tell you the truth though… Neil didn’t make this transformation happen by simply following a 90 day workout plan.

Neil had become OBSESSED with training!

And in my opinion, nothing significant EVER happens unless you become somewhat obsessed with MAKING it happen.

Neil was not happy with the way he looked, he joined my gym (where I follow Hybrid Muscle Training in its many forms, right now I am focused on relative body weight strength and conditioning) and then held onto his commitment like a mad man until he got what he wanted.

Neil experienced several ups-and-downs along the way, but he kept his eyes on the prize!

So, what do ya think?

[+] If you made the type of die hard commitment to your strength and fitness goals could you get even 1/2 the results that Neil experienced?

[+] Are you willing to “become obsessed” with becoming The Best Version Of Yourself?

[+] What excuses / rationalizations are you telling yourself that is holding you back from becoming leaner, healthier and more vital?

Not enough time? BULLSHIT, Neil runs several business and has three children under the age of 10!

Not sure where to start? BULLSHIT, Neil follows the exact types of workouts I share with you in LHM Reloaded

Too Old? — Well, I bet you know what my answer to that would be!

If you are over 40… then I am talking to you!

I want to hear about your successes, challenges and what your most important fitness goals are.

Post your comments below… I’m looking forward to supporting you to become the best and strongest YOU that you have ever been… no matter what age you are.


38 Comments Add yours

  1. Per
    May 2, 2011
    2:36 pm

    Yo Elliot, I’m not over 40, I have a lot of time and I work my butt off in the gym and seeing great results.


    As I read this post and concerning the “not enough time” excuse and about Neil having 3 kids and knowing that you have children too, how about a post about how to combine a fairly frequent amount of training with kids? The impression I’ve got is that you’re a “4 sessions a week minimum”-kind of guy yourself and since I’m about to become a dad in late october, it would be great to be equipped with some good tips on how to combine parenting and exercise. I know it depends a lot on ones life situation etc but creative tips and eye-openers are always welcome.

    Thanks in advance!



    leanhybr Reply:


    Yea, I’ve got 4 children myself… I guess it’s like anything else that
    you make time to do because you are committed to it.

    You choose the things that you value the most over things that
    really don’t matter, but end up stealing your time.

    For example, I love football but I have no idea who has won the
    Super Bowl over the past 5 years… I simply DO NOT watch TV.

    I gave that up when I had children.

    Colleen and I watch the first movie that we’ve seen together in
    almost a year this weekend (Little Focker’s).

    My point is that you’re gonna give up the “lesser for the better”.

    Good luck man!


  2. Izaak R
    May 2, 2011
    2:43 pm


    Great post, I’m not 40 yet but hell, training AND eating the LHM way is now a lifestyle for me. Godwilling, I plan on training this way for the rest of my life. Thank you Elliott and Mike for all that you do! I hope to meet you all in person one day.


  3. Brian Frazier
    May 2, 2011
    2:47 pm

    After knee surgery at 42 and shoulder surgery in my late 30′s I have been to say the least a bit hesitant to do the workouts that I had been doing in the weightroom prior to the injuries. I was told not to bench or squat heavy and to stay away from plyo’s and basketball due to pounding my knees would take. I still hit the weight room 3 times a week and attempt to keep up with my 5 and 8 year old boys. I would be willing to give anything a shot to get down from 241 lbs.at 6′ 1″


    leanhybr Reply:


    You weigh 241 now?

    How much do you need to lose to be your best?


  4. Lawrence
    May 2, 2011
    3:18 pm

    I will be 45 in the very near future and I have 3 kids (21, 14, & 5) with a job that requires 50 hours per week plus being on call 24/7. All my kids are heavily involved in activities at college and school and with sports. I had a period where I had a 3 year layoff and bought into that I am to busy to train crap because of my family and work. This was after training hard since high school. I ballooned up to 230lbs and 28% body fat at only 5’8”. It all didn’t really hit me until I saw a picture of myself with a big old belly. That was enough motivation to get me back at it. I set up my garage as a gym and started what I would now call a modified hybrid training program (at the time the LHM Program was not out) and made training time an event for the entire family. My 2 youngest kids come out with me and I involve them in the process making it fun for them while I work my butt off. They look forward to this time each and every day. What’s better is they are involved in many of the exercises and especially the sprints. I have made huge advances in the last year cutting my body fat down to 13% and now weighing in at 205 and I am still continually making progress. I did battle through aches and pains – but I adapted and kept going. The LHM Program was so similar to what I was doing that I only had to slightly tweak my existing program to implement. Bottom line – the method works and there are no excuses about time. The only problem is when you yourself don’t commit. You can make it happen if you really want it!


  5. Joe
    May 2, 2011
    3:36 pm

    Come up with a good routine for men over 70. I’m 73, hit the gym five times a week, and still going strong. I lost 26 pounds, down to 223 now. I’ve gained 4 inches in my chest and an inch in my arms over the last year, while losing two inches in my waist. It’s fun being the “OLD MAN” at the gym. I still think I can get put on more muscle, and am trying to keep the fat down.


    leanhybr Reply:

    WOW! “old man” ;)

    these are some awesome results Joe! keep up the great work.


  6. phil harris
    May 2, 2011
    3:49 pm

    51 yrs old and just started on LHM – into day 2 of the Maintenance. I have three kids and run my own consulting business – so to work out I get up at 5:00 AM and put in an hour in the mornings. Add in an hour walk or bike ride at night with the wife.

    5′ 08″ 163 lbs – down from 182 a year ago. Now I am trying to add some muscle mass but it is a slow go. I am fighting my hormones – in the medical system and naturopath trying to help out. Despite working out, losing body fat, and eating really strict my growth hormone and testosterone are at the bottom end of normal. I am hoping more intense workouts and hybrid workouts like this are going to help kick it up a notch.

    Bottom line – up for the challenge and looking forward to it. I have hugely enjoyed the first couple of workouts – tired and sore but that just says they are working.


    leanhybr Reply:

    you and i are both up training at the same time phil!

    i’ll keep you in mind tomorrow when we’re pounding the

    keep up the awesome work!


  7. ryan
    May 2, 2011
    4:23 pm

    Hey Jamin I have a question for u although I am not that old I wish to know how exactly do I maintain my weight because I have got my body lean( where I want it to be) but now. I just can’t seem to keep shape any suggestions? That would really help


  8. Ironmike
    May 2, 2011
    4:27 pm

    I’m almost 49 and see the true benefit of intense, practical workouts for people of ANY age. When I was 19-25ish, it was ‘important’ to me to get ‘big’….lots of heavy weight and LOW cardio, tons of buffet visits. What a waste of time! (I was a rubgy player, my weightlifting was counter-productine to speed and endurance) If I’d known THEN what I practice NOW, I’d own the world! For me, now it’s purely functional weightlifting, practical bodyweight exercises and steep hill-sprints (NOT jogging, but gut-wrenching, rocket-powered hill SPRINTS. They work!)

    If I had it all to do over, I’d spend a lot less time doing 405# squats, and more time at 250#, plus hills and various pullups. Shorter gym workouts and more open-air, all-climate sequences. You know, practical exercises.

    Honestly, the most intriguing exercise realm to me these days is parkeur and freerunning– of course, these guys are 2 1/2 times younger than I am, and less breakable.

    Learn, and live. Thanks for the forum guys!


    leanhybr Reply:

    Thanks Iron Mike!

    Hill sprints are the best.


  9. Stephen
    May 2, 2011
    5:05 pm

    I’m truly inspired by these guys that are willing to go beyond their own supposed limitations and take on the challenges LHM provides.
    Between 40 and 55, eh?
    I’m 61 and have done several of your LHM workouts you’ve posted and several variations of those.
    I do Crossfit WOD’s (Workout of the Day), Zach Even-Esh, Smitty, etc. workouts and continue to train like a warrior madman.
    I’ve written to you before and passed on to you how I’ve also been a Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetic for 49 years.
    Continue the great work and passing on the information you provide and best to you and your families.


    leanhybr Reply:

    Thanks Stephen!

    Sounds like you’re on the right path my friend. Keep at it!


  10. Michael
    May 2, 2011
    5:41 pm

    I am 36, 210lb, 25%BF, and a husband with two children (10 and 2). I work a typical 8am-5pm type job but I don’t get to the gym until 10pm most nights. I have sleep apnea so it better for me to train really late rather then really early. This also makes it so I don’t miss any time with my family. My current PRs are: Deadlift 465lb, Squat 355lb, Bench 225lb. My goals by the end of the year are to break 500 with the DL, Squat a four wheeler (405lb), and bench my BW 10 times. Also, I need to ge my %BF in the teens (at least for now).

    Health wise I have been dealing with really bad asthma and allergies. On a live Q&A Elliott told one guy with Crohns to buy a book called “Patient Heal Thyself”. I bough one copy for a friends I have with Crohns and for myself even though I don’t have Crohns. This book also covers asthma and allergies so I am glad I bough myself a copy as well. I am hoping the author’s protocol works for me. Thanks for the suggestion Elliot (even though it was for someone else lol).


    leanhybr Reply:


    Yea, the advice in Jordan Rubin’s book will keep most
    people super healthy.

    Crohn’s or not.


  11. njama
    May 2, 2011
    6:13 pm

    Hey Elliott I am 40, and the worst habit I’ve had since years ago is eating late… and staying up late. Since doing the program I’ve taken off 3percent bodyfat while increasing chest musculature and definition. Getting control of the late nite eating is major and not easy. But that doesn’t mean I give up. Being a fit trainer is very important for obvious reasons but to also show that the older u get does not mean u rollover and stop, u keep pushing towards new goals and for things I didn’t know I asked. The older I get the smarter I train. So like other men and women thanx for the program.


    leanhybr Reply:

    Thanks Njama!


  12. Gary
    May 2, 2011
    7:27 pm

    My name is Gary I am 53, on your email list and need your help. I Was a Fire Prevention Officer for 10 years and had a knee injury. Long story short they forced me to retire and as most of you may know we all loose muscle. That is a genetic thing how do I cure that. I have been reading your emails for a few months love your stuff but I really need some help. The financial situation I am in right I can’t afford to buy food each month. I hate to ask for charity, but I could be a poster child for you . I will promise to follow the rules if you will give me a hand. What do you think, how do I rebuild myself if its nature? Love your email and all your encouragement thanks Gary 199lb and 5’9


    leanhybr Reply:


    Getting your hands on healthy foods doesn’t have to
    be too expensive.

    A bag of carrots costs about $2 and will last you all week.

    Good sources of protein, like whole chickens, may cost you
    about $6 but can last you 2-3 days!

    Give it a go man, let us know how you make out.


  13. Brad
    May 2, 2011
    7:36 pm

    Hey guys, I turn 44 on this month, and it was actually my 41st b’day that I decided I needed to revamp my eating and excercise! After hitting 40 the metabolism slowed right down and I started to pack on the pounds simply doing the same thing I had done in my 30′s..with no weight gain. After both my parent’s died within 18 months of each other, I packed on more weight from emotional & stress induced eating. I topped off at 220 lbs…for a guy who is 6’1..it didn’t look good.
    I have done a number of programs over the last 3 yrs..and have had success for sure, yet being 40 plus with some legitmate injuries etc, I need to work around, they didn’t offer a lot of flexibility.
    LHM does that – I can swap the excercises in and out, the muscle working segments, allow me to use whatever machines or weights are handy, which in a busy gym is a godsend – no more waiting around for ‘ that ‘ machine or ‘ those’ weights.
    Plus I like the meal plans etc, which are there for me to use when I want to lean down or bulk up n not get flabby.
    In the last 2 weeks, I have hit my 190lbs goal..my chest is good size and I have my strong jaw line and cheekbones back! In fact, some folks have even commented..thinking I got ‘ work ‘ done.
    I tell em..’ yeah..your right I did get some work done….some work in the bloody gym!! ‘
    They laugh..and it shuts them up as well…proving that there are no short cuts.
    Looking forward to seeing how things unfold


    leanhybr Reply:

    haha! I love it… “you got some work done!”

    keep up the awesome stuff Brad! sounds like you’re
    on the right path.


  14. myron
    May 2, 2011
    8:05 pm

    Well to respond to the I’m 40 years old and feel great. I can concure I am 46 years old and althought i hacent lost a lot of weight i have gotten stronger. All my lifts have gone up by atleast 20 %. I am in phase 2 in fact i like lifting heavy so i am on my second go at it. Anyway my bench is 450 my deadlift is right aroung 500 and squat is 500 only because they have thin bars and that much wieght tend to reak havic on them. My leg press is at 800lbs and next week I will and attempt and do 1000. So this hybrid muscle isnt only for size and weight loss if done right its great for strength.


    leanhybr Reply:

    Damn Myron! You’re a strong dude :)


  15. Bill
    May 2, 2011
    9:32 pm

    There ain’t no reason why a fat guy like me can’t get off my fat _ _ s and get started. Can’t blame it on work, can’t blame it on the kids. Need to get started.

    Thanks for this! Truly appreciated. Will let you know.


  16. Matthew Starrs
    May 2, 2011
    9:33 pm

    Guys I’m 45 and started working out less than 3 years ago. I was a 140kg weakling. So I got heaps stronger and the website attached is a youtube of me doing 55kg incline dumbell press, but the fat is fricken hard to shift. Is it true as you get older it’s harder to lose fat? I have been bustin a nut since that video about 3 months ago and dropped 5 kilos of fat but I have had to be OBSESSSED to get those results. HELP!!!!


    Matthew Starrs Reply:

    Btw, weighed in at 129 kg today…


  17. Phoenix
    May 2, 2011
    10:21 pm

    Well, I’m 58 and I find your program very logical. I’ve been following you for a few months now and doing the routines I can surmise from your emails / website. I’ve become stronger but my tummy fats are not going away. I cant afford to buy your program yet so I cant yet follow the exact system.


  18. Brett
    May 3, 2011
    1:19 am

    Yo Elliot,
    I’m a 45 year old who also has the 12 hour work day and 9 year old to chase. I am the ultimate “hardgainer” that you speak of. At 6’5″, I have only been able to go from 197 to 204 no matter what I try. Chicken, eggs and potatoes are my best friend. Heeelllpp!


  19. arnold2507
    May 3, 2011
    2:27 am

    Yo Elliot,
    Great articles and excellent program. I am 56 years old (by age), but can outperform 20-somethings in the gym. I am tired of the puss attitudes about going to the gym. They have all the excuses and seem to believe their time is more valuable than anybody else’s. I have huge professional (job) obligations, spouse, family, and things I want to do, but devote time to to going to the gym with fire-breathing motivation and drive with a focus to kick ass and have a fantastic workout. It relatively easy to state how to do it, being workout with determination (with good program), get your sleep (unfortunately something I need to get more of), don’t eat a shit diet, recovery, and even up feeling and looking fantastic. Hit your basement gym if you are really dedicated. Others may say “I can do that too”, but they don’t because they do not have the testes. Screw them. You need to spend time with do-ers, not bullshitters that just talk. Keep up the good work Elliot.


  20. mike
    May 3, 2011
    5:28 am

    Im 39 so will hit the big 4 0 in just under twelve months. Recently I was at the local rugby club where they have tyres for training. I was flipping a tyre and doing sprints, and a guy came over and asked me if I play rugby. I said no, and he said “Do you want to?” !! I was rather chuffed, but declined. I noticed the guy had a small beer gut and was smoking…!! I probably would make a good player if he is the norm for the team!! I play touch football with my mates on a weekend and they about 10 years younger and drink lots of beer. I can out run and outlast them. Im stronger too! this will continue through my fourties, as Im training my body and they are not. When they get older they wont be like me.


  21. Drew
    May 3, 2011
    9:58 am

    I must be the oldest person I know to start weight training – began at age 54! Always slim, I started at 140lbs 9 months ago and through weight training and eating lots I have gained 15lb although my waist is still 30″. My shape has altered dramatically largely due to much wider chest, bigger shoulders and arms. My biggest problems are: eating enough/right food (I am not very imaginative when it comes to food and because of my work as a doctor I’m busy through the day and go too long between meals) and sometimes motivation (older guys take longer to recover!). There are days when I feel tired and can’t face training but I always work out with my trainer or friend and once I get started I’m fine.

    Your information and videos are incredibly helpful and motivating.

    Keep up the good work!



  22. marc r dean
    May 3, 2011
    1:28 pm

    i’m 42 and about to start LHM cant wait to see the results. i have a good work ethic and will kick the shit out of this program. nothing good comes from procrastination.


  23. George
    May 3, 2011
    2:13 pm

    Hey Elliot, Mike and all LHM users!

    I’m 52 now, and like another contributor, I’ve got 3 kids, consultant…i too get up up at 5 to work out…well more like 5:30…

    I will admit I’ve been training for nearly 30 years consistently (sometimes more, sometimes less…you know, life gets in the way); LHM works for me because I needed to reduce my fat and lean-up a bit.

    Guys, I started LHM in early 2011 so I’ve been through Phase I & II, and now I’ve just finished Phase I again…tomorrow I’m goin into Phase II for another round…

    Gotta tell ya something: I train insanely, age doesn’t matter…from the gym, to the grave. I do the sprint cycles to the max, the jumping burpees, the heavy weights…LHM works.

    At 52, do I feel weak, dizzy, passing-out, or anything like that? No ^&%$&* way! All-out, I understand my limits (like any “25 year old”, thank the Lord) and loving every minute of it!

    Controlling the diet is important for me, but really, it isn’t too bad once you get used to it…no deprivation of goodies, just applying plain common sense.

    Of course for some guys out there who haven’t trained for a while, I suggest you take it on your own speed, make sure you are aware of any physical/medical issues…yet one thing is for sure: anyone can use this program and transform yourself into something fantastic.

    To all your health guys,



  24. feraz
    May 8, 2011
    9:49 pm

    am finally beginning to see some change with me. my arms are geting bigger and my T.shirts are geting tighter. honestly am feeling so proud of myself and too confident. but its purely hard work.so thanx alot my friends coz we have come a long way to this.


  25. Personal Trainer Mumbai
    June 24, 2011
    1:32 am

    At 40+, developing all three deltoids and Clavicular Head of Pectoralis Major seems difficult as lifting more weight gives shoulder pain.

    Whats the best way to avoid shoulder pain / injury along with developing above referred muscles?

    Does it needs strengthening of rotator cuff, lattisimus dorsi muscles a solution for this?



  26. CHRIS
    April 9, 2013
    5:42 am

    G’day from Australia, I’m an aussie guy over 40 with limited time on my hands and only want to train in the morning! have you got a program that would suit me?


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