Is LHM Like Crossfit?

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Is LHM Like Crossfit?

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A few years back Cross Fit hit the fitness world and quickly became very popular. All of sudden you started seeing a wave of new “cross-fitness” cardio machines, infomercials and training routines. Today, Cross Fit has evolved into a distinct training style. It all started back about seven years ago with a guy in Santa Cruz, California trying an online “experiment” to measure his workouts. From there it just sort of took off. But how does Cross Fit training compare to Lean Hybrid Muscle Building? Let’s take a look.

Cross Fit gets its name from the fact that the training sessions “cross” disciplines. The workouts are varied and are generally intense. There are actually 10 different domains where Cross Fit athletes strive for proficiency: stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, coordination, and accuracy.

The workouts can be done just about anywhere and in fact, are best suited to a non-gym environment. Exercises can be performed with free weights, kettlebells, dumbbells or body weight. Training sessions are typically short—about 30 minutes—so the exercises are performed quickly with little rest in between sets. Below is a typical beginner’s routine:
•    A 400-meter Jog/run;
•    Deadlift;
•    Push-press; and
•    Squat.

This is a five-day-a-week routine that can be completed in less than 30 minutes. On day one you jog/run and do deadlifts; the next day it’s just the jog/run; day three is jog/run and push-press; day 4 is jog/run and day 5 is jog/run and squat. Overall, you can see that this looks like a pretty worthwhile approach to getting fit or if you are looking to get lean.

But what if you’re goal isn’t just fitness or getting lean? What if you want to build muscle and get lean? From that perspective Cross Fit starts to lose some of its appeal. It’s a great all-over body workout but it’s really designed for conditioning and toning more than building strength and muscle. Also, with its emphasis on a lot of intense aerobic activity, gains in size and strength are going to be negated by all the cardio. Remember, lots of ordinary cardio will always result in not only fat loss but in loss of muscle size and strength too—it’s just the nature of our bodies.

The way around that is through Lean Hybrid Muscle Building (LHMB) combined with hybrid cardio. With LHMB you have strength building and muscle building, followed by 30 minutes of hybrid cardio three days a week. And even if you add in a couple more days of just hybrid cardio, you will still be able to build muscle and burn fat at the same time.

LHMB is cross-disciplinary like Cross Fit but it has a significantly greater emphasis on building strength and muscle than Cross Fit does. The LHMB strength/muscle building workouts take the best elements of bodybuilding, powerlifting and strongman training, combining them into a single, hybrid training philosophy through concurrent periodization. What this basically means is that you’re simultaneously incorporating multiple training approaches into a single workout and within a single micro-cycle (aka period), which is typically about a week. By combining the various training philosophies this way you’re able to build muscle and burn fat at the same time.


And unlike the muscle fiber eating intense cardio of Cross Fit, hybrid cardio does not cause your body to cannibalize itself and burn muscle fiber. Even better, hybrid cardio enables you to actually build muscle and burn fat at the same time—no other cardio workout that I’m aware of can say that. Hybrid cardio workouts are able to accomplish this because they incorporate both cardio and resistance training activities into a single exercise, training session and micro-cycle.

By doing this, the muscles are continually forced to adapt—rather than being used for fuel—essentially causing a metamorphosis with the end result being the development of hybrid type III muscle fibers which have both strength and endurance. Ordinary muscle fibers really only have one primary property—strength, power or endurance—not multiple properties in a single fiber. And because the body is burning fat, not muscle you are able to make gains in size and strength while getting leaner—at the same time.

We’ll wrap this up by saying that yes, Cross Fit is an excellent training philosophy that can produce great results—if your objective is conditioning, toning or developing endurance, agility and speed. But if your goal is to build strong, powerful muscles and really get lean, then Lean Hybrid Muscle Building is the clear winner.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephen
    December 16, 2009
    5:35 pm

    I love LHMB and I also love Crossfit!
    I incorporate them both into my training schedules with awesome results.
    I am sure you’ve seen some of the top Crossfitters (it is a sport) and a lot of these guys are huge! The women are also something to definitely look at and see the development that has taken place with Crossfit.
    I am thoroughtly impressed with LHMB and believe in the concept totally. I wouldnt’t be one of your subscribers if I didn’t.
    Looking forward to more info and wish you continued success.


    Lupe Reply:

    Stephen –
    I’m with you guy! I too am a Crossfitter but also love Elliott’s LHMB
    approach. I think it’s okay to take the best of two worlds to customize
    what works best for the individual. The important thing is to be committed and consistent with your training.

    Elliott – Congrats. You have a great program. I just wish I didn’t live way out in Riverview. Have you considered opening any affiliates??


  2. alaa
    December 16, 2009
    6:07 pm

    elliot, i want the lean hybrid muscle building program but i cant afford it i will do anyting to have it please tell me what i can do?


    shib neddeff Reply:

    LHMB is similair to Charles Staley’s EDT keep the strength lose the fat program design. Gym Jones is a cross between crossfit and LHMB check those out as well


  3. Michael M
    December 16, 2009
    6:32 pm

    Thanks for the clarification. I remember you saying something like this in your live QandA. Believe it or not there are some people who just do not want to be “bulky” at all. I have a friend who plays soccer. He is fast and agile and that is all he cares about. Me … I am not very fast but I like to pick him up and shoulder press him just to keep his ego in check lol.

    Hey Elliot, I just want to let you know that you and Mike (and Zach E. and Sean N. (who sent me the link to your sites and programs)) have inspired me to work harder and push myself more to meet the goals I would like too meet. I really liked your video lecture on mans desire to be a superhero. Now I am jacked up about getting jacked. Regardless of the means I choose to get there I have you guys to thank for motivating me to take it up a notch (well a whole bunch of notches) on my training. You guys opened my eyes to training I never even know about. Thanks.


  4. Joel
    December 16, 2009
    7:23 pm

    Great response. I get so tired of someone always trying to find something wrong, compare theirs to yours and say that you are just like something else.

    Hey Pavel made kettlebells popular again doing hard style. So is some next going to say that hard style is like crossfit? Think about it, trends, fads or what ever always take off and then if someone comes up with something comparable, an improvement or even BETTER like Lean Hybrid Muscle there is always something or someone to try and knock it or them down.

    I know I am rambling but I have done kettlebells, crossfit and GOD knows what ever. Just reading the ebook will tell you that your philosophy is based on not just getting lean and in shape but building strong lean muscle.

    CrossFit is great, Turbulence Training is great and is your stuff. You are just giving us a another to a better and healthier lifestyle.


    Joel Reply:

    Oh let me ad one thing. I am not a high school athlete doing the LHM
    program. I am 47 years old and will be reviewing here and on my site.


  5. kelly
    December 16, 2009
    8:07 pm

    Elliot, you probably described Crossfit better than most trainers and gym owners ever could. I like that you pointed out that it is a great conditioning program, which it is. Though many of us crossfitters have taken it into our own hands to build extra strength so that the workouts become easier. The one thing that many in the family forget to remember when they do their own programming is that “we like to move lots of weight long distances very quickly.”
    That is one reason I keep looking to you and Zach and even Defranco and many others to get ideas on bridging the gap. Anyways, I like LHMB and use it to compliment my program. Again thanks for pointing out the differences of the two great programs.


  6. Jim
    December 16, 2009
    9:45 pm

    Elliott – That was a great response.
    I also enjoy your comments and videos. I used to workout 5 times a week, but time contraints have reduced that to 3 times a week. I have a very good routine and make the most of the time.

    Your constant grooming of training techniques is a joy to watch and at times can provide me with an opportunity to shake up my workouts a bit.



  7. keith fine
    December 16, 2009
    11:50 pm

    well crossfit is a little more than just sprints,squats,DLs & push presses.
    Some workouts are quit heavy.The beauty of crossfit is that you can scale it to your fitness level and needs.Don’t get me wrong I use your ideas in my training also,Zach and Defranco,have inspired me also.The final outcome is what are you training for?,not all of us wanna be bodybuilders or strong men.Some of use just like being better than 95% of everyone else,lol.
    Best to you bro keep up the good work.


  8. Dano
    December 17, 2009
    2:41 am

    Excellent Comparison and article! I loved seeing your beautiful family in the last video I watched. You have a blessed life.


  9. JJ
    December 17, 2009
    2:46 am

    Sweet as! Good distinction!:D


  10. Michael Moore
    December 17, 2009
    8:06 am

    As the man says (and DOES) : “Stop whining and start working”… Crossfit is bollocks. Go lose weight AND MUSCLE if thats what you want. I did heaps of cardio years ago (cycling, running, hiking) and yes I lost weight, but did I gain muscle? NO!! Did I end up carrying extra pounds again? YES! LHM is the goods cos in 37 years nothing else has worked.


  11. Skadwaz
    December 17, 2009
    8:42 am

    a few days ago… i saw a guy..who looked as though if his name was Mr.Muscle…pick on a daily wage manual laborer…well, the laborer won.. he never hits the gym.does he??too poor…the only thing he does is carrying stones all through the day.. and using the sledge hammer for about the same time, no days off, no rest…. makes u wonder whether there is anything called over training, doesn’t it?


  12. bill
    January 17, 2010
    6:55 pm

    Working up to 1 rep in the lean hybrid programs – what does that mean? Do you do one rep of maximum weight or do you work towrds 1 rep in that workout? For example do 3×100, 2×150, 1×200 if 200 was your max, or just do 1×200?


  13. wrestler strength
    November 5, 2010
    5:13 pm

    This post really helped distinguish LHM training. Thanks!


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