When it comes to weightlifting, lifting weights, and strength training in general, the barbell is the signature tool we think of, and for a good reason. Various strength-training movements with the barbell can produce phenomenal results when done correctly. However, traditional barbell training can come at a cost. Learning Curve Understanding how to perform various barbell movements such as the deadlift and back squat takes a fair amount of skill. From the set up to […]
We received some great feedback about the workouts featured in the January Workout of the Month on the Coaches Corner blog. So I decided to repost it for my blog readers.
It’s that time of year again! Yes, the New Year has many of us looking at our health a little closer. We have outcome goals to lose fat and improve our fitness. The problem for many of us is finding the time. Well, I have the solution for you. Strength training complexes! Implementing various complexes into your workout regimen is a great way to get a ton of work done in a short amount of time. As described by coach Dan John, “A complex is a series of lifts performed back to back where you finish the reps of one lift before moving onto the next lift. The bar, dumbbell, or kettlebell only leaves your hands or touches the floor after all of the lifts are completed.”
Here at State of Fitness we are utilizing various complexes in our member’s training programs to further enhance fat loss and conditioning. Here are three examples to get you started.
Complex #1 – Bear Complex
The first one is a barbell complex that includes two types of squats and two types of presses. In this video I split up the squats and push presses instead of going right from the squat to the press like a thruster. I actually like both ways of doing it. To get used to the complex I would break up the movements and go slower. Start by cleaning the bar up to your chest. Perform a front squat, pause at the top and then perform a push press. Slowly bring the bar down behind your back and rest it comfortably on your traps. Then perform a back squat, pause at the top of the squat and then perform another push press. Lower the bar slowly to the chest and repeat for the desired amount of rounds and reps. Once you get the movements down you can speed up the complex.
How to Perform
- Front Squat
- Back Squat
- Repeat 4 more times.
That equals 1 set. Perform 5 sets if you are doing this as a stand alone workout. If you utilize this workout as a finisher perform 3 sets.
Complex #2 – State of Fitness Dumbbell Complex
This complex is great for both newbies to learn basic movement patterns and for the advanced lifter for a great metabolic workout. This complex includes 5 of the major strength training movements. Another added benefit to this complex is that it is a unilateral based complex, making both sides of the body work individually.
How to Perform
Once you get the movements down try and move as fast as possible with good form. DO NOT put down the dumbbells until you are done with the complex. Choose a demanding weight where you can just finish the complex. Perform 5 sets if you are doing this as a stand alone workout. If you utilize this workout as a finisher perform 3 sets of each exercise.
- Hang snatch 5 reps
- Bent over row 8 reps
- Reverse lunge 8 reps each side
- Curl and push press 8 reps
- 1-leg deadlift 8 reps each side
Complex #3 – State of Fitness Kettlebell Complex
I have come up with many different kettlebell complexes and have also watched many others. This one has been my favorite since it includes most of the basic kettlebell movements. I also like doing it as a unilateral complex using one kettlebell.
How to Perform
It starts with the snatch, bent over row, clean, push press and swing- all one arm for 5 reps. Perform 5 reps for each and then switch sides and repeat. I would get with a trainer that knows how to perform all of these moves since the snatch and the clean can be tricky if you have not been properly instructed on the movements. Perform 5 sets if you are doing this as a stand alone workout. If you utilize this workout as a finisher perform 3 sets.
- 1-arm KB Snatch 5 each side
- 1-arm KB Bent Over Row 5 reps each side
- 1-arm KB Clean 5 reps each side
- 1-arm KB Push Press 5 each side
- 1-arm KB Swing 5 reps each side
Time to Get Complex!
If you are wondering what you need to do for your workout, lifting weights is always the right answer. Utilizing complexes is a simple way to get in a ton of reps in a short amount of time, while building muscle and burning body fat.