5×5 Barbell/Kettlebell/Bodyweight Hybrid Workout

The classic 5×5 workout.

It’s simple, it’s to the point … and most importantly, it WORKS!

The idea is simple. Pick a weight you can do for 5 sets of 5. If you complete all the sets and reps, then next time bump the weight up 5 or 10 pounds. This is cycled in a progressive and organized fashion over time.

Now the “original” Bill Starr 5×5 routine is based around three lifts – the power clean, the bench press, and the squat. But that routine was designed for football players, and although you probably want to train and look like an athlete, your goals are likely a bit different …

You probably want to:

– Gain strength and lean muscle
– Lose body fat, stay slim and trim
– Feel great, and keep the aches and pains at bay
– Be ready at any given time to take on a variety of physical challenges – examples would be run a 5k, play pick-up basketball for 45 mins, do 10 pull ups, press a decently heavy KB, deadlift some respectable weight, etc

So that’s what I kept in mind when I put together the “hybrid” 5×5 BB/KB/BW workout I’m going to share with you today.

We’re going to start the workout with 5 sets of 5 on the deadlift … but we’re also going to include some kettlebell and bodyweight work to help you burn fat, and maintain / build a level of conditioning …

We’re also putting a priority on mobility and flexibility to keep you moving great and keep the aches and pains at bay …

And we’re doing some “off” day activities as well to keep your overall fitness level and “general preparedness” high.

Let’s hop right into it!


5×5 BB/KB/BW Hybrid Workout

1 – Before your workout, get ready to rock with with:

– foam rolling
– joint mobility
– a dynamic warm up

Here’s a video that walks you through each phase of a warm up like this:

2 – Exercise pair #1 – alternate exercises back and forth and do five sets total of each; rest as needed between moves to get fully recovered:

– KB / barbell deadlifts – 5 reps
– bodyweight only / weight added Turkish get ups – 1 rep each side

Here’s a simple technique for a stronger deadlift:

And a technique breakdown of the Turkish Get Up:

2 – Exercise pair #2 – do four rounds of the following sequence, taking as little rest as possible:

– body weight squat / goblet squat with kettlebell – 10

– kneeling / standard / feet elevated push ups – 10

– hanging leg raises – 10

Here’s a video that shows you how to do this sequence:

3 – To finish – run/bike/etc – 5 intervals of 30 seconds HARD, 30 seconds of recovery

Check out this video – it walks you through a sprint workout like the one above:

4 – Finish with a slow walk for 5-10 mins to cool down


A simple way to set this up as a full program would be:

– Perform the above workout 2x per week – Mon – Weds for example
– For your third “strength training” day, you could do a total body workout of pretty much any kind … search my blog at http://forestvance.com for dozens and dozens of sample workouts
– An additional two or three days per week, simply do about 30 minutes of some kind of “fun” activity … go for a hike, ride your bike, play a game of pick-up basketball … get your heart rate up, but just as importantly, enjoy!

You can do this workout for six weeks before switching to a new one.

That about does it for your 5×5 BB/KB/BW Hybrid Workout. This is a simple – but POWERFUL – training program that you can use to gain strength, lose fat, perform better and feel great – in about 30 minutes per day.

Train hard, and talk soon –

– Forest Vance