Complex Results – Strength Complex 1

Complex Results – Strength Complex 1

Stronger, fitter, leaner in the least amount of time possible. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, thanks to the decades-old training technique called the “complex”. A complex is two or more exercises with the same free weight equipment (in this case a barbell) and the same load done consecutively for reps without setting the weight down.

Use moderate to heavy loads (70 to 95 percent one-rep max) on strength-building complexes, and rep counts typically stay at about six reps or fewer. In Complex 1, deadlifts and squats reach eight reps because the weight will need to be relatively light (compared to what you would normally use for six reps of deadlifts and squats) for hang cleans and push press to be performed .

  • Deadlift – 8 reps
  • Hang Clean – 8 reps
  • Push Press – 8 reps
  • Back Squat – 8 reps

Complete three to four sets total, resting two to three minutes between each.

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