When it comes to fitness, people tend to either focus on endurance or strength; they’re runners or powerlifters. But wouldn’t it be pretty cool to be able to deadlift 500 pounds and run a marathon? My guest says that combining real strength with true endurance to become a “hybrid athlete” isn’t only possible, it also makes for a wonderfully adventurous and fulfilling path to pursue.

His name is Fergus Crawley and he’s the co-founder of Omnia Performance, which offers coaching to hybrid athletes. Today on the show, Fergus shares how he found his way into hybrid training, what a struggle with depression had to do with that journey, and why he decided to take on some incredible challenges that combine strength and endurance, including deadlifting 500 pounds, running a sub-5-minute mile and doing a marathon in a single day, and powerlifting 1200 pounds and doing a sub-12-hour Ironman Triathlon in a single day. We then turn to the technical side of programming hybrid training, and how you incorporate both endurance and strength workouts in a single week. We end our conversation with Fergus’ case for the benefits of hybrid training to body, mind, and spirit, which made me want to go out for a run — something I don’t say every day.

Resources Related to the Podcast

MovemberAoM series on male depressionAoM Podcast #741: The Exercise Prescription for Depression and AnxietyCeltman Extreme Scottish TriathlonAoM Article: The Case for Not Listening to Music When You Work OutZone 2 Training

Connect With Fergus Crawley

Fergus on InstagramFergus on YouTubeOmnia Performance

Listen to the Podcast! (And don’t forget to leave us a review!)

Apple Podcast.




Google Podcast.

Listen to the episode on a separate page.

Download this episode.

Subscribe to the podcast in the media player of your choice.

Listen ad-free on Stitcher Premium; get a free month when you use code “manliness” at checkout.

Podcast Sponsors

Click here to see a full list of our podcast sponsors.

Transcript Coming Soon!

The post Podcast #777: Becoming a Hybrid Athlete appeared first on The Art of Manliness.