There's nothing quite as good as strong feels. But having a barbell program to guide you – one that's simple but effective and safe – isn't always easy to find. Cue Basic Barbell.
I designed this program to help you build strength in the three core barbell lifts – squats, deadlifts, and presses – in three sessions a week. That's right...say goodbye to schlepping to the gym every single day.
Basic Barbell works.
This 13-week linear progression means you'll get stronger in less time, and your confidence will skyrocket. Wanna hit a new PR? You're in the right place. No more futzing around with programs that are too complicated or straight up don't work.
Let's see how strong you can get!
Watch & learn how to improve technique with the video library plus full written descriptions. It's like having a coach there to guide you.
Whether you work out at a gym or in your own home, use your log to track your progress. Comes with 13 complete weeks of programming.
Properly sequenced workouts designed to keep you progressing in a way that builds strength, but is also safe and effective.
Log in and view Basic Barbell right from your phone, tablet, or computer...take your workouts anywhere.
No obscure exercise nonsense here...just shit that works. Squat, deadlift, press, and some cleans for fun.
Lifetime access plus bonus nutrition and recovery advice are all part of the package.
Basic Barbell is a good fit for you if...
- You want to get really strong but only have 3x a week for the gym.
- You crave structure for your workouts...a program that tells you exactly what to do.
- You're ready to dedicate 12 weeks to building your strength.
- You have access to some basic strength training equipment.
- You want a workout plan that'll grow with you as you get stronger.
- You want to PR your squat, deadlift, and / or press.
I do other types of exercise, but I want to add these strength workouts. Is that possible?
Every person is different in terms of how much training they can handle. These three weekly sessions are tough. You will get tired. If you're doing 3-5 days of hard training already, you may want to cut Basic Barbell down to 2 sessions a week. If you're an endurance athlete, it's important to do some strength training to prevent muscle wasting.
How is Basic Barbell different from your Made Strong program?
Basic Barbell is designed for barbell lifts only – the squat, deadlift, shoulder press, bench press, power clean, etc – and the reps, sets, and percentages for each are set ahead of time. Made Strong is really designed for dumbbells or kettlebells. It's more flexible than Basic Barbell because you get to choose your moves for each session.
Are there videos showing the movements?
Yes! There are video demos inside Basic Barbell. Each movement includes detailed notes about form and technique, plus ideas for making that movement easier or more challenging.
How much time do I need each week for these workouts?
This program works best when you can do 2 to 3 strength workouts a week. The length of each workout varies as the linear progression changes, but expect to spend 90 minutes in the gym.
What kind of equipment do I need?
A barbell and plates; squat rack; and bench are "need-to-haves." Optional "nice-to-have" equipment includes rings, TRX, or static dip station; pull-up bar; a set of moderately heavy dumbbells; GHD machine. If you don't have access to the "nice-to-haves" it's okay; substitutions are provided.
Do you give refunds?
Because this is a digital product, we cannot offer refunds on the Basic Barbell program. However, if this ends up not being the right fit for you, we are happy to offer a store credit within 30 days of purchase.