The BarBend 10-week powerbuilding program was designed with the expertise of BarBend’s Fitness Editor Jake Boly MS CSCS, and is a program that was created in partnership with Gravitus mobile app.
This 4-day program (with an option fifth day) is constructed to help lifters build strength in the main compound lifts, improve aesthetics with strategically curated accessories, and increase athleticism with exercises focused on power, stability, and mobility. Basically, it’s a program that is designed for both dedicated recreational lifters that want to accomplish multiple goals at once.
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Author’s Note: The BarBend 10-Week Powerbuilding Program is a paid program and is not free.
The Layout of the BarBend 10-Week Powerbuilding Program
This powerbuilding program is setup in two different training blocks including: strength and hypertrophy. Each block ramps up, then deloads accordingly based on the block’s training adaptation goals.
Each movement deloads on its own schedule so you can continue making progress across the board without losing momentum. Upper body movements deload together every 4-weeks, while the squat deloads every fifth week, and the deadlift every sixth week.
The compound lifts and a majority of the accessories are autoregulated with the use of reps-in-reserve (RIR) to help you avoid overshooting on an acute, daily basis. If you’d like an in-depth preview of the program, visit the Gravitus mobile app and you can see all of the details there.
What the BarBend 10-Week Powerbuilding Program Includes
In addition to the program itself, the app provides exclusive content including videos and exercise notes. If you choose to purchase the BarBend program, then you’ll receive:
- 56 Exercise Videos
- 124 Exercise Tips
- Daily Schedule
- Supplemental Notes
The layout of the program looks similar to what’s seen below. You can click on the multiple tabs for more information on their topics and subject matter. For example, if you click on “Tempo Training Guide”, then you’ll be taken to a built in descriptive guide discussing tempo training.
The combination of these additional assets help offset the price tag a little bit and provide the feeling of a coach on-hand without the traditional coaching price.
Check out what the tip and videos look like below.
What the BarBend 10-Week Powerbuilding Program Looks Like In the App
In the app, the program is laid out in an intuitive manner and allows you to track weight, reps, reps-in-reserve, and tracks when you hit weight/volume PRs.
Check out the format of compounds on the deadlift focused day below, along with what some of the accessories look like.
Once you complete a workout, you’ll select “finish” which will then log all of your numbers to your account. You have availability to share your workout with the Gravitus community or keep it to yourself.
The finished layout of the program will highlight PRs for the day and show you a quick view of the weights logged. If you choose to share this information publicly, then your friends and the community on Gravitus can give you “fistbumps” and comment on your workout.
There’s also an analytics tab that allows you to track multiple variables like bodyweight, lean mass, workout time, total volume, powerlifting total, and much more.
A sample of the analytics view, not specific to the powerbuilding program, is below.
Athlete Program Reviews
As of right now, the program has only been about for roughly three weeks. However, multiple athletes have shared feedback on the program thus far. This section will be updated as more reviews come in!
“It’s awesome. I always love weight lifting, but I always have trouble looking for a program that I really stick to. Looking at the full schedule for this, it’s definitely right on the money.”
“It’s a great mix up for me. I was doing full body for a year now, so this is perfect. I don’t feel dead after workouts and I recover perfectly from workout to workout. I’m able to lift four days strength sometimes even! Volume is perfect for me and workouts are around 50-minutes and done with intent.”