View Full Version : Dan John Spiderchart

Brian DeGennaro
11-08-2008, 05:04 PM
Does anyone remember when Dan John's website didn't go down and he lost his stuff he had a spiderchart on it? The chart pretty much had the two competetive lifts, their variations, squats, and deads on it, all showing correllations between X weight and each lift. Did anyone happen to save it or know where else I can find it? I thought it was a pretty interesting chart he had.

Kris Reeves
11-08-2008, 06:22 PM
Here you go...

Kris Reeves
11-08-2008, 06:28 PM
Also, if there's anything else DJ related you're looking for that might have been lost it looks like archive.org has the entire site archived:


Kevin Perry
11-08-2008, 09:17 PM
this is cool, how do you read the chart?

Is it set up as "if you can lift X amount for power snatch then your squat should be X amount?

Brian DeGennaro
11-08-2008, 09:32 PM
Yeah, basically if your max snatch is 105, then power snatch should be 85, b.squat 170, FS 145, clean and jerk 145, and power clean 107.5, more or less. I've found this chart holds fairly true for most people and it gives you an idea what you ought to work on.

Kevin Perry
11-08-2008, 09:50 PM
This is perfect to work on the weak areas then.. awesome.

Kris Reeves
11-09-2008, 04:09 AM
You connect the dots between your lifts (so it looks like a spider web). Then work on the weak areas.

Emily Mattes
11-09-2008, 09:10 AM
In the first "web", it says if your C&J is 70, power C&J is 60, back squat is 97.5, etc, then your back squat should be 62.5--I'm guessing that's supposed to be 82.5?

Chris H Laing
11-09-2008, 02:39 PM
this is in kilos right?

Daniel Labuz
11-09-2008, 02:44 PM
Most likely, I doubt Dan John would make a chart that maxed at 170# Back Squat

Chris H Laing
11-09-2008, 06:01 PM
Most likely, I doubt Dan John would make a chart that maxed at 170# Back Squat

Haha exactly what I was thinking. Just wanted to be sure.

Garrett Smith
12-03-2008, 04:12 PM
So I start marking my PRs on the spider chart yesterday and I realized that I really want to know how this chart was intended to be read.

The part that makes sense to me is this:

Power Snatch to Power Clean = vertical line directly up and down (or close to it)
Same as above for Back Squat to Front Squat

Power Snatch to Back Squat = Horizontal line across
Same as above for Power Clean to Front Squat

My simple confusion lies with the Snatch and C&J numbers. Should they fall in the same line as the PS to BS and PC to FS, or should they be a couple more levels further out from the center?

I ask this only because a "square" (all vertical and horizontal lines) doesn't look very spider web-ish to me, so I want to make sure I'm reading it right.

Or another way of asking this is, if a theoretical PS was 85kg, then should the other numbers be thus (I'm taking the last number of each "spoke"):
Sn 105
BS 170
PC 107.5
C&J 130
FS 145

If it is a yes to the above, that makes everything much easier than I thought. If it is read like the example above, this would make my numbers apparently fall pretty well in line except for my Sn:
Sn - 77kg
C&J - 105kg
BS - 140kg
FS - 119kg
PC - 87.5kg
PS (never done a max)

I think it's funny if that's true, because my coach said after our first training session, "you'll be snatching 90kg in no time", which I *think* is exactly where the spider chart says I should be! Weird.

Blair Lowe
12-27-2008, 04:46 PM
Wow, according to this my oly technique really sucks! More so than I remember from looking at it from the 2nd post of the thread.

Looks like I need to really retest my FS to see where it is otherwise my clean potential is ridiculously pathetic. Or it could mean my PC is way stronger than my anterior, that's bad.

Dave Van Skike
12-27-2008, 06:40 PM
I've seen other tools like this that come out similar using percentages.

If your Back Squat is 100% then:


So a in round #'s a 405 back squatter would be really balanced at

245 snatch
205 power snatch
345 front squat
305 Clean and Jerk
250 Power clean.....

Garrett Smith
12-28-2008, 09:49 AM
Here's what my coach (PMenu author Matt Foreman) said to me about OL ratios, at least in the competition lifts:
Here's the thing about proportions between your SN and your C&J. For an adult male athlete, you should have a minimum split between the lifts of
approximately thirty kilos. If you can snatch 80 kilos, you should be
able to C&J 110. If you can snatch 120, you should be able to C&J 150.
If you can snatch 150, you should be able to C&J 180, etc. If your split
is higher than that (35-40 kilos or more), it can mean you're better in
the C&J than the snatch or it can mean a lot of other things. There are a
lot of variables that can skew this ratio (flexibility, body proportions,
strength imbalances, speed development, etc.). When an athlete has
reached a solid level of technical proficiency and their gains become more
connected to increased strength development, the split will usually get
bigger because increased strength (especially squatting strength) usually
connects with the clean and jerk more than the snatch. That's why you see
so many top European lifters with 40-50 kilo splits between their lifts.
Their drug use pushes their strength levels through the roof, so their
C&Js increase dramatically.
So I actually found out that in his opinion, my jerk is my weakest link and I'm doing just fine in my snatching. That's good IMO, as snatches will likely never feel as good to me as C&Jing does.