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Charlie Stone 03-18-2012 04:00 PM

has anyone tried the 3 week Bulgarian peaking cycle?
What are peoples experiences? Suitable for a beginner/intermediate (85kg 95/112.5kg)It doesnt seem a million miles away from Pendlay's "Tapering for the intermidiate"

Charlie Stone 03-21-2012 05:27 AM

Ok, well I have 7 sessions left and am enjoying the cycle. I hit 115kg clean and jerk yesterday (not pretty) for a new pb. That might be my opener if I can hit it again tomorrow.


Any major issues?

Gregg, I was wondering about the lack of hamstring work? Does it assume that lots was done before the 3 week taper? Would throwing 3 sets of 5 SLDL/RDLs be sensible? (nothing in the final week).

Greg Everett 03-21-2012 11:00 AM

Do you need direct hamstring work? I generally don't do much direct back work in he last couple weeks going into a meet. And with that 3-week cycle, you're doing plenty of heavy classic lifts, so there really isn't a lack of hs and back work. if you need a lot of work in that area, trying to cram it in 2 weeks before a meet isn't the most effective approach - get it in during prep cycles.

Charlie Stone 03-21-2012 11:51 PM

Thanks Gregg.

Charlie Stone 03-27-2012 03:57 AM

Gregg, would you expect the maximums reached on the last Wednesday before competition to be the openers at least?

I wanted to open with 90kg/110kg, which i've hit a few times through the 3 weeks (maxes in the taper 92.5/115). But yesterday the (penultimate max day) I only managed 85/105.

Greg Everett 03-27-2012 09:59 AM

Not necessarily. In fact I would suggest sticking to 90% or so at the most.

Charlie Stone 04-02-2012 04:15 AM

Did the London spring opens at the weekend, got 85/115kg at 81.29kg bw.

Disappointed with my snatches, here is the miss at 90kg:

Any suggested drills? Seems like I rushed onto my toes for the second pull.

Thanks for looking.

Greg Everett 04-04-2012 09:43 AM

Could have stayed over it a bit longer and stayed back more; also could have been more aggressive w the arms pulling down.

You can try tall snatches for the pull under and slow first pull snatches for the timing/position (do a 2-3 second pull to high thigh before you explode - no pause).

Charlie Stone 04-04-2012 12:48 PM

Thanks for the advice.
I'm a bit confused about "staying over the bar".
I thought I should start lifting my chest (by pivoting at the hips) as the bar passes my knees, bringing the bar up my thigh. At what point should I not be over the bar, mid thigh?

Greg Everett 04-04-2012 12:58 PM

I'd prefer you wait longer before you initiate the explosion. So continuing thinking of pushing w the legs until the bar is higher, rather than starting to extend the hips as the bar passes the knees. You'll get a more explosive hip extension and find you're able to maintain your balance better.

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