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Alex Hall 04-07-2014 07:34 AM

Technique & Conditioning Cycle
Hello All,

I started Weightlifting in January of this year. I have been strength training for about 10 years now, but with little to no work on the olympic lifts.

I started with Dan John's Neophyte program for awhile, and my recovery was fine because my technique was severely limiting my lifts. Today I start week 3 of the starter program here, and I'm also about 15% of the way through Greg's book.

I do not have a coach available right now, but am moving to Berkeley this fall to start my PhD. My hope is to be able to find a coach on campus. If not, I may be making some trips out to Catalyst.

My best lifts at a bodyweight right around 94kg are:

Snatch: 75kg x 1 x 6 (singles for six sets)

Clean and Jerk 100kg x 1

Front Squat 143kg x 1

Right now, my limiting factors are technique and conditioning. Is there a cycle either on this site or in the book that would be a good follow up to the starter program considering my weaknesses?

I struggle with strength by feel cycles because I tend to try for too much weight and end up either failing completely or succeeding with yucky form.

Thanks to everyone here for the fantastic site. I look forward to many years of weightlifting. I wish I'd found this stuff ten years ago.


Blake Barnes 04-09-2014 11:50 AM

It sounds like you need to be on a cycle that emphasizes developing the technique and making sure you're in the correct positions. You said you just started in January, was there any introductory phase or a period where you did different drills to break down the movements?

I would suggest the Classic Lift Position/Technique Cycle (book) or even the Technique Development Cycle (book) but that's all going to depend on where you're at because I haven't seen your lifts.

Keep in mind that it takes some time to get the hang of these movements so it's going to take a lot of patience. One year is still considered a beginner let alone four months.

Alex Hall 04-13-2014 03:26 PM

Thanks Blake.

No, I spent most of my introductory phase on Dan John's Neophyte program, which was almost exclusively full lifts.

I'll see which of the programs you recommended will best fit with my schedule.


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