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5 weeks

This is a quick 5-week strength emphasis cycle, but with regular heavy snatching and clean & jerking.





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Monday - Day 1
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  • Back squat - 75% x 5 x 5
  • Clean deadlift - 90% (of clean) x 5 x 3
  • Push press - 70% x 5 x 5
  • Jerk dip squat - 90% (of jerk) x 5 x 3

3 sets:
A1. Pull-ups x 10; 21X0; 2 min rest; add weight each set as needed to hit reps
A2. GHB sit-ups x max consecutive; 2010; NO failed reps; 2 min rest

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Tuesday - Day 2
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  • Muscle snatch - 40% (of snatch) x 3 x 2
  • Power clean + clean - 60% (of clean) x 2 + 1 x 3
  • Power jerk + jerk - 60% (of jerk) x 2 + 1 x 3
4 rounds:
10 m shuttle run x 4
10 KB swing

Overhead KB swings; must touch floor with outside hand at end of each shuttle run.

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Wednesday - Day 3
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  • Front squat - 75% x 4 x 5
  • Snatch pull - 85% (of snatch) x 3 x 4
  • Jerk - 70% x 3 x 2; 75% x 2 x 2; 80% x 2 x 2
3 sets; no rest:
15 kipping pull-ups
20 shoulder-to-shoulder sandbag push press - 25% BW

Shoulder-to-shoulder sandbag push press: grab middle of sand bag with both hands with the bag across one shoulder (front/back ends of bag in front/back of shoulder). Push press the bag up overhead to a fully extended elbow position and bring down to opposite shoulder. This constitutes 1 rep.

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Thursday - Day 4
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Rest

Make sure rest days are active in terms of restorative modalities. Sitting on the couch is not a good choice. Foam rolling, light rowing, stretching, mobility drills, contrast plunges and massage should be employed whenever possible.

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Friday - Day 5
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  • Overhead squat - 65% (of snatch) x 3 x 5; 3 sec pause in bottom
  • Tall snatch - 3 x 3; find weight that allows good speed and sharp turnover
  • High-hang snatch - 60% x 2 x 4
3 sets; no rest:
300 m row
3 rope climbs

On tall snatches and high-hang snatches, focus on immediate and aggressive pull under with the arms, keeping the elbows out to the sides; don't focus on shrugging.

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Saturday - Day 6
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  • Snatch - max
  • Clean & jerk - max
  • Deadlift - max
3 sets:
A1. Hanging leg raise x 15; 90 sec rest
A2. Back extension x 10; 2020; add weight if needed with DB behind neck; 90 sec rest

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Sunday - Day 7
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Rest

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Monday - Day 8
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  • Back squat - 80% x 3 x 5
  • Snatch deadlift - 100% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
  • Push press - 73% x 5 x 5
3 sets:
A1. Pull-ups x 10; 21X0; add weight each set as needed to hit reps; 1 min rest
A2. GHB sit-ups x max consecutive; 2010; NO failed reps; 2 min rest

Notes: For those with technique limitations, the snatch deadlift will be too light. Find a weight that allows 3x3 with a challenge, but definitely not maximal.


Week 2

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Tuesday - Day 9
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  • Mid-hang muscle snatch - 40% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
  • Clean + jerk + power clean - (55% (of CJ) x 1+1+1, 60% x 1+1+1, 65% x 1+1+1) x 2
3 sets; no rest:
20 m bear crawl
30 double-unders
5 med-ball granny throws

Notes: On muscle snatch, focus on maximal elbow elevation before turnover, and flipping the hands over at the top. Med-ball granny throws - with heavy medball (20+ lbs), swing back through the legs and launch forward for max distance.

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Wednesday - Day 10
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  • Front squat - 75% x 3 x 5
  • Snatch pull - 85% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
  • Jerk - max for day; 90% of that x 1; 80% x 2 x 2
3 sets; no rest:
10 tire flips + jump in/out
10 sandbag push press - 50% BW

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Thursday - Day 11
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Rest

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Friday - Day 12
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  • Mid-hang power snatch - 65% x 2 x 5; 1 min rest
  • Snatch balance - max for day; 90% of that x 1; 80% x 2 x 2
3 sets:
40 m prowler sprint - add 40% BW; no rest
AMRAP ring rows
2 min rest

Notes: Ring rows - place feet on box at same height as rings; body must stay rigid. Adjust body angle as needed to ensure at least 10 reps in the first round.

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Saturday - Day 13
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  • Snatch - max
  • Clean & jerk - max
  • Back squat - max
Notes: 10 minutes rest between exercises, but stay warm. No more than 2 min rest between sets of snatches and CJs; rest as needed for squats.

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Sunday - Day 14
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Rest

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Monday - Day 15
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  • Back squat - 83% x 3 x 5
  • Snatch deadlift - 103% x 3 x 3
  • Push press - 76% x 5 x 5
3 sets:
A1. Pull-ups x 8; 21X0; add weight each set as needed to hit reps; 1 min rest
A2. GHB sit-ups x max consecutive; 2010; NO failed reps; 2 min rest

Notes: For those with technique limitations, the snatch deadlift will be too light. If you adjusted the weight on this last week, add 2-3%.

Week 3

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Tuesday - Day 16
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  • Mid-hang snatch high-pull + mid-hang muscle snatch - 40% (of snatch) x 2+2 x 3 sets; 1 min rest
  • Clean & jerk - 60% x 2 x 3; 65% x 2 x 2; 70% x 1 x 3; 1 min rest
4 sets:
10 GHR (starting with hip and back extension); no rest
10 sandbag halfmoons (5/side) - 20% BW; 30 sec rest

Notes: On mid-hang high pull + mid-hang muscle snatch, focus on elevating the elbows maximally; the muscle snatch should feel just like the high pull, but finish with a turnover.

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Wednesday - Day 17
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  • Jerk - max for day; 85% of that x 2 x 2
  • Snatch pull - 90% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
  • Front squat - 78% x 3 x 5
3 sets, no rest:
20 HLR (hanging leg raise)
20 1-arm DB overhead walking lunges
20 push-ups

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Thursday - Day 18
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Rest

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Friday - Day 19
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  • Snatch balance - max for day; 70% of that x 3 x 4
  • Power snatch + snatch - 75% (of power snatch) x 1+1 x 5 sets; 2 min rest
4 sets:
3 box jumps - max height for reps/sets
12 kipping pull-ups
100 m run
1 min rest

Notes: On power snatch + snatch, focus on an aggressive turnover and securing the bar overhead as high and as quickly as possible; the turnover and height at which the bar is fixed overhead should be the same for the power snatch and following snatch, with adjustments for fatigue. That is, turn the bar over as high as possible and sit into the squat immediately. On box jumps, focus on extending the knees and hips maximally before lifting the feet rather than simply reaching for the box with hip flexion; attempt to drop down onto the box softly.

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Saturday - Day 20
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  • Snatch - max for day
  • Clean & jerk - max for day
  • Front squat - max for day
Notes: 10 minutes rest between exercises, but stay warm. No more than 2 min rest between sets of snatches and CJs; rest as needed for squats.

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Sunday - Day 21
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Rest

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Monday - Day 22
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  • Back squat - 85% x 2 x 4
  • Snatch deadlift - 105% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
  • Push press - 78% x 4 x 5
3 sets:
A1. Pull-ups x 6; 21X0; add weight each set as needed to hit reps; 1 min rest
A2. GHB sit-ups x max consecutive; 2010; NO failed reps; 2 min rest

Week 4

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Tuesday - Day 23
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  • Muscle snatch - 40% x 3 x 3
  • Clean & jerk - 70% x 2 x 5
3 sets; no rest:
6 1-arm DB power snatch (per side)
50 m prowler sprint - 50% BW

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Wednesday - Day 24
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  • Front squat - 80% x 3 x 5
  • Snatch pull - 95% (of snatch) x 2 x 3
  • Jerk - max for day; 90% of that x 1 x 3
3 sets:
250 m row
3 rope climbs
10 sandbag shoulders (5/side) - 50% BW

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Thursday - Day 25
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Rest

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Friday - Day 26
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  • Overhead squat - max for day; 80% x 2
  • Snatch - 70% x 2 x 5
5 sets; no rest:
5 DB power snatch
5 DB power jerk
5 DB split clean (per leg)

Use DBs approximately 15-20% each of your best power clean

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Saturday - Day 27
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  • Snatch - max for day
  • Clean & jerk - max for day
  • Back squat - max for day
Notes: 10 minutes rest between exercises, but stay warm. No more than 3 min rest between sets of snatches and CJs; rest as needed for squats.

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Sunday - Day 28
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Rest

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Monday - Day 29
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  • Back squat - 90% x 2 x 2
  • Snatch pull - 90% (of snatch) x 2 x 2
  • Power jerk - 80% x 2 x 3
2 sets:
A1. Pull-ups x 3-4; 21X0; add weight each set as needed to hit reps; 1 min rest
A2. GHB sit-ups x max consecutive; 2010; NO failed reps; 2 min rest

Week 5

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Tuesday - Day 30
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  • Snatch - (65% x 2, 70% x 2, 75% x 1) x 3
  • Clean & jerk - (65% x 2, 70% x 2, 75% x 1) x 3
4 sets; no rest:
6 DB muscle snatch (from below knees) - combined weight 50% of MS
6 box jumps
12 KTE

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Wednesday - Day 31
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  • Snatch - 75% x 1, 78% x 1, 80% x 1, 75% x 1 x 2
  • Clean & jerk - 75% x 1, 78% x 1, 80% x 1, 75% x 1 x 2
  • Front squat - med/heavy single
  • Kipping pull-ups - 3 x 65% of max consec reps/set
Notes: Front squat should be a challenging weight, but still moving relatively quickly; NOT a max for the day. Pull-ups - If you can do 25 consecutive kipping pull-ups, you would do 16 pull-ups per set (.65 x 25).

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Thursday - Day 32
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  • Snatch - 60% x 1 x 3; 65% x 1 x 2; 70% x 1 x 3
  • Clean & jerk - 60% x 1 x 3; 65% x 1 x 2; 70% x 1 x 3
Notes: Resist the urge to do more today. If you're bored, spend 30 minutes foam rolling and stretching after the lifts.

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Friday - Day 33
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Rest

Spend time doing mobility work, foam rolling, stretching and icing.

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Saturday - Day 34
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  • Snatch - Max
  • Clean & jerk - Max
  • Push Press or Press - Max
  • Back squat - Max
Notes: Give yourself 10-15 minutes of rest between exercises, but stay warm. Choose either to test your max on push press or press.

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Sunday - Day 35
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Rest

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