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4-Week Leg Strength Block 1
4 weeks

This is a 4-week block of heavy squat strength emphasis.

"25lb PR for me over my last 1RM test!! Thanks for the program Greg!" - Nick

"That is a 30 lb PR from a previous best. The percentages and volume was just right for my body. Thanks for the blog, Greg." - Brandon

"352 BS, a PR by 30. That's at bw of 168, 49 y/o. Very pleased with the cycle, the volume was managable and was able to be 100% compliant for all 4 weeks. Looking forward to the next cycle." - David

"BS went up 30lbs. C&J went up 25lbs!!!" - Stefan

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Monday March 26 2012
Comments (22)

  • Back Squat - 65% x 10 x 3
  • Block (or hang) snatch (mid-thigh) - 65% x 3 x 5
  • Halting Snatch Deadlift (hip) - 80% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
  • Overhead Squat - 65% x 3 x 5
Week 1 of 4 (1 of 12)

This will be a short 4-week cycle with a lot of work in the first 3 weeks and a lot of rest in the last week. The emphasis is on leg strength. It can be used as a standalone training block for leg strength primarily, but it will also be the first 4-week mesocycle in a 12-week macrocycle.
Tuesday March 27 2012
Comments (5)

  • Jerk behind the neck - 70% x 3 x 5
  • Push Press - 75% x 5 x 4
  • Jerk dip squat - 80% (of jerk) x 5 x 3
3 sets; no rest:
2 min jump rope
15 pull-ups
Wednesday March 28 2012
Comments (10)

  • Back Squat - 75% x 5 x 5
  • Block (or hang) Clean (mid-thigh) - 65% x 3 x 5
  • Halting Clean Deadlift - 80% (of clean) x 3 x 3
  • SLDL - 60% (of back squat) x 5 x 3
Thursday March 29 2012
Comments (5)

  • Power Snatch - 65% x 3 x 4
  • Power Clean - 65% x 3 x 4
  • Power Jerk - 65% x 3 x 4
  • Snatch High-Pull - 70% x 3 x 3
3 sets; no rest:
600 m row
15 DB push press
Friday March 30 2012
Comments (2)

Rest Day
Saturday March 31 2012
Comments (8)

  • Back Squat - 80% x 3 x 8
  • Snatch - 70% x 3 x 2, 75% x 2 x 3
  • Clean & Jerk - 70% x 3 x 2, 75% x 2 x 3
  • Snatch High-Pull - 70% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
Sunday April 1 2012
Comments (0)

Rest Day
Monday April 2 2012
Comments (1)

  • Back Squat - 70% x 10 x 3
  • Block (or hang) snatch (mid-thigh) - 65% x 3 x 2, 70% x 3 x 3
  • Halting Snatch Deadlift (hip) - 80% (of snatch) x 3, 85% x 3 x 2
  • Overhead Squat - 65% x 3 x 2, 70% x 3 x 3
Week 2 of 4 (2 of 12)
Tuesday April 3 2012
Comments (5)

  • Jerk behind the neck - 75% x 3 x 5
  • Push Press - 75% x 5 x 2, 80% x 5 x 2
  • Jerk Dip Squat - 85% (of jerk) x 5 x 3
4 sets; no rest:
10 pull-ups
15 KB swings

Wednesday April 4 2012
Comments (2)

  • Back Squat - 80% x 5 x 5
  • Block (or hang) Clean (mid-thigh) - 65% x 3 x 2, 70% x 3 x 3
  • Halting Clean Deadlift (upper thigh) - 80% (of clean) x 3, 85% x 3 x 2
  • SLDL - 65% (of back squat) x 5 x 3
Thursday April 5 2012
Comments (0)

  • Power Snatch - 65% x 3 x 2, 70% x 3 x 2
  • Power Clean - 65% x 3 x 2, 70% x 3 x 2
  • Power Jerk - 65% x 3 x 2, 70% x 3 x 2
  • Snatch High-Pull - 70% (of snatch) x 3 x 2, 75% x 3
4 sets; no rest:
10 1-arm KB push press/side
200 rope jumps (or 2 min max)

Friday April 6 2012
Comments (0)

Rest Day
Saturday April 7 2012
Comments (5)

  • Back Squat - 85% x 3 x 8
  • Snatch - 75% x 3 x 3, 80% x 2 x 2
  • Clean & Jerk - 75% x 3 x 2, 80% x 2 x 2
  • Snatch High-Pull - 70% (of snatch) x 3, 75% x 3 x 2
Sunday April 8 2012
Comments (0)

Rest Day
Monday April 9 2012
Comments (10)

  • Back Squat - 73% x 10 x 3 (up wt on last set if you can - no failed reps)
  • Block (or hang) snatch (mid-thigh) - 70% x 3 x 5 (up wt on last 2 sets if you feel good)
  • Halting Snatch Deadlift (hip) - 85% x 3 x 3
  • Overhead Squat - 70% x 3 x 5 (up wt on last 2 sets if you feel good)
Week 3 of 4 (3 of 12)
Tuesday April 10 2012
Comments (6)

  • Jerk behind the neck - 75% x 3 x 3, 80% x 3 x 2 (up wt on last set if you feel good)
  • Push Press - 75% x 5, 80% x 5 x 2, 85% x 5
  • Jerk Dip Squat - 85% (of jerk) x 5 x 3
For 5 min:
5 1-arm KB swing/arm
5 1-arm KB clean & push press/arm
5 1-arm KB snatch/arm
Wednesday April 11 2012
Comments (1)

  • Back Squat - 83% x 5 x 5 (up wt on last set if you feel good - no failed reps)
  • Block (or hang) clean (mid-thigh) - 70% x 3 x 5 (up wt on last 2 sets if you feel good)
  • Halting Clean Deadlift (upper thigh) - 85% x 3 x 3
  • SLDL - 65% (of back squat) x 5, 70% x 5 x 3
Thursday April 12 2012
Comments (3)

  • Power Snatch - 65% x 3, 70% x 3 x 2, 75% x 3
  • Power Clean - 65% x 3, 70% x 3 x 2, 75% x 3
  • Power Jerk - 65% x 3, 70% x 3 x 2, 75% x 3
  • Snatch High-Pull - 75% (of snatch) x 5 x 3
5 (2-4-6 rep) ladders (60 total reps):
Chin-up
Dips
Friday April 13 2012
Comments (0)

Rest Day
Saturday April 14 2012
Comments (11)

  • Snatch - 75% x 3, 80% x 3, 85% x 2, 80% x 2 x 2
  • Clean & Jerk - 75% x 3, 80% x 3, 85% x 2, 80% x 2 x 2
  • Back Squat - 88% x 3 x 8 (up wt on last set if you feel good)
  • Snatch High-Pull - 75% (of snatch) x 3 x 3
Sunday April 15 2012
Comments (0)

Rest Day
Monday April 16 2012
Comments (0)

  • Snatch - 60% x 2 x 5
  • Clean & Jerk - 60% x 1 x 5
  • Back squat - 50% x 2 x 3 (focus on acceleration up)
This will be a very light and easy week in preparation for max back squat testing on Saturday.

Week 4 of 4 (4 of 12)
Tuesday April 17 2012
Comments (6)

  • Power Snatch - 60% x 1 x 4, 70% x 1 x 3
  • Power Clean & Power Jerk - 60% x 1 x 4, 70% x 1 x 3
  • Squat jump - 3 x 3
3 sets; no rest:
10 DB row/arm
10 1-arm DB bench press/arm
Wednesday April 18 2012
Comments (1)

  • Snatch - 60% x 1 x 5
  • Clean & Jerk - 60% x 1 x 5
  • Back Squat - 40% x 2 x 3 (focus on acceleration up)
  • Squat jump - 3 x 3
Thursday April 19 2012
Comments (3)

  • Hang Power Snatch - 60% x 1 x 5
  • Hang Power Clean & Power Jerk - 60% x 1 x 5
  • Box Jump - 3 x 3
3 sets; no rest:
15 pull-ups
10 1-arm KB press/arm
Friday April 20 2012
Comments (0)

Rest Day
Saturday April 21 2012
Comments (30)

  • Back Squat - test max
  • Snatch - heavy single
  • Clean & Jerk - heavy single
Don't expect snatch and clean & jerk PRs today. Do what you can, and if you don't break 80%, throw in a few more singles between 70-80%.
Sunday April 22 2012
Comments (1)

Rest Day
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