Greg, I remember reading some of RA Roman's work, and I recall him saying that going beyond 90% in the snatch/clean pull adversely affects the coordination pattern of the lift. Your thoughts?
2 | 2010-07-25
Really depends on the athlete and the circumstances. If you have someone who is very strong but whose classic lifts are relatively low, 95% will actually be quite light and as a consequence, that concern is unfounded. For a more advanced lifter, 95% for reps might be too heavy at certain times, but appropriate at other times; and some lifters are very good at pulling, while others can't pull correctly even at 60%. So in a case like this where I'm programming for athletes I don't know and never get to see, I have to do a lot of assuming, and one of my primary assumptions is that 95% for pulls is more than likely not particularly heavy for most people doing these workouts.
3 | 2010-07-25
Greg, you are right in that assumption (at least in my case). Thanks for the thorough answer!