The Programme

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”  Mark Twain

The following program will be repeated for two weeks

1.Squat.

– whatever version of the Russian squat cycle you are on – do it!

 

2. OHS Complex
Performed with an empty barbell; two sets of five reps in the three different versions. These are: (1) down slow, up fast, without pause in the bottom position; (2) down slow, up fast but with a three second pause in the top- and bottom position; (3) 1,5’s. No pause in the bottom position but a pause in the top between reps.

 

3. Snatch warm-up f. the ground
Two sets of threereps in A, B, C, D, E. Be sure to use a large plate, and not the small metal plates, to get the right distance from the floor. Three seconds pause in the starting position and in the in the overhead position of the muscle snatches, the catch position in C, D and in the bottom position of the full snatch.

A. Snatch Pulls.
B. Muscle Snatch.
C. Power Snatch.
D. Deep Power Snatch.
E. Snatch with a three second pause in the bottom position.

 

Draw a line with chalk and make sure that you are not jumping forward. Don’t check the line as you land but when you are in the top position. First you lift, then you check.

Notice that this week has five reps and not three reps in the snatch warm-up. Take slightly longer breaks and be sure not to let the lower back cramp up.

Last week I introduced a three second pause in the starting position and we will continue on that theme. The idea here is to improve the mobility of the starting position. Most of us are unable to have sufficient posture in the starting position and as a result generate less power in the pull phase.

The execution is simple: you find your starting position, hold it for three seconds with as much posture as possible and start pulling without any positional corrections.
Understand that added posture of the upper body should not change the angle. Said differently: don’t lean back the upper body as you try to improve your posture in the starting position.

 

4. Snatch.
4.1 Establish your daily 1RM in snatch singles. I want you to build up with one power snatch + one squat snatch. When the power snatch gets too heavy you switch to just a single snatch. Show control in the top position for one second and drop the bar down on each and every rep.

5. TNG Snatch
5.1 Drop down to 50% of your 1RM from 4.1 and establish a daily max in TNG doubles.

5.2 Drop down to 90% of the 2RM and do three sets of triples.

5.3. Drop down to 75% of the 2RM for two sets of five reps.

 

6. Snatch.

Establish your daily 1RM in snatch singles.

NB: I know that it seems like a marathon session but I want to stress that Sara Sigmundsdóttir and many of the other athletes that I program for will do a session like this in 90 minutes. You can do it too if you come to train and not to talk.

1.Squat.
– whatever version of the Russian squat cycle you are on – do it!

 

2. Power clean + power jerk
2.1 Establish a daily 2RM. First do the two power cleans (as TNG) and then the two power jerks (not as TNG).
2.2 Establish another daily 2RM. Do one full lift at the time without dropping the bar to the ground.
2.3 Do five additional singles at the weight of the heaviest double you managed to hit.

1.Squat.

– whatever version of the Russian squat cycle you are on – do it!

 

2. OHS Complex
Performed with an empty barbell; two sets of five reps in the three different versions. These are: (1) down slow, up fast, without pause in the bottom position; (2) down slow, up fast but with a three second pause in the top- and bottom position; (3) 1,5’s. No pause in the bottom position but a pause in the top between reps.

 

3. Hang snatch
3.1 Establish your daily 1RM in hang snatch.
3.2 Do five additional singles at 90%.
3.3 Do five additional doubles at 80%.

4. Clean & Jerk (squat clean + split jerk)
4.1 Establish your daily 1RM.

4.2 Drop down to 70% and do:
10 power cleans

10 hang power cleans
10 cleans
10 hang cleans
10 power clusters (power clean + push-press directly from the catch position)
10 hang clusters
30 shoulder to overhead

 

1.Narrow Grip OHS Complex

Performed with an empty barbell; two sets of five reps in the three different versions. These are: (1) down slow, up fast, without pause in the bottom position; (2) down slow, up fast but with a three second pause in the top- and bottom position; (3) 1,5’s. No pause in the bottom position but a pause in the top between reps.

Do the first set with a grip only slightly narrower than your snatch grip. Try to use a progressively narrower grip in each set. If the bar goes forward, if you bend your arms or if it actually hurts instead giving a good stretch you know that the grip was too narrow.

 

2. Power jerk + split jerk
2.1 Establish a 1RM power jerk + split jerk.
2.2 Drop down to 70% of your just established 1RM and build to a second daily max.
2.3 Drop down to 70% of your just established 1RM and build to a third daily max.

 

3. Deadlift
No straps, no belts. Use mix grip. I want you to use your strongest mix grip in the first set, the weakest mix grip in the second set and alternate for every rep in the third/last set.

You have to lower the barbell slowly and explode on the way up. I do not want you to smash the plates into the ground on every rep. Control is key. Make sure that your upper body is slightly tilted forward in the top and the hips neutral not opened. Forget about the hips and focus instead of stretching your legs while keep a slight upper body tilt in the top.

3.1 Ten reps, touch and go, strongest mix-grip.

3.2 Ten reps, touch and go, weakest mix-grip.

3.3 Ten reps, alternating between weakest and strongest mix grip, lift the bar and then drop it down.

 

– My deadlift sessions are always a part of an ongoing cycle. If this is your first time doing it you chose a weight, which you could do 20-30 reps on. You pick a light weight. Every week the weight increases with 2-10 kilos depending on the person. Late into the cycle many weeks from now when you begin to approach failure you simply restart the cycle on a light weight with the stated goal of finishing that second cycle on a heavier weight than the first.

 

* IMPORTANT*

The deeper you get into the deadlift cycle the less importance is given to the last two sets. As soon as you get to the point where it is not easy to do the three sets anymore, lets say half-way into the cycle or so, you should begin to lower the weight of set 2 and 3. In the end of the cycle it’s all about that one heavy set. You can either skip the two additional sets entirely or you can decrease the weight substantially.

 

Squatting update!

I have designed the following squat program build on the first three weeks of the Russian squat program but incorporating both front squats and back squats in the same cycle.

W1: FS 6×2 reps, BS 6×3 reps, FS 6×2 reps
W2: BS 6×4 reps, FS 6×2 reps, BS 6×5 reps
W3: FS 6×2 reps, BS 6×6 reps, FS 6×2 reps

1 deload week (optional).

W1: BS 6×2 reps, FS 6×3 reps, BS 6×2 reps
W2: FS 6×4 reps, BS 6×2 reps, FS 6×5 reps
W3: BS 6×2 reps, FS 6×6 reps, BS 6×2 reps

 

BS: 80% of your 1RM.
FS: 80% of your 1RM

 

If you don’t know what your 1RM is you need to take a day to max out. I strongly recommend that you keep the weight conservative. It’s preferable to have the squat cycle being a bit too light rather than a bit too heavy.

After completing the cycle it is not required to max out. You can simply add five kilos to your 1RM, recalculate and start the cycle all over again.

 

In every session you are allowed to max out in singles either before or after doing the work-sets. You are allowed to but you don’t have to.