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Quick & Classic


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This is a quick 4-week block that focuses on the snatch and clean & jerk and goes for maxes on the last Saturday. Plenty of work on the classic lifts, but still doing pulls, powers and hang lifts as well.

"Snatch went from 80# to 85#, C&J from 105# to 115#, and front squat from 145# to 150#. I have my first weightlifting competition in two weeks and feel much more confident with these gains." - Kay L.

"Awesome program! C&J went from 180# to 195#, Snatch from 125# to 135#, Front sq from 195# to 210#" - Billy C.

"Snatch: went from 95-110#, C&J: 130-135#, Clean: 145-150#, Front Squat: 150-175#" - Brent K.

Good For:
  • Lifters with limited training time each day
  • Lifters who don't have accurate 1RM snatch and CJ
  • Lifters who need to focus on the basics, i.e. competition lifts, pulls and squats and not much else.
Notes: This is a short cycle that is adjustable based on feel day to day - only some lifts are prescribed with percentages, and they are adjustable in most cases.

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Sample Week

Week 1 Day 1 Monday
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  • Snatch - 5 x 3 (~70-80%)
  • Snatch pull - 4 x 4
  • Pause back squat - 4 x 3
Feel out weights for each exercise that are challenging but not max efforts.

This will be a quick 4-week cycle working to max snatch and CJs on Saturday of week 4.

Week 1 of 4

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Week 1 Day 2 Tuesday
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  • Power snatch + snatch - 65% (of snatch) x 1+1 x 2, 70% x 1+1 x 2, 75% x 1+1 x 2
  • Power clean + power jerk - 75% x 5 sets
3 sets; no rest:
400 m row
10 push press behind the neck

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Week 1 Day 3 Wednesday
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  • Clean & Jerk - 5 x 3 (~70-80%)
  • Clean pull - 4 x 4
  • Front squat - 4 x 2
Feel out weights for each exercise that are challenging but not max efforts.

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Week 1 Day 4 Thursday
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  • Hang snatch (below knee) - 75% x 2 x 5
  • Hang clean (below knee) - 75% x 2 x 5
  • Heaving snatch balance - 4 x 3
For 5 minutes:
1-Arm KB clean + push press x 5/arm
5 lateral lunge/leg

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Week 1 Day 5 Friday
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Rest Day

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Week 1 Day 6 Saturday
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  • Snatch - 60%x3, 70%x2, 75%x2, 80%x2, 85% x 1 x 3
  • Clean & Jerk - 60%x3, 70%x2, 75%x2, 80%x2, 85% x 1 x 3
  • Front squat - heavy single; 90% x 1 x 2
4 sets; no rest:
10 KB swings
10 DB chainsaw row/arm

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Week 1 Day 7 Sunday
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Rest Day

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17 Comments
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Brett Kelly
May 2 2015
Been doing crossfit for about a year, needed some reinforcement on the classic lifts.
Snatch: went from 95-110#
C&J: 130-135#
Clean: 145-150#
Front Squat: 150-175#
Kay Lybeck
October 19 2014
Just finished this program and made gains. Snatch went from 80# to 85#, C&J from 105# to 115#, and front squat from 145# to 150#. I have my first weightlifting competition in two weeks and feel much more confident with these gains. Thank you for providing the training cycles.
Billy Cedar
August 25 2014
Awesome program! C&J went from 180# to 195#, Snatch from 125# to 135#, Front sq from 195# to 210#.
Brent Warn
October 20 2015
Just started the hatch program. Should I still do the squats in this program or only squat on the days I'm doing the hatch squat stuff
Choose one program and stick to it. Do not combine programs.


Steve Pan
Pablo Auquilla
February 9 2016
I would start this program but I have one question, what weight used for conditioning working? Like kettlebells, dumbbells, push press...
The conditioning work is optional and you will feel out weights for those workouts. Nothing crazy so you can recover for the next workouts.

Steve Pan
Jeremy Jusoh
June 16 2016
Hey on which days can I add my pump & fluff workouts (Delt raises, curls etc.)?
Jeremy - You can pretty much add those in after each training session if you wanted to. But take a look at the program ahead of time to make sure that it will not interfere with the program itself. 

Alyssa Sulay
Tobias Kestler
January 31 2018
After two weeks , I have to go to competition as backup Lifter. Is it bad to do a max out on Saturday after two weeks ?! Thanks
Well it's not going to be as successful halfway through the program as it would be at the end, but you won't die.

Greg Everett
Drew Bush
April 1 2018
If my schedule only allows me to lift 4 days a week, which day would you recommend to miss? Would it be possible to combine two days together, if so how would recommend doing so?
Skip Tuesday

Greg Everett
Shawn Metcalf
October 10 2019
Is it sets the reps, or reps the sets? 5x3
Shawn - it depends on how it is written. For example if it is written as 70% x 5 x 3, then it would be 3 sets of 5. If it is only written as 5 x 3, then it would be 5 sets of 3. You can find more information on how programs are notated here.

Alyssa Sulay