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Back to Basics


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A nice and simple 8-week training cycle to prepare you for max snatch and clean & jerk testing or competition. Nothing fancy, just the same old basics that have been working for decades.

Good for:
  • Combing with CrossFit
  • Newer lifters
Notes: Increase weight on bold sets if you feel good

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Sample Week

Week 1 Day 1 Monday
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  • Back Squat – 60%x10, 65%x8, 70%x6, 75%x4, 65%x10
  • Jerk Behind the Neck (3 sec hold in split) – 70%x3x5
  • Push Press – 70%x5x3
Back to Basics week 1 of 8
 

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Week 1 Day 2 Tuesday
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  • Hang Snatch (mid-thigh) – 70%x3x5
  • Snatch Deadlift on Riser – 75%x5, 80%x5, 85%x5
  • Weighted Back Extensions – 3x10


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Week 1 Day 3 Wednesday
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  • Pause Back Squat – 65%x5x3
  • Power Clean + Power Jerk – 70%x1+3x5
  • Snatch Push Press + Overhead Squat – 70%x5+2x5


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Week 1 Day 4 Thursday
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  • Hang Clean (mid-thigh) – 70%x3x5
  • Clean Deadlift on Riser – 75%x5, 80%x5, 85%x5
  • SLDL (% of back squat) – 50%x8x3


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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 – 70%x3, 75%x2, 80%x2, 85%x1x3, 80%x2
  • Clean & Jerk – 70%x3(1+1), 75%x2(1+1), 80%x2(1+1), 85%x1+1x2, 80%x2(1+1)
  • Front Squat – 70%x5, 75%x4, 80%x3x2


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Week 1 Day 7 Sunday
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Rest day

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8 Comments
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Franjo Palaic
February 5 2018
which program would you recommend for someone with a physical job and only 4 times per week training?
This is a good one. Use the program filter to select programs with low to moderate volume. All have 5 days/week but you can modify to 4.

Greg Everett
Benjamin Beilman
July 5 2018
During the deload period of the cycle, how should I approach accessory work?
Benjamin - Keep the accessory work pretty light, but still keep doing it. Really easy low impact movements. 

Alyssa Sulay
Sean Bak
February 19 2021
how do you recommend we modify programs to 4x/week?
Please read this

Greg Everett
Tanner Lyon
March 28 2021
Intermediate weightlifter with competition cycle experience in the past. Left due to shoulder issues last year. Trying to rebuild and ease into it. You think this one would be appropriate?
Yes, just be flexible with the weight prescriptions.

Greg Everett