Catalyst Athletics

Weightlifting, Olympic Lifting
Coach
Greg Everett

This is the third in the series of Learn the Lifts training programs - the first of 2 intermediate level cycles.

It's an 8-week cycle with %-based loading that will work to max snatch and CJ while building better positions, strength and technique to support continued progress in the Olympic lifts.

Features
5 sessions per week
Must use App app to view and log training
Program Training
Equipment
Recommended
Barbell & PlatesSquat RackDumbbells​
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Sample Week
Week 1 of 8-week program
Sunday
Week 1 Day 1

Prep

A

Standard Warm-up

Foam Roll Series DROM Series

B

Back Squat

10, 8, 6, 4, 10 @ 60, 65, 70, 75, 65 %

C

Jerk Behind the Neck

5 x 3 @ 70 %

D

Push Press

3 x 5 @ 70 %

Accessory

E

3 sets: A1. Weighted Plank x 20-30 sec A2. DB Press in Lunge x 10 (5 each leg) A3. Jack Knife x max

Recovery

F

Post-Workout Stretching

60 sec hold on each stretch: Spiderman lunge Hip flexor lunge Squat adductor Russian baby maker Butterfly Straddle Seated Hip Hook Pigeon Lying hamstring Squatting ankle Wrist series Doorjamb Pec Underarm Apley push Leaning bar hang Squat rack push through Clean rack stretch

Monday
Week 1 Day 2

Prep

A

Standard Warm-up

Foam Roll Series DROM Series

B

Hang Snatch

5 x 3 @ 70 %

C

Snatch Deadlift on Riser

3 x 5 @ 75, 80, 85 %

D

Back Extension

3 x 10

Accessory

E

3 sets: A1. Hanging Leg Raise (sub Knees to Elbows) x max A2. Bent Row x 12-15

Recovery

F

Post-Workout Stretching

60 sec hold on each stretch: Spiderman lunge Hip flexor lunge Squat adductor Russian baby maker Butterfly Straddle Seated Hip Hook Pigeon Lying hamstring Squatting ankle Wrist series Doorjamb Pec Underarm Apley push Leaning bar hang Squat rack push through Clean rack stretch

Tuesday
Week 1 Day 3

Prep

A

Standard Warm-up

Foam Roll Series DROM Series

B

Pause Back Squat

3 x 5 @ 65 %

C

Power Clean + Power Jerk

5 x 4 @ 70 %

D

Snatch Push Press + Overhead Squat

5 x 7 @ 70 %

Accessory

E

3 sets: A1. Weighted Side Plank x 20-30 sec A2. Russian Twist x 10-15/side

Recovery

F

Post-Workout Stretching

30-60 sec hold on each stretch: Spiderman lunge Hip flexor lunge Squat adductor Russian baby maker Butterfly Straddle Seated Hip Hook Pigeon Lying hamstring Squatting ankle Wrist series Doorjamb Pec Underarm Apley push Leaning bar hang Squat rack push through Clean rack stretch

Wednesday
Week 1 Day 4

Prep

A

Standard Warm-up

Foam Roll Series DROM Series

B

Hang Clean

5 x 3 @ 70 %

C

Clean Deadlift on Riser

3 x 5 @ 75, 80, 85 %

D

Stiff-Legged Deadlift

3 x 8 @ 40 %

Accessory

E

3 sets: A1. Weighted Sit-up x 12-15 A2. Single-Leg Glute Bridge x 10-12/side

Recovery

F

Post-Workout Stretching

30-60 sec hold on each stretch: Spiderman lunge Hip flexor lunge Squat adductor Russian baby maker Butterfly Straddle Seated Hip Hook Pigeon Lying hamstring Squatting ankle Wrist series Doorjamb Pec Underarm Apley push Leaning bar hang Squat rack push through Clean rack stretch

Friday
Week 1 Day 6

Prep

A

Standard Warm-up

Foam Roll Series DROM Series

B

Snatch

3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2 @ 70, 75, 80, 85, 85, 85, 80 %

C

Clean & Jerk

6, 4, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4 @ 70, 75, 80, 85, 85, 85, 80 %

D

Front Squat

5, 4, 3, 3 @ 70, 75, 80, 80 %

Accessory

E

3 sets: A1. Single-Leg DB RDL x 10/leg A2. Plank Pull-Through x 10/side

Conditioning

F

Post-Workout Stretching

30-60 sec hold on each stretch: Spiderman lunge Hip flexor lunge Squat adductor Russian baby maker Butterfly Straddle Seated Hip Hook Pigeon Lying hamstring Squatting ankle Wrist series Doorjamb Pec Underarm Apley push Leaning bar hang Squat rack push through Clean rack stretch

Coach
coach-avatar Greg Everett

Coach of the USAW National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, coach of over 30 senior national or international level lifters, including national and world medalists, national champions and national record holders.

Weightlifting Level 3