Back to Basics: Part 1: Training by Chad Vaughn OLY in TrainHeroic

Back to Basics: Part 1

Vaughn Weightlifting + Squat University

Olympic Lifting, Weightlifting, Strength & Conditioning
Coaches
Chad Vaughn OLY and Dr. Aaron Horschig

Vaughn Weightlifting and Squat University have teamed up to bring you Part 1 (of 2) of a Weightlifting program designed to get Back to the Basics en route to breaking PR's and making gainz that have been eluding you.

Whether you're a true novice that is new to the sport of weightlifting or you're a seasoned veteran who is looking for a program to take you to places you've never been before, you're in the right place.

We've taken basic principles from weightlifting & strength and conditioning, adding in movement & mobility to ensure you're making yourself bulletproof from injury, and challenging you for 13 consecutive weeks.

Expect to PR your Back Squat, Your Snatch, and Your Clean & Jerk over the next 13 weeks.

If you have the persistence, toughness, & grit to stick it out for 13 weeks, you'll undoubtedly be back for Part 2.

Expect 5 tough sessions each week that include a detailed warm-up, Olympic lifting, strength & accessory work, & recovery protocols to make sure you're ready show up tomorrow too.

If you're looking for answers to the questions about how to make the next big leap in your training, look no further.

Click below to get started today!

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A Program Designed for Progress
Each week we'll adjust for volume and intensity, leveraging basic principles of progressive overload to help you make big strides over the next 13 weeks.
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Crush PRs
You'll PR you Back Squat, your Snatch, and your Clean & Jerk. If you stick to the plan and put in the work, you should expect nothing less than to hit new personal records.
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Mobility and Movement that Matters
Aaron and I worked together to give you a program that addresses the sexy stuff (heavy lifts) with the less sexy stuff (mobility and movement) in a way that's fun and sustainable so that you're not only making progress in your Oly lifts, but so you're feeling good and staying pain and injury free along the way.
Features
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Programming 5 days per week
Detailed Warm-Ups, Oly lifting, Strength and accessory work, and mobility to keep you progressing in a sustainable way.
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Exercise Video Guidance
Detailed movement demos so that you're never guessing what we're asking for.
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Detailed, expert instruction
We'll give you much more than just set and reps. You'll have the finer details that help you get the most out of the program.
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Delivered through TrainHeroic
Sweating over a lifeless PDF is so last year. We will push you harder, know you better, and keep you going longer, all through an app.
Equipment
Required
Barbell + Plates // Kettlebells + Dumbbells // Theraband / Bands
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Sample Week
Week 1 of 13-week program
Sunday
Intro Week Day 1

Warmup

A

*NO Shoes/Socks through entire warm up* A1. Theraband Warm Up(Part 2) - 10 reps each A2. Wrists-Ups and Downs - 15 reps each arm, each exercise

Prep

B

Squat Sequence, Relax Th'Back!

*Exaggerate your foot position through this warmup sequence to assist with general mobility work and position improvements. Basic exaggeration = 1 inch more narrow and 5 degrees more turned in than normal with each foot than normal stance 2 Rounds: B1. Overhead Mobility Drill - 2 rounds -1 round = 5 shoulder rotations + 5 behind neck press and stretch with reverse grip B2. Air Squat w/Elevation - 5 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep B3. Hamstring Leg Lifts - 15 reps/side B4. Bottom Squat Hold w/support - 30 seconds total B5. Thoracic Wrap - 2 minutes B6. Air Squat(NO elevation) - 5 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep

C

Back Squat High Bar

6 x 5 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

D

Overhead Squat with Snatch Grip

3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

E

Russian Kettle Bell Swings

1 x 30

Recovery

F

3 rounds: Pec smash (lacrosse ball) - 1 minute/side Thoracic Extensions with Overhead Reaches - 1 minute

Monday
Intro Week Day 2

Warmup

A

*NO Shoes/Socks through entire warm up* A1. Body Cross - 1 set 15/arm A2. Windshield Wiper - 1 set 15/arm

ARE Squats

B

1 round = 20 total reps w/5 second pause in bottom/rep -5 air squats with elevated heel -5 air squats level -5 air squats with elevated toes -5 air squats level

Barbell Mobility Complex

C

1 round = 5 reps each, pausing for 2 seconds at each end-range position, of: -Good Mornings -Back Squats -Back Rack Elbow Rotations -Behind Neck Press and Stretch -Narrow Grip Overhead Squats -Clean Grip Romanian Dead Lifts -Front Squats

D

Strict Press

6 x 5 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

E

Snatch Pull Under

5 x 3

Extra Credit

F

5 rounds: 5 Single Leg Squats Off Box 5 Box Jumps @ box height of choice

Recovery

G

3 rounds: Banded Hip Rock (Internal Rotation) - 1 minute/side Glute smash - 1 minute/side

Tuesday
Intro Week Day 3

Warmup

A

*NO Shoes/Socks through entire warm up* A1. Theraband Warm Up(Part 1) - 10 reps each A2. Theraband Pass Throughs - 1 set 20 reps A3. Wrist Push-Ups (Version 1) - 20 reps/arm

Squat Sequence, Get Upright!

B

*Exaggerate your foot position through this warmup sequence to assist with general mobility work and position improvements. Basic exaggeration = 1 inch more narrow and 5 degrees more turned in than normal with each foot than normal stance 1 Round of: Air Squat w/Elevation - 10 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep Bent Knee Ankle Rocks - 10 reps + 10 second hold on last rep/side Bottom Squat Hold w/support - 30 seconds total Hip Windshield Wiper - 15 reps/side Extended Arm Goblet Squat w/Elevated Heels - 10 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep Bent Knee Ankle Rocks - 10 reps + 10 second hold on last rep/side Bottom Squat Hold w/support - 30 seconds total Hip Windshield Wiper - 15 reps/side Extended Arm Goblet Squat - 10 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep

C

Clean Grip Deadlift

5, 5, 5, 3, 3, 3 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

D

Clean Pull Under

6 x 3

Strength/Power

E

Auxiliary

3 rounds: GHD Hip Extensions – 10 reps *modify to light good mornings if no GHD device GHD Sit Ups - 10 reps Modify to regular sit-ups or weighted sit-ups if not GHD device, or if unable to perform GHD sit-ups sufficiently

Recovery

F

3 rounds: Quad Foam Rolling - 1 minute/side Lunge Stretch - 10 reps + 10 second hold on last rep/side

Wednesday
Rest Day

Rest Day

A

😎 Enjoy the day!

Thursday
Intro Week Day 4

Warmup

A

*NO Shoes/Socks through entire warm up* A1. Theraband Warm Up(Part 2) - 10 reps each A2. Wrists-Ups and Downs - 15 reps each arm, each exercise

Squat Sequence, Relax Th'Back!

B

*Exaggerate your foot position through this warmup sequence to assist with general mobility work and position improvements. Basic exaggeration = 1 inch more narrow and 5 degrees more turned in than normal with each foot than normal stance 2 Rounds: B1. Overhead Mobility Drill - 2 rounds -1 round = 5 shoulder rotations + 5 behind neck press and stretch with reverse grip B2. Air Squat w/Elevation - 5 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep B3. Hamstring Leg Lifts - 15 reps/side B4. Bottom Squat Hold w/support - 30 seconds total B5. Thoracic Wrap - 2 minutes B6. Air Squat(NO elevation) - 5 reps with 3 second pause in bottom/rep

C

Behind Neck Snatch Grip STRICT Press

5, 5, 5, 3, 3, 3 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

D

Front Squat

6 x 3 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

E

Russian Kettle Bell Swings

1 x 30

Recovery

F

3 rounds: Gut Smash - 1 minute Foot Smash (external rotation) - 1 minute/side

Friday
Intro Week Day 5

Warmup

A

*NO Shoes/Socks through entire warm up* A1. Body Cross - 1 set 15/arm A2. Windshield Wiper - 1 set 15/arm

ARE Squats

B

1 round = 20 total reps w/5 second pause in bottom/rep -5 air squats with elevated heel -5 air squats level -5 air squats with elevated toes -5 air squats level

Barbell Mobility Complex

C

1 round = 5 reps each, pausing for 2 seconds at each end-range position, of: -Good Mornings -Back Squats -Back Rack Elbow Rotations -Behind Neck Press and Stretch -Narrow Grip Overhead Squats -Clean Grip Romanian Dead Lifts -Front Squats

D

Sumo Deadlift

6 x 3 @ 35, 50, 60, 70, 70, 70 %

E1

Snatch Pull ins

6 x 3 @ 45 lb

E2

Pause Snatch from Lift Off + Snatch

3 x 2

F

Suitcase Carry

6 x 45

Cooldown

G

3 rounds: Barbell Tricep Smash - 1 minute/side Banded Elbow Extensions - 10 total shifting reps/side

Saturday
Rest Day

Rest Day

A

😎 Enjoy the day!

Coaches
coach-avatar Chad Vaughn OLY

Chad is a 2-time Olympian, 9-time US National Champion, 2003 Pan American Games Gold Medalist, and American Record Holder in the sport of Weightlifting. Chad also holds CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 certificates, as well as being a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.

coach-avatar Dr. Aaron Horschig

Dr. Horschig is physical therapist, strength & conditioning coach, speaker and writer. Past patients have included professional athletes, Olympic weightlifters, Division I athletes, and athletes in a variety of sports. His goal is to not only provide the highest quality rehabilitation to athletes who have sustained an injury, but to be proactive in how we approach athletes in rehab & training.

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Get Back to Basics: Part 1
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FAQs
How long does each session take?
We've designed each session to be completed within an hour. You'll learn a bunch of new movements, specifically in the warm-up and recovery sections so expect those to take a bit longer in the first couple of weeks.
Will I set a new PR in my Back Squat at the end of the 13 weeks?
Yep!
Will I set a new PR in my Snatch at the end of the 13 weeks?
Yep!
Will I set a new PR in my Clean & Jerk at the end of the 13 weeks?
Yep!
Can I buy Part 2 before I buy Part 1?
Part 2 was designed to be a continuation from Part 1 so be sure to finish all 13 weeks of Part 1 before getting started with Part 2.
Back to Basics: Part 1