Olympic Lifts Starter Program

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The following is a 4-week training program that can be used to get started with Olympic training programs. This is a good cycle to start with if you have not previously been doing the Olympic lifts frequently in your training. Ab work should be done every training day, along with any supplemental work, e.g. back extensions, upper body beach work, etc that you want to do. If you plan to do the conditioning portion of the program, add brief conditioning workouts 2 times per week after the workouts below. Keep them to about 5 minutes or less and generally stay away from leg-intensive exercises.

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Week 1

Choose weights by feel. Use a single weight for all prescribed sets. Weights should be challenging this week, but comfortably below max efforts.

Monday

Clean & Jerk – 5 x 2+1
Clean Pull – 3 x 3
Back Squat – 3 x 5

Wednesday

Snatch – 5 x 2
Snatch Pull – 3 x 3
Front Squat – 3 x 3

Thursday

Power Snatch – 5 x 2
Power Clean & Power Jerk – 5 x 2(1+1)
Overhead Squat – 3 x 3

Saturday

Snatch – heavy single
Clean & Jerk – heavy single
Front Squat – heavy single

Week 2

Use same or similar weights as week 1 with this increased volume.

Monday

Clean & Jerk – 5 x 3+1
Clean Pull – 4 x 3
Back Squat – 5 x 5

Wednesday

Snatch – 5 x 3
Snatch Pull – 4 x 3
Front Squat – 5 x 3

Thursday

Power Snatch – 5 x 3
Power Clean & Power Jerk – 5 x 3(1+1)
Overhead Squat – 5 x 3

Saturday

Snatch – 6 x 1
Clean & Jerk – 6 x 1
Front Squat – 3 x 1

Week 3

Up the weights from last week as you’re able to.

Monday

Clean & Jerk – 5 x 1
Clean Pull – 3 x 3
Back Squat – 5 x 3

Tuesday

Power Snatch – 5 x 3
Hang Clean – 5 x 2

Wednesday

Snatch – 5 x 1
Snatch Pull – 3 x 3
Front Squat – 5 x 2

Thursday

Hang Snatch – 5 x 3
Power Clean & Power Jerk – 5 x 1+1
Overhead Squat – 5 x 1

Saturday

Snatch – heavy single
Clean & Jerk – heavy single
Front Squat – heavy single

Week 4

Up the weights from last week as you’re able to.

Monday

Clean & Jerk – 5 x 1
Clean Pull – 3 x 2
Back Squat – 5 x 2

Tuesday

Power Snatch – 5 x 2
Power Clean – 5 x 2

Wednesday

Snatch – 5 x 1
Snatch Pull – 3 x 2
Front Squat – 3 x 2

Thursday

Hang Snatch – 5 x 2
Power Clean & Power Jerk – 4 x 1+1
Overhead Squat – 3 x 1

Saturday

Snatch – heavy single
Clean & Jerk – heavy single
Front Squat – heavy single

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