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Cycle: Strength by Feel Cycle

9 weeks

9 week strength emphasis cycle using less prescribed percentages and more weights
according to feel. Well-suited for athletes without well-developed classic
lifts.<br />
<br />
<strong>Volume:</strong> High<br />
<strong>Intensity:</strong> Adjustable<br />
<br />
<strong>Good For:</strong>
<ul>
<li>Intermediate to advanced lifters</li>
<li>Lifters without accurate 1RMs</li>
<li>Overhead and squat strength</li>
<li>CrossFitters or other athletes who want to emphasize strength and
weightlifting temporarily while not losing a lot of conditioning (minimal
conditioning work included)</li>
</ul>
<strong>Notes:<br />
</strong>
<ul>
<li>In this cycle, % prescriptions following any &quot;RM&quot; are percents of
the weight used for that rep maximum; e.g. &quot;Jerk - 4RM; 90% x 4 x 2&quot;
means you take the jerk up to the heaviest set of 4 you can manage, then use 90%
of that weight for 2 more sets of 4 reps.</li>
</ul>

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Monday April 4 2011

- Jerk - 4RM; 90% x 4 x 2


- Push Press - 5RM; 90% x 5 x 2
- Back Squat - 5RM; 90% x 5 x 4
- Bent row - 5RM; 90% x 5 x 2
- Unanchored sit-ups - 3 x max reps

Week 1 of 9

In this cycle, % prescriptions following any &quot;RM&quot; are percents of the


weight used for that rep maximum; e.g. &quot;Jerk - 4RM; 90% x 4 x 2&quot; means
you take the jerk up to the heaviest set of 4 you can manage, then use 90% of that
weight for 2 more sets of 4 reps.

This week, don't take the rep maxes to absolute max effort - push hard, but finish
with a bit left in the tank. Next week your goal will be to beat the numbers from
this week.

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Tuesday April 5 2011

- Mid-hang snatch - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power clean - 70% x 3 x 3
- Snatch deadlift - 5RM
- Stiff-legged deadlift - 3 x 5

4 sets; no rest:
15 kb swings
20 KB topside halfmoons (10/side)

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Wednesday April 6 2011

- Overhead squat - 2RM; 90% x 2 x 2


- Push press - 90% (of tuesday's 5RM) x 5 x 3
- Back squat - 90% (of Tuesday's 5RM) x 5 x 3
- Bent row - 90% (of Tuesday's 5RM) x 5 x 3
- Front/side planks - 2 x max (add wt if more than 1 min hold)

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Thursday April 7 2011

- Mid-hang clean - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power snatch - 70% x 3 x 3
- Clean deadlift - 5RM
- Good morning - 3 x 5

30 sec rest after each interval:


500 m row
400 m row
300 m row
200 m row
100 m row

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Friday April 8 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday April 9 2011

- Snatch - heavy single


- Clean & jerk - heavy single
- Front squat - heavy double

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Sunday April 10 2011
Rest Day

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Monday April 11 2011

- Jerk - 4RM; 90% x 4 x 2


- Push Press - 5RM; 90% x 5 x 2
- Back Squat - 5RM; 90% x 5 x 4
- Bent row - 5RM; 90% x 5 x 2
- Unanchored sit-ups - 3 x max reps

This week your goal is to beat your numbers from last week. We're not aiming for
failed reps, but push as hard as you can - next week will be a slight back-off week
to recover from this week's effort.

Week 2 of 9

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Tuesday April 12 2011

- Mid-hang snatch - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power clean - 70% x 3 x 3
- Snatch deadlift - 5RM
- Stiff-legged deadlift - 3 x 5

For 6 min:
1-arm KB clean & push press
20 sec/arm / 20 sec rest

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Wednesday April 13 2011

- Overhead squat - 2RM; 90% x 2 x 2


- Push press - 90% (of tuesday's 5RM) x 5 x 3
- Back squat - 90% (of Tuesday's 5RM) x 5 x 3
- Bent row - 90% (of Tuesday's 5RM) x 5 x 3
- Front/side planks - 2 x max (add wt if more than 1 min hold)

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Thursday April 14 2011

- Mid-hang clean - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power snatch - 70% x 3 x 3
- Clean deadlift - 5RM
- Good morning - 3 x 5

3 sets; no rest:
5 sandbag shoulder/side
15 pull-ups

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Friday April 15 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday April 16 2011

- Snatch - heavy single


- Clean & jerk - heavy single
- Front squat - heavy double
- Ab & back work of choice
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Sunday April 17 2011
Rest Day

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Monday April 18 2011

- Jerk - 90% x 2 x 4
- Push Press - 90% x 4 x 3
- Back Squat - 90% x 4 x 5
- Bent Row - 90% x 4 x 3

All percentages are of last week's RMs.

Week 3 of 9

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Tuesday April 19 2011

- Mid-hang snatch - 90% x 2 x 3

- Power clean - 65% x 2 x 3

- Snatch deadlift - 90% x 4

- Stiff-legged deadlift - 3 x 4; 90%&nbsp; of last wk

All percentages are of last week's RMs.

5 sets; no rest:
1 rope climb (or 5 towel/rope pull-ups)
10 push-ups

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Wednesday April 20 2011

- Overhead squat - 85% x 2 x 3


- Push Press - 85% x 4 x 3
- Back Squat - 85% x 4 x 3
- Bent Row - 85% x 4 x 3

All percentages of last week's RMs.

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Thursday April 21 2011

- Mid-hang clean - 90% x 2 x 3

- Power snatch - 65% x 2 x 3

- Clean deadlift - 90% x 4


- Good morning - 3 x 5 (90% of last wk)

All percentages are of last week's RMs.

3 sets:
300 m row
10 KB snatch/arm
30 sec rest

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Friday April 22 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday April 23 2011

- Snatch - 80-90% x 1
- Clean & Jerk - 80-90% x 1
- Front Squat - 90% (of last week's 2RM) x 1 x 2

Take the snatch and CJ up between 80-90% for one single depending on how you're
feeling. Next week is back to heavy training, so be smart and don't push lifts that
aren't there.

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Sunday April 24 2011
Rest Day

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Monday April 25 2011

- Jerk - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Push Press - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2
- Back Squat - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 4
- Bent Row - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2

Don't push RMs to absolute max this week; the goal will be to improve next week.
Percentages are of RM weight.

Week 4 of 9

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Tuesday April 26 2011

- Clean - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power Snatch - 75% x 2 x 3
- Clean Pull - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2
- Clean Deadlift - 3RM

3 sets; no rest:
10 sandbag halfmoons/side
5 box jumps - mid-thigh+
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Wednesday April 27 2011

- Snatch Balance - 2RM; 90% x 2 x 2


- Push Press - 90% (of Mon) x 3 x 3
- Back Squat - 90% (of Mon) x 3 x 3
- Bent Row - 90% (of Mon) x 3 x 3

For 5 minutes:
5 DB hang power clean
5 DB push press
5 DB clean
5 DB power jerk
30 sec rest

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Thursday April 28 2011

- Snatch - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power Clean - 75% x 2 x 3
- Snatch Pull - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2
- Snatch Deadlift - 3RM

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Friday April 29 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday April 30 2011

- Snatch - heavy single


- Clean & Jerk - heavy single
- Front Squat - heavy double

3 sets; no rest:
15 KB swings
15 hanging leg raise or knees to elbows

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Sunday May 1 2011
Rest Day

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Monday May 2 2011

- Jerk - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Push Press - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2
- Back Squat - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 4
- Bent Row - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2

Percentages following RMs is of that RM.

Week 5 of 9
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Tuesday May 3 2011

- Clean - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power Snatch - 75% x 2 x 3
- Clean Pull - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2
- Clean Deadlift - 3RM

3 sets; no rest:
15 kb snatch/arm
3 rope climb (or 10 rope/towel pull-ups)

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Wednesday May 4 2011

- Snatch Balance - 2RM; 90% x 2 x 2


- Push Press - 90% of Monday's RM x 3 x 3
- Back Squat - 90% of Monday's RM x 3 x 3
- Bent Row - 90% of Monday's RM x 3 x 3

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Thursday May 5 2011

- Snatch - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 2


- Power Clean - 75% x 2 x 3
- Snatch Pull - 3RM; 90% x 3 x 3
- Snatch Deadlift - 3RM

4 sets; no rest:
300 m row
10 1-arm KB push press/side

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Friday May 6 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday May 7 2011

- Snatch - heavy single


- Clean & Jerk - heavy single
- Front Squat - heavy double
- Ab and back work of choice

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Sunday May 8 2011
Rest Day

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Monday May 9 2011

- Power Snatch - heavy singe; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Jerk - heavy single
- Back squat - 2RM
- Push press - 2RM
- Back extensions - 3 x 10

Week 6 of 9

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Tuesday May 10 2011

- Clean - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Clean pull - 3RM; 90% of that x 3 x 2
- Clean block pull (mid-thigh) - 3RM; 90% of that x 3 x 2

4 sets; no rest:
1 min jump rope
10 alternating DB push press/side

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Wednesday May 11 2011

- Power Clean & Power Jerk - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Front squat - heavy double; 90% of that x 2 x 2
- Push press - 90% of Monday x 2 x 3
- Back extensions - 3 x 10

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Thursday May 12 2011

- Snatch - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Snatch pull - 3RM; 90% of that x 3 x 2
- Snatch block pull (mid-thigh) - 3RM; 90% of that x 3 x 2

4 sets; no rest:
5 box jumps from squat position
10 DB chainsaw row/side

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Friday May 13 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday May 14 2011

- Snatch - heavy single


- Clean & Jerk - heavy single
- Front squat - heavy single
- Ab and back work of choice
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Sunday May 15 2011
Rest Day

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Monday May 16 2011

- Snatch - 80% x 1 x 5
- Snatch Pull - 90% x 3 x 3
- Clean & Jerk - 80% x 1 x 3
- Front squat - 80% x 2 x 3

Week 7 of 9

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Tuesday May 17 2011

- Mid-hang snatch - work up to heaviest double for day


- Power clean - heavy single
- Back Squat - Heavy single; 80% of that x 2 x 2

3 sets; no rest:
10 sandbag shoulder-to-shoulder push press
300 m row

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Wednesday May 18 2011

- Clean & Jerk - 80% x 1 x 5


- Clean Pull - 90% x 3 x 3
- Snatch - 80% x 1 x 3
- Front squat - 80% x 2 x 3

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Thursday May 19 2011

- Mid-hang clean + power jerk - work up to heaviest double for day


- Power snatch - heavy single
- Back Squat - Heavy single; 80% of that x 1 x 4

3 sets; no rest:
10 kb snatch/arm
15 push-ups

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Friday May 20 2011
Rest Day

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Saturday May 21 2011
- Snatch - heavy single*
- Clean & jerk - heavy single*
- Front squat - heavy single
- Back extensions - 3x10

*If your heavy single is 85% or less, drop down to 75-80% and perform 3 singles.

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Sunday May 22 2011
Rest Day

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Monday May 23 2011

- Power snatch - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 1


- Jerk - heavy single
- Back Squat - heavy double
- Push Press - heavy double

Week 8 of 9

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Tuesday May 24 2011

- Clean - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Clean Pull - 3RM; 90% of that x 3 x 2

3 sets; no rest:
10 1-arm KB swings/arm
10 pull-ups

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Wednesday May 25 2011

- Power Clean & Power Jerk - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Front Squat - heavy double
- Push Press - 90% of Mon x 2 x 3

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Thursday May 26 2011

- Snatch - heavy single; 90% of that x 1 x 2


- Snatch Pull - 3RM; 90% of that x 3 x 2

for 5 min:
30 sec jump rope / 30 sec rest

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Friday May 27 2011
Rest Day
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Saturday May 28 2011

- Snatch - heavy single


- Clean & Jerk - heavy single
- Front squat - heavy single
- Ab and back work of choice

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Sunday May 29 2011
Rest Day

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Monday May 30 2011

- Snatch - 90% x 1
- Clean & Jerk - 90% x 1
- Front Squat - 90% x 1 x 2

We will be going for max lifts on Saturday, so the workload this week will be very
low. Avoid the temptation to throw in more training. If you want to get in more
reps of the classic lifts, add more warm-up lifts on your way up to the prescribed
weights each day.

Week 9 of 9

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Tuesday May 31 2011

- Snatch - 60% x 1 x 5 OTM


- Snatch Pull - 100% (of snatch) x 2 x 3
- Clean & Jerk - 60% x 1 x 5 OTM
- Clean Pull - 100% (of clean) x 2 x 3

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Wednesday June 1 2011

- Snatch - 80% x 1
- Clean & Jerk - 80% x 1

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Thursday June 2 2011

- Snatch - 70% x 1
- Clean & Jerk - 70% x 1

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Friday June 3 2011
Rest Day
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Saturday June 4 2011

- Snatch - max
- Clean & Jerk - max
- Front or Back squat - max

Rest 10 minutes between lifts, but stay warm.

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Sunday June 5 2011
Rest Day