Strength & Conditioning – Dan John: Week 3, Day 2

Nearing the end of our three week workout cycle from Dan John – but you can still jump in anytime right from the start!

We are in our final week of workouts designed by Dan John. With a background in track and field, weightlifting, and Highland Games, and having worked with elite athletes for years, Dan knows what it takes to make someone fast and strong.

Three new workouts from Dan are posted each week, starting on Monday. They can be done on any day you have available.

To learn more about Dan, read our feature interview:

Part 1: The State of the Fitness Union

Part 2: Lineage and Longevity

Part 3: Quadrants and Clients

Week Three – Consisting of Three Days of Lifting

Daily Warm Up:

I suggest you use a Kettlebell or a Dumbbell when you warm up. I start off with a series of walks, easy squats, some planks, and then move up to some lifting movements like the Row and Push Up. If you need to do additional mobility work, do it here, but reserve things like Static Stretching and Foam rolling until after the workout.

  • Waiter Walks/Suitcase Walks
  • Light Goblet Squats / Hip Flexor Stretch “Make Space”
  • Plank (Superman and One Leg Variations)
  • Windmill Movements (Get Up Series)
  • Pushup Position Planks (Superman and One Leg Variations)
  • Scap or Horizontal Shrugs “Relax into Stretch”
  • Three Point One Arm Rows
  • Alligator Push Ups Tic-tock-tic-tock…(Do a Push Up, move a hand forward, Push Up, Move other hand forward…a walking Push Up)
  • Half Turkish Get ups using the elbow as a lever


“The Three Amigos”

1-2-3 x 5
Front Squats
Bench Press
Power Curl

Add Weight at every cluster. So, after a first set of one rep, short rest, two reps, short rest, then three reps, add more weight to the bar.

This workout really works well for “Greasing the Groove” with strength. The last sets of each lift is going to be pretty heavy. Note that this is the “opposite” of Day One (Week Three): what is odd is that the triples seem easier that the singles.

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