Bigger Olympic Lifts With Chad Vaughn – Week 4/4

Build your Olympic weightlifting foundation with help from two-time Olympian, nine-time National Champion, multi-time international medalist, and American record holder Chad Vaughn.

Week Four

Day One

1. Jerk grip strict press with head tilt: 70% x10, 75% x8, 80% x6, 85% x4 90% x3 – Chin up and eyes find the ceiling on each rep

2. Front squat: 75% x3x7 sets – Relaxed hands and high elbows

3. Hip clean: load by feel x2x5-7 sets – Emphasis on vertical torso and straight extension through the shoulders

4. Clean lift-off: 105-115% (% of full clean) x2x5 sets – Partial deadlift (DL) to above the knee using leg drive and acquiring vertical shins as bar lifts off

Day Two

1) 1X snatch push press + 1X overhead squat (OHS) with 3-second pause in bottom: 5-7 sets ending at no more than 100% of snatch – Emphasis is to keep the joints stacked and bar positioned over the body’s midline

2) Hip power snatch + OHS: 70% x3, 75% x3, 80% x3, 85% x3 – Emphasis on vertical torso and straight extension through the shoulders

3) Snatch-grip deadlift (SDL) with 3-second pause above knee on descent: 90% x5, 95% x5, 100% x5x3 sets (percentage is of full snatch 1RM) – Reinforcing the knee position and vertical shins from day 1, #4

Day Three

1) Push Press: 75% x3x7 sets

2) Back squat: 75% x3x7 sets

3) Hang snatch above knee with 2 pauses: load by feel x1x5-7 sets, ending at no more than 95% of 1RM snatch – Pause 2 seconds above knee and 2 second in OHS

4) Snatch lift-off: 105-115% of full snatch 1RM x2x5 sets – Partial DL to above the knee using leg drive and acquiring vertical shins as bar lifts off

Day Four

1) Power clean above knee: 70% x3, 75% x3, 80% x2, 85% x2 – Emphasis is on getting shoulders over bar, knees back with vertical shins, and straight extension through pull

2) Clean-grip deadlift (CDL): 75% x3x7 sets (percentage of estimated 1RM of quality CDL)

3) Rack jerk: 85-95% x1x6 sets

Day Five

1) Front squat with pause: 70% x2x6 sets – First rep in each set has 3-5 second pause in the bottom

2) Snatch balance + OHS: find max – Bar should maintain a line over the base of support during each rep. Focus on control rather than speed.

3) Snatch with 3-second lift-off: 70% x3, 75% x3, 80% x3, 85% x3 (reps do not need to be consecutive but rather accumulated) – Emphasizing leg drive and controlled bar path during the initial pull to above the knee

4) Clean with 3-second lift-off + jerk with 3-second pause in split: 70% x2, 75% x2, 80% x2, 85% x2 (reps do not need to be consecutive but rather accumulated) – Emphasizing leg drive and controlled bar path during the initial pull to above the knee while demonstrating balance and control with pause in split