2 Front Squats
1 Split Jerk
Set #2 – 70% of 1RM Clean and Jerk
Sets #3+4+5 – Build to a heavy complex for the day.
3 Power Cleans, 135#/95#
Repeat for a total of 5 cycles
Next are the air squats. This is the pacer of the workout. A chance to level our heart rate, and buy us a brief bit of recovery before our next transition through another round of cleans and pushups. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast here. And as we move through these, let’s respect the movement. The air squat is one that if we relax into, we’ll likely find some issues deeper into the workout. As in, our lower back. The combination of higher volume cleans and air squats can result in a gnarly back cramp if we are not disciplined with our technique. The most common pitfall in this workout will be lazy air squats. Where we dump our torso forward, placing a good amount of work on our posterior. These squats will be the grinder of the workout, but it doesn’t mean it’s alright to let our technique slide. That will do more harm than good here.
Lastly, circling back to the cleans. Again, we are looking for the unbroken barbell throughout here. And with that, we want to be mindful of our transitions. this is a workout where a second here and there between movements can creep in… and we’re looking at possibly 50+ transitions inside this workout. Disciplined movement here is highly important. Cleans, and turn parallel to the barbell for pushups. After locking out our 6th pushup, jump our feet up to extension, and move into our squats. Half turn back to our barbell for the next round.