Sunday - Clean and Jerk. Week 3 Cycle 5

Not actually disappointed. Well, maybe a little. 
Today begins Week 3 of Cycle 5 and today's session had the best kind of progress: more weight and more reps. Last month I lifted 210lbs x 4 and today I got 215 x 5. I nearly had 6 (twice), and this would have beaten even my week 2 numbers from this cycle, but my coordination failed me. Still, can't complain about the progress!

Week 3 progress thus far:

Cycle 1: 195x5
Cycle 2: 200x6
Cycle 3: 205x5
Cycle 4: 210x4
Cycle 5: 215x5 (+20 lbs to the 5 rep max in 5 months)

Assistance work was awesome today. 5 sets of 10 reps of weighted dips (+45lbs) have become too easy so I'll increase their weight next time. For weighted chinups (+25lbs) I thought that last week I did 5 sets of 10 reps, so when I did 10, 10, 10, 10, then 8  I was pretty dissapointed (but confused, because they felt way easier than last time). Turns out I only did 41 reps last time and 48 today. Sweet!

Goals for today:




Video of final set below:


  1. That's an awesome set of clean and jerks. Why did you choose this exercise as opposed to overhead press, if you don't mind me asking?

  2. Thanks, Chris. I chose clean and jerks really just because I think they're cool. Nothing scientific behind it!

  3. Yo isn't this more of a power clean and jerk since you don't really squat when you clean it?