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Intermediate Block Periodization Oly Program
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For intermediate Olympic lifters looking to continue building strength and technique
4.50
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Program Description

This program was developed by Dr. Kyle Pierce for the intermediate Olympic lifter looking to hit new max totals in snatch and clean & jerk. It was developed using Dr. Pierce's research on block periodization to maximize your strength gains. It is divided into 3 phases.

Phase 1 starts with higher volume and lower intensity. The main lifts are done from the hips (hip clean and hip snatch).

Phase 2 volume is dialed back as intensity is dialed up. Main lifts are done from the knee (hang clean and hang snatch).

Phase 3 is a tapering phase in preparation for hitting max attempts on the final day.

Learn more about the program on the r/fitness wiki.

Program Overview
Level
Intermediate
Goal
Olympic Weightlifting
Equipment
Full Gym
Program Length
8 weeks
Days Per Week
4 days
Time Per Workout
60 minutes
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Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
5 Reps
70%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
65%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
65%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
5 Reps
75%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
70%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
70%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
5 Reps
80%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
75%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
75%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
3 Reps
85%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
80%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
80%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
3 Reps
90%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
85%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
85%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
3 Reps
95%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
90%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
90%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Snatch (Barbell)
1
1 Reps
100%
2
Clean & Jerk
1
1 Reps
100%
3
Box Jump
5
5 Reps
4
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
5
Back Extension
2
10 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Snatch (Barbell)
1
1 Reps
2
Clean & Jerk
1
1 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Snatch
6
5 Reps
60%*
2
Hip Clean
6
5 Reps
60%*
3
Snatch Deadlift
6
5 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Snatch
6
5 Reps
65%*
2
Hip Clean
6
5 Reps
65%*
3
Snatch Deadlift
6
5 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Snatch
6
5 Reps
70%*
2
Hip Clean
6
5 Reps
70%*
3
Snatch Deadlift
6
5 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hang Snatch
6
3 Reps
70%*
2
Hang Clean
6
3 Reps
70%*
3
Snatch Deadlift
6
3 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hang Snatch
6
3 Reps
75%*
2
Hang Clean
6
3 Reps
75%*
3
Snatch Deadlift
6
3 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hang Snatch
6
3 Reps
80%*
2
Hang Clean
6
3 Reps
80%*
3
Snatch Deadlift
6
3 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Snatch (Barbell)
3
3
3
3
3
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
50%
65%
70%
75%
80%
2
Clean & Jerk
3
3
3
3
3
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
50%
65%
70%
75%
80%
3
Box Jump
5
5 Reps
4
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
Day 2
No exercises added to this day
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
5 Reps
60%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
55%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
55%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
5 Reps
65%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
60%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
60%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
5 Reps
70%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
65%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
65%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
3 Reps
70%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
70%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
70%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
3 Reps
75%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
75%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
75%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Split Jerk
6
3 Reps
80%*
2
Squat (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
80%
3
Lunge (Barbell)
3
10 Reps
4
Overhead Press (Barbell)
5
5 Reps
80%
5
Push Up (Weighted)
2
10 Reps
* 1RM of Clean & Jerk
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Snatch (Barbell)
2
2
2
2
2
2
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
50%
65%
70%
75%
80%
85%
2
Clean & Jerk
2
2
2
2
2
2
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
50%
65%
70%
75%
80%
85%
3
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
4
Push Up (Weighted)
3
10 Reps
5
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
Day 3
No exercises added to this day
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Snatch
6
5 Reps
70%*
2
Hip Clean
6
5 Reps
70%*
3
Clean Deadlift
6
5 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Snatch
6
5 Reps
75%*
2
Hip Clean
6
5 Reps
75%*
3
Clean Deadlift
6
5 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Snatch
6
5 Reps
80%*
2
Hip Clean
6
5 Reps
80%*
3
Clean Deadlift
6
5 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hang Snatch
6
3 Reps
85%*
2
Hang Clean
6
3 Reps
85%*
3
Clean Deadlift
6
3 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hang Snatch
6
3 Reps
90%*
2
Hang Clean
6
3 Reps
90%*
3
Clean Deadlift
6
3 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hang Snatch
6
3 Reps
95%*
2
Hang Clean
6
3 Reps
95%*
3
Clean Deadlift
6
3 Reps
4
Pull-Up (Bodyweight)
3
10 Reps
5
Box Jump
3
10 Reps
6
Back Extension
3
10 Reps
* 1RM of Snatch (Barbell), Clean & Jerk
Day 4
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Snatch (Barbell)
4
4
4
4
4
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
50%
55%
60%
65%
70%
2
Clean & Jerk
4
4
4
4
4
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
1 Reps
50%
55%
60%
65%
70%
Day 4
No exercises added to this day
What People Are Saying(16 ratings)
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4.50/ 5
Alli R.Age 42, Woman
8 months ago
4 weeks complete
12 years of prior experience
As expected strength gains
As expected muscle gains
Marginal modifications
Excellent strength program to incorporate with performance based CrossFit workouts.
영재 권.
9 months ago
4 weeks complete
No modifications
Good