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Old 10-02-2008, 06:30 AM   #1
Jeff Yan
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not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

Anybody know if there's an 'official' way to do today's WOD?

Someone on the main site mentioned that as long as there's a "and jerk" component to your clean, this implies "2 hands anyhow" and thus power cleans are acceptable. No sources were cited. (And everybody knows that there's literature that states that an unspecified 'clean' means a full squat clean.)

While I wouldn't discourage people from people from attempting either approach, I think I'm going to do power cleans in order to increase rounds/reps. There's obvious merit in doing full squat cleans, but for this WOD it seems to make sense from a metcon perspective to maximize work and you'd do that by trying to go as long as possible, right?

For example, I think I'd get a better workout from doing, say, 6 minutes/rounds of power cleans versus only mustering 4 minutes/rounds of full squat cleans. In those 2 complete rounds, I'll have hypothetically done 11 more reps.

Also consider the pull up ladder WOD (death by pull up). There, I usually have a preference to *not* go chest-to-bar in order to squeeze out more rounds/reps.

What are you going to/did you do?

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Old 10-02-2008, 10:31 AM   #2
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Re: not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

I'm going to clean and jerk it. Since 135# isn't go to require me to recieve the bar in the squat, I'll be "power" cleaning it instead of "squat" cleaning it.

My opinion is that if you're doing a C&J workout like this for time/reps/rounds/whatever, the only time you would "squat" clean is if the weight is too heavy to get up high enough for a "power" clean. Remember, a "squat" clean is just a failed "power" clean.
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:11 AM   #3
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Re: not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

If it's for time, I "think" it's okay to just get the bar from ground to overhead any ole' way. Isn't that the Grace rule?
Also, we just did squats the other day, so I'm doing power cleans (& Jerk).
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:43 AM   #4
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Re: not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

FYI, I went with power.
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:35 PM   #5
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Re: not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

This is one workout I'd really like to see a video of...any firebreathers out there doing 10+ rounds?...15?
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:08 PM   #6
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Re: not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

I never heard of the squat clean is a failed power clean. Is there a reference for that? Just curious.

I suck at rotating the bar and getting my elbows out there so squat cleans seemed the way to go, also the metabolic affect of the leg movement seemed worth the work.

Having said that I only got to 4 so I did it twice and that was with 95 lbs

I really need to get a good oly bar
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:40 PM   #7
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Re: not again: C&J ladder: full squat cleans or "two hands anyhow"

Mike Burgener said it in one of his videos on the main site.

And BTW, I'm planning on doing power cleans.
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