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Old 01-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

Does anyone use the Wendler 5-3-1 program for Olympic Lifts? Our coaches like to use it for both the power lifting training and for the olympic movements. I do not like the Wendler Program for the olympic movements - usually I don't see many people load up the bar with 90% of their 1RM and then try and crank out 10x squat cleans.


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Old 01-12-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

I tried it once, but quickly stopped. It may be OK for the power versions but goes completely against the notion of Snatch in 2's and Clean in 3's.
It would work well for accessories though - like OHS and FS.
It makes more sense to follow a Oly lifting template (like Catalyst Athletics etc), than bastardize a rep scheme to get stronger in the power lifts.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

There are so many good weightlifting programs out there, why not use a proven one for that, rather than implementing a power program for it? I don't get it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

Thanks, Sean. I am wondering the same thing.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

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There are so many good weightlifting programs out there, why not use a proven one for that, rather than implementing a power program for it? I don't get it.
Basically, this!! Wendler was designed for PL, NOT OLY. There is a very good reason for this.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

There's nothing wrong with doing heavy singles/doubles or 5/3/1 percentages on power cleans and power snatches prior to squats or deadlifts if you're doing them for general athleticism. In the 5/3/1 e-book Wendler recommends the power versions of the lifts in that manner.

But yeah, if you're trying to become a better Oly lifter you'd be better off doing an Oly program.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

No one should be doing Olympic lifts for plus sets. That's a good way to get your clients injured. Programs like 5/3/1 and Juggernaut are geared towards hypertrophy; that's not the training response you want to be focusing on when programming Olympic lifts; they're just not suitable for that purpose. Olympic lifts are explosive high skill movements; their purpose in training is to develop explosive speed and power. Using them in a protocol intended to maximize muscle fatigue is not only counterproductive , it's a recipe for disaster.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #8
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

The catalyst athletics site looks really good. Are there other programs you guys recommend for the Olympic lifts?

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

From Mike's Gym (Coach B) - all wfs

http://www.mikesgym.org/programs/ind...m&programID=35

http://www.mikesgym.org/programs/ind...m&programID=27

http://www.mikesgym.org/programs/ind...m&programID=10
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:01 PM   #10
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Re: Wendler Program for Olympic Lifts?

http://www.pendlay.com/Pendlay-Begin...s_ep_57-1.html

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