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Cluster Sets for the Classic Lifts


#1

Hello! I have been considering the use of cluster sets for the snatch and clean and jerk. Is there an intelligent way to set this up or would I be better off using the cluster sets for Pulls, Squats and Push Presses/Behind the Neck Jerk? If so, do you have a suggestion on intensity for the Classic Lifts if the strength work is done using cluster sets? Your input would be appreciated, thank you.


#2

Clusters actually come from the training of the olympic lifts. Think about it, how does an olympic lifter do a set of snatch or clean & jerk? Lift the bar, drops it, reset slowly (sometimes even rechalk), lift, drop, reset slowly, lift… Basically a cluster. So there is no reason why you cannot apply clusters to the classic lifts. The main difference vs. strength lifts is the percentage used which should be a little lower with the olympic lifts


#3

Never thought of it that way thank you. Would 80% for triples and 85% for doubles be a good starting point if my max snatch double is 90% of my best single?