I have a quick question. Lately I have been doing Waterbury-style workouts and though I got good results, it is about time to switch it up. Since I have been training for hypertrophy lately, I have decided to focus more on explosiveness and hopefully get bigger traps as a side effect. I have started doing power cleans and snatches for the first time in over a year and it’s alot of fun.
I was talking to my buddy, who is competitive at the national level for collegiate powerlifting, and he told me something I am skeptical of. He said you have to have high absolute strength before attempting the oly lifts, otherwise you don’t get any real benefits to explosiveness. So I asked him what exactly would be an effective weight for me to use. I’m 5’8, 180 and I have been doing 5x4 with 185 on the cleans and 5x4 with 110 on the snatches. Yeah I know I suck at snatches. He told me it was useless unless I was using at least, say 300 pounds on the clean. At this point my eyes bugged out and I decided to make this post. I wouldn’t usually ask a “noob” question like this, but this guy usually has all his facts straight.
So I suppose the question is: is it necessary to have high absolute strength (apparently perceived as being able to rep out nearly double bodyweight on cleans) to gain the benefits of increased explosion when using the oly lifts?