We’ve been extolling the virtues of precise movement for years now. It’s no secret that the more energy an athlete wastes when their technique breaks down, the harder workouts become. To give you a visual representation of what efficiency truly looks like, I’ve decided to post Nick Bloch’s first attempt at 14.1, instead of his third (don’t ask) – where he scored 32 reps more.

Nick scored 405 reps on this first attempt, but probably did it a little differently than you would think. While this score is certainly massive, the way it was achieved is more impressive IMO. Nick Clean & Jerked every rep. We discussed what he thought would be easiest before the workout, and he tested the C&J style at just a few seconds slower per round. His assumption, as was mine, was that if he could maintain pace, he’d be able to simply keep moving for the entire effort. After he finished, he told me he thought it was too slow, and that it didn’t really take much out of him. I asked if he thought he could get 450 if he changed styles, and he said he thought he could.

There are plenty of people who can lift heavy weight. The question is, how many that can lift heavy, can lift an extremely light weight – over and over – with no breakdown or even the slightest degradation of technique?

Nick Bloch – 405 Reps on 14.1 (first attempt):

WOD 140307:


7X2 Tall Snatch – work to a heavy (but perfect) double, rest 60 sec. DEMO VIDEO


2a) 5X3 Jerk Balances – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. DEMO VIDEO
2b) 5X2 Tempo HBBS @ 75% – rest 60 sec.

*Notes: Quick descent, 5 counts (seconds) in the rock bottom, bounce and quick back up.


7 rounds of:

1:00 ME Wall Balls 20/14#
0:30 ME Power Clean & Push Jerk 135/95# (Rounds 1-3) – 155/105# (Rounds 4&5) – 185/120# (Rounds 6&7)
0:30 Rest (use this time to change weights between rounds)

22 thoughts on “140307

  1. What is an acceptable percentage to be hitting for a tall snatch? My max snatch is 103kg and last week my best double for tall snatch was 58kg. Failed 60. Thoughts? I think I have good technique for the snatch. I weigh 68kg and have qualified for nationals the last two years but I feel like a little girl doing tall snatches.

    • Jake, that sounds about right. I’d say anywhere around 60% is good if you’re holding to form.

      • Thanks Rudy. It’s hard to stay strict and not bend those knees. I’m sure most people with big numbers on this are cheating it. I saw some high numbers last week and got worried.

  2. Thanks for the call out Jake. Made me watch the video again and realize no bent knees at ALL. This will be even more awkward now!

  3. BBG
    Worked to 145# (failed 150#)

    1a) 135 – 165 – 195 – 205 – 205#
    1b) 305# across

    200 total reps
    25/5 – 25/5 – 25/4 – 25/4 – 25/3 – 25/2 – 25/2
    *Wall balls all done as one UB set (46s each round)

  4. CND 14.2 no time tomorrow
    87 reps…. i knew i was bad at C2B pull-ups but not that bad.
    I really have no one to blame but myself.. i didn’t start kipping pull-ups until january, and my technique is quite flawed. Will try again monday.
    Skills like kipping and High volume DU’s have killed my ego so far this open.
    1.) worked up to 62 kg
    one bar
    Squat-285#, 300, 310 x3 (“quick back up” LOL)
    Jerk R- worked up to 100 kg
    Will do CND tomorrow instead of 14.2

  5. tall snatch up to 125
    hbbs 315
    jerk balance up to 215
    con- subbed 20# DBs thrusters for WBs
    25 thrusters on the first 2 rounds. 20 each after that
    c+j 7/6/6/4/4/2/3

  6. BBG: 95
    Strength: 1a) 205
    1b) 205
    Conditioning: kept a pace of 20/4 until 185 where I did 20/2 x2

  7. Tall Snatch: 75/85/95/105/115/125/ literally bitched out at 135 couldn’t bring myself to even attempt.. Weak.

    Jerk balance: 135/155/165/185/195
    HBBS: 305×2 275×2 I dunno felt really slow coming up so I dropped weight.

  8. BBG
    Up to 115#, felt better than last week

    1a.) up to 185#
    1b.) 300#

    213 total reps

    20-25 on WB. 3-5 on C&J

  9. Tall snatch: just stayed light and worked form.

    a) 175/185/185/195/205
    B) 280# off 375


  10. 1) 90#
    2a) 135-145-155-165-170
    2b) off of 255. Felt good shockingly

  11. 1) up to 115
    a) 185 (5×5 push jerks instead)
    b) 250

    Cond 14.2 for testing. Bad. Better monday.

  12. BBG:
    1) 95×5, 115×2

    1) 235×4, 255×1

    172 reps (mentally weak on this tonight)

  13. BBG: 65, 75, 85, 100, 105, 110#

    2a) 145, 145, 155, 155, 155
    2b) 206.5#

    Conditioning: Had to do target burpees instead of wall balls. My legs would not function well for 14.2 tomorrow with that many wall balls.

  14. M/30/175/5’9″

    BBG) 95×4, 115×3 tough

    1a) 185×4
    1b) 235×4 felt like my eyes were going to pop out of my head

    Did the round of 14 for 14.2…

  15. Been flip flopping the order of these workouts and end up doing this one after I perform the Open Workout on Saturday;

    1. 105#
    2. 205#
    3. 265#, off 355# max
    4. Went with the AD (cals) instead of Wall Balls on this one:

    1. 18/6, 17/5, 16/5, 15/6, 14/4, 15/3, 13/3; quads were smoked from 14.2 but body felt strong otherwise

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