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):
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)