Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday - Day One of the Bulgarian Cycle

What? I hear you ask. So here is the explanation from the Catalyst Site http://www.performancemenu.com/index.php.

Bulgarian Cycles
Weeks 5-8 and 13-16 are Bulgarian-style cycles developing the athlete’s technical proficiency with the classic lifts and his or her ability to manage frequent heavy lifting. The programming of these cycles is based on Mike Burgener’s 6-week Bulgarian program.

Initially, these cycles will prove extremely difficult for athletes without prior experience with training of such a nature. These individuals will find themselves unusually fatigued—both physically and mentally—slow, and abounding with aching joints. Modifications will be necessary in the first cycle to allow the athlete a chance to adapt to this kind of training and prevent complete neurological burnout or joint injuries. By the next occurrence of the Bulgarian cycle, the athlete will be able to handle it considerably better and require little if any divergence from prescription.

Sounds like fun doesn't it?
So the first day went something like this:
Snatch - 85% x 1 x 3 105#
Clean & jerk - 85% x 1 x 3 150#
Front squat - 85% x 2 x 3 210#
Jerk dip squat - 110% (of jerk) x 5 x 2 195#
GHD sit-ups - 3 x 8 (weighted if needed) 10#/15#/20#

This stuff is hard and heavy! The rest of the week will be interesting!

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