Going into week three of our latest Competitor cycle, athletes will start to see an increase in volume and a slight uptick on the intensity of loads lifted.

This is the perfect time to reintroduce lifting from blocks.

Why is lifting from the blocks a valuable training tool?

1. Blocks are great to use on people who are finding it difficult to lift with the proper timing, especially for lifters who struggle with getting the bar back during the second pull.
2. Blocks drill strong finishes of the second pull. With less time to place force on the bar, the athlete must learn how to accelerate the bar forcefully in a much shorter span of time. A premature finish of the second pull from blocks with heavy weight will be much more difficult to get under.
3. Blocks help athletes acclimate to increased training volume and intensity. As the bar has less distance to travel, there is subsequently less time under tension that the body has to endure. So the athlete can feel higher intensities, but not be as fried at the end of training sessions.

Competitor strength B. Block clean doubles from below the knee.
75, 80, 80, 75, 80, 85, 85% 1 RM clean. Rest two minutes.