I have so many training methods going on in this workout! "Plus 50%", "Work into Rest", "Pacing". This double snatch workout requires light bells, the intensity will come from the high reps, the speed of light bells, and the short rest periods, and because of these reasons training double snatches becomes doable for most people.
Pacing swings really only makes sense if you are increasing or decreasing RPM (reps per minute, or in how I program and train, per 15 second intervals) when you add 1 or 2 reps. It does not make sense to train the swing faster, in my opinion, and slower? Well, again, in my experience slowing down the swing can only be done, and make sense, by 1 or 2 reps. And can only increase in speed, safely and without compromise to form and technique, by, at the most 2-4 reps (this gives you a range of 8-14 reps per 15 sec, 16-28 per 30 sec, 32-56). If you speed up the swing to it's fastest possible pace, 14 reps per 15 sec, training it for a 1 minute interval is nearly impossible, especially for a beginner, and not necessary (ever) unless it's for a very specific, sports related purpose. Otherwise you are just trying it to see if you can do it, which is the same as "testing" your skill and ability, and sometimes that's enough reason, but you don't do that every week, much less every workout! But seriously, swinging super fast on a regular basis has no room in the average persons workouts when there is so much else to do, and so much else that has greater value than burn out! (jmo)
Okay, so this post is not about swings, it's about snatches. Snatch training, however, thrives on pace work! The way I combine pacing with my own "Snatch Combinations" has, and still has, unlimited variety, mix in a few swings and I could go on and on, and on... Snatch pace can, and does, include "snatch holds", another way to train for strength and stability. That means training snatch pace gives you the options of starting at 1 rep "holds" increasing in speed up to 30 reps per minute (15 every 30 sec, 8 every 15, Max pace), give or take a rep or two, 1-30 rep pace, now that's variety! Snatch for strength and stability, or speed and endurance, or all of them.
Am I ever going to get to the workout? I've decided to post as many of my own workout videos that I have time and energy to tape, but I may not do a lot of writing/explaining of the routine. I will write the workout down in my own shorthand, but if you want to try them, just train along with me as I'll lead you through, verbally, on video.
The top video was Saturdays light dble snatch workout, refined by the one I did on Thursday, and it's written out and posted here last (at bottom of post). Saturdays video workout is shown in it's entirety (over 20 minutes) and Thursdays is separated into two parts. Saturday's workout starts with a single bell option, but it's not necessarily an easier option because you must be able to snatch for 1 minute and longer with only one hand switch, 12-18 reps each R and L. It shouldn't be a problem if you have been training regularly for some time and using the appropriate weight.
But I'm going to start with Thursdays workout because, in it, I do much more explaining and coaching of the workout, and I suggest you start with watching and following along with that one first.(#1 below) If you are just starting to experiment with light double snatches, or are a trainer that wants to introduce your clients/classes to this kind of training, this video is the first half of the workout and where you want to start, at a 12 rep per 30 sec pace. The extra reps, the ones added past the 30 sec interval, are extra bonus work! Do not do this workout or encourage beginners to #1 add extra reps at all unless you/they can competently complete the first 12! Also, do not do, or introduce, a workout like this to any client or class that has not yet trained an entire cycle or Max Vo2 training (80 sets of 7-8 reps 15/15)
12 snatches per 30 sec pace
add two reps until you increase the workload by 50%
repeat adding one rep at a time up to 50%
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
and finish with one last set of
12 minutes, 187 dbl snatches
Now the pace picks up to 14 reps per 30 sec. From this point the pace always stays the same! You should hit the 14th rep at 30 seconds, each rep addition will go into the rest period. You will increase your work, AND lose rest...a double whammy!
21 x 2, end with one last set of
11 sets, 11 minutes, 192 dbl snatches.
23 minutes, 379 dbl snatches
When I increased the pace to 14 reps per 30 sec I decided to jump up by two reps until I got to 7 additional reps (50%), but I repeated the rotation. I just couldn't bear going up by one rep at a time! I saved it for the next workout! Little did I know this was as much or more work!
"Plus 50%" Snatch-aholics (top video, Saturday's workout)
This version starts with a single bell as a warm up for the upcoming method of adding 50% more work. The sets are twice as long, 1 minute + because you have to train R and L. This was the workout I designed for last Tuesday's class and I liked it so much I interpreted it for doubles...which is how this all happened! This single bell version is another complete workout, and repeated and sped up is super fun on it's own too!
In this full length video I do not tape the first 5 minutes of swing/snatch sets that I always use as a "warm up", the video starts with the first set of the theme of the workout, which is "Plus 50%". In this workout I add reps, each set, until I have increased the rep count by 50%. In both of these workouts I start out at a 12 rep per 30 sec pace, and increase it to a 14 rep per 30 sec pace. The pace is important, and as I add reps, the pace stays the same! The extra reps will go into the rest period, do not change the pace!
With one bell, each set starts on a 2 minute interval, 12kg
12 reps R, 12 reps L (this should take 30/30, with 1 min rest)
14 reps R, 14 reps L (approx 70/50 sec)
16 reps R, 16 reps L (approx 80/40)
18 reps R, 18 reps L (approx 90/30)
12/12 (1 min/1min)
10 minutes, 144 snatch reps
With double bells each set starts "on the minute" interval (since you will be snatching both R and L at the same time) double 20 lber's
12, 14, 16, 18, 12
5 min, 72 dbl sn reps
Speed up the pace to 14 reps per 30 sec and increase each set by one additional rep
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 14
9 min, 154 dbl sn reps
Dang! Whew, done! and this was less dbl reps than I did on Thursday! Didn't feel like it! I did increase my dbl bell weight from 8kg, to 20lb, adding in 4 lbs total. Still though! You might even hear me "triple breathe" in the last few sets.
24 minutes, 144 sngl snatch reps w/12kg, 226 dbl sn reps w/20lb bells (370 total snatch reps)
If your conditioning or skill is not up to this level, and or you are training with someone who is not up to this level, the progression is this order.
#1 decrease the number of reps per interval.
#2 decrease the number of reps per interval, but do not decrease the rep pace. For instance, if you can only dble snatch 10 reps safely, then only complete 10, but at the 12 or 14 rep per 30 sec pace. For that matter if 5 reps is you max at that pace that's perfectly fine.
#3 complete only the 12 or 14 reps per 30 seconds. Do not add additional reps at all.
PS if "knocking" double bells bothers you then you must have a longer inseam than I do! (one of my training partners is 4'11"). Good thing Franz Snideman isn't watching...or should I say, listening!