Hey Ground Up Strength,
My name's Fernando and I currently workout of the University of Toronto Athletic Center in downtown Toronto. After about two years my focus in the past 6 months has been on learning and getting stronger on the Olympic lifts. My current maxes in the snatch is 80kg (all time 85kg Sept 2010) and in the clean and jerk 100kg (all time 107kg Oct 2010). I've based my initial training around the beginner and intermediate templates that Greg Everett from Catalyst Athletics provided in his book. However, I've found that the percentage wise template programs that he provides just don't cut it with me, and I've done in the past other training programs (something similar to Starting Strength, Madcow's 5x5, Texas Method and 5/3/1) and the only conclusion that I've come up with is that ONLY when I practiced lifting heavy weights frequently and with good to great form (aka NOT following the programs) I've actually seen strength gains. Of course, I've only stumbled upon that by accident, but after reading and re-reading material here regarding SDT and the Singles Scene, I think frequent practice with a relative max is the much better way to go, and I've already done two days of that with the snatch and the clean & jerk.
Strangely enough, in Olympic weightlifting there is a somewhat reminiscent concept to the Singles Scene - Bulgarian programming. When Eric was describing the singles scene, the term and context behind 'relative max' seems oddly familiar. I haven't looked too much into the Bulgarian programming, but Greg Everett's got a template that would almost feel at home with the concepts behind the Single Scenes. Anywhoo, I'll be templating the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Squats on three different days. I read somewhere on this site (don't remember the article it came from) that mentions that fast compound lifts should have their own day on the Single Scenes type of training, and thus I must emphasize one of the two Olympic lifts for that day.
I'll be opening a training log soon, since I've already started this week with taking in concepts from the Singles Scene article. I'm pretty open to feedback, especially if anybody sees me going down the wrong path. Again, thanks for the website and the concepts - I'm hoping they improve my training results.
Here are two videos that were taken last year - form has gotten better on the snatch since the video :):
Snatch (160lbs) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAqo4ugZyc0
Clean & Jerk (235lbs) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCJ7bZ-oEPo
Check out my log at