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Clyde Emrich’s Training

by Harry B. Paschall (1957)

Clyde Emrich is one of the half-dozen strongest men in the world. Any follower of the Iron Sport can prove this to himself quickly on the fingers of one hand. Quickly now, check off a list of the men who have CLEANED 400 pounds . . . start from the top and work back . . . Anderson, Davis, Schemansky . . . oops, you’re starting to run out of names, aren’t you! But Clyde has not done this ONCE, he has done it a dozen or more times, and outside of Andy

This winds up Monday’s workout. depending on energy. then perhaps a series of 6 sets of 265x2. Clyde is very strong on Power Cleans. and singles up to possibly 340. he has done it easier than anyone else. After the regular cleaning he does some Power Cleaning – without foot action or dips – 225x5/250x5/270x5/280x2/290x2/300x2/310x2. done all the way down. Wednesday He again goes through the same Press routine as on Monday. 260. and may do 6 singles with 290. and then. then goes into Cleaning – 205x2/250x2/300x2/320x2/340x1/360x1/370x1. 250. This puts him in the very select 1. and perhaps singles with 500-520 pounds. Tuesday – Rest. ‘warming up’ with 300x15. His top press is currently 310 pounds. may work up t 390. and cleaned 415! At of a bodyweight of 197 pounds he is the lightest man to clean 400. These are Olympic squats. then 330x10/350x5/400x5/425x5/450x4/475x3. but with plenty of rest between efforts. Clyde has also pressed 310 and snatched 290. Thursday – Rest. Only Vorobyev and Sheppard have made such a total in the 198-pound division. then singles with 240. He does a total of about 35 presses and now warms up for Snatching – 135x5/185x5/205x2. 270. Emrich’s Training Methods Lifters are always interested in the training programs of those more experienced and successful.and Skee. Recently Clyde jerked 403 in training. pressing 275 or 280x2. and on up through 280 and 290 if he feels strong on that day. and cleans for his presses of over 300 pounds are done do easily they look effortless. which may last from 1½ to 2 hours. Pressing – 205x6/225x5/250x3. . he now does some Squatting – Emrich does a lot of squats. where very few athletes have found themselves in all the annals of strength. and we try to outline these routines in order that others coming up might profit from these lessons. He varies the program a bit by doing some of these as front squats. Having finished the two lifts he has concentrated on for the day.000 total category. He then goes on. A typical week of heavy training for Emrich goes like this: Monday A brief warmup and then.

except that he will try and hit his top press of 310 before going down to his rep presses. like all other trainees. You may notice that Clyde does not put in a five-day training week. but seems to have derived most of his power from quite extensive squatting routines. This is not a heavy workout in any way. On this day Clyde will usually go on to clean 400 pounds. then Clean & Jerking –working right up to his top. and getting in a total of about 50 reps over the various weights. both Olympic and Front. . He usually finishes off the Friday workout with Squatting – working up from 300 to 500 pounds. doing Pushes from the Rack. nor does he do as much pressing as some champions. He is not a bench presser. Sunday – Rest. and. and doing reps along the way. and trying to do some repetition jerking from the shoulders with lighter weights. . and he will start with Pressing – lifting about the same as Monday.Friday This is his heavy day. however. He also varies his training movements slightly from day to day – sometimes throwing in some Seated Presses with a pair of 100-lb dumbbells. On one Friday session he did a solid 415 in practice. pressing a few weights and doing some power cleans and a few more squats. Again he will do at least 30 presses before going on to Snatching – working up to a top snatch. . This schedule seems to work for him. Saturday Since this is the day off from his job. he may try some lift that somebody else happens to be doing. Clyde is apt to drop into the gym for a casual workout. And PURE POWER is what Clyde Emrich has most of . if he had the technique of a George of a Schemansky he could break every record ever made in his class! And it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.