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Hatch Squat Cycle

2015 03 FCF-9

The 2004 head coach of the Men’s Olympic Weightlifting, Gayle Hatch, developed a 12-week squat program that involves both back and front squats (on the same day) two times a week.

The Hatch Cycle is known for it’s intense volume, and you need to have maxes prior to starting because the workouts are percentage-based.

Beginning Tuesday May 5th, we will start the Hatch Squat Cycle for the classes every Tuesday and Thursday. These squats will comprise the first half of class on those days, with an optional “make-up” day during the first half of any Saturday class. This means coming in, doing the warmup on the whiteboard and getting into your squats. You will ONLY have 30 minutes to complete these so be deliberate and manage your time well.

BS 60×10, 70×8, 75×6, 80×4
FS 60×5, 70x5x3

Back squat 60% of your training max/max* for a set of 10 reps, 70% for 8 reps, 75% for 6 reps, and 80% for 4 reps. Change the load out for 60% of your front squat training max and front squat for 5 reps, then 70% for 5 reps for 3 sets. Simple, I know (;

What’s a Training Max?
Training maxes are 90% of your true 1-rep max.

Should I base my percentages on my training max or my true 1RM?
Depends on your goals: if this if your first time doing a dedicated squat program, we suggest using your training max so you’re not overwhelmed with the volume and can move through the workout well. If your goal is general fitness, stick with your training max. If your goal is to really increase your squat numbers to become a faster, more competitive CrossFitter or weightlifter then go with your true 1RM.

Can I make up my squat session if I miss a day?
You will have a chance on Saturday morning, but otherwise you will only do your squats on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Missing a day will push you to Saturday and you’ll just continue on whatever day you are on, not necessarily what’s programmed for classes. Be aware that as soon as the program is finished we’ll have a test week and that’ll be it. Commit and do the program as written if this falls within your fitness goals.


Here is webpage where you can plug in your maxes for your individual program. A simple google search will probably do the same.