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    Complex questions on complexes

    Gang,

    in reading about complexes ( http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...with_complexes )

    I don't understand a couple things

    with Complex A:
    Row
    Clean
    Front squat
    Military press
    Back squat
    Good mornings


    Is is 8 rows then 8 cleans then 8 squats once through, or is it a row a clean a squat etc for 8 times through?

    Also, the author says "If you only do them twice a week and play with the three reps schemes (eights, threes, and 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), you have 18 workout ideas that'll last nine weeks." what is he trying to say here?

    Thanks.
    kd
    6'3" 270#
    Deadlift 505x2 8/1/2010
    Squat 435x1 7/13/2010
    Bench Press 325x1 8/12/2010

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    8 reps row, 8 reps cleans, 8 reps front squat, 8 reps military press, 8 reps squat, 8 reps GMs.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoDude View Post
    Also, the author says "If you only do them twice a week and play with the three reps schemes (eights, threes, and 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), you have 18 workout ideas that'll last nine weeks." what is he trying to say here?

    Thanks.
    kd
    There are six complexes. six different complexes x three different rep schemes = 18 variants.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
    Blog: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/

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    did my first set of complexes today.

    they kicked my ass. bad.
    6'3" 270#
    Deadlift 505x2 8/1/2010
    Squat 435x1 7/13/2010
    Bench Press 325x1 8/12/2010

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