This was no Japanese Horror-fest, but it was an excellent tutorial on how combining 3 total-body movements require equal parts strength, endurance, and stability/balance. Of course, even with all three, you had to make sure you could maintain them through-out all 63 reps of last nights workout:
7 individual rounds, each round made up of 3 power cleans, 3 front squats, & 3 push-press/push-jerks. The workout was not for time, but the bar was not allowed to rest on the ground at any time during a round (small adjustments to grip were allowed during the cleans, however).
It was great to watch the class as a whole – different people clearly preferred different movements. However, as people neared the last rounds, the push-press/push-jerk became the obvious struggle, the 6 reps of cleans and front squats having drained the majority of people’s core strength, thus weakening their overall stability. This, of course, was the point to the whole workout.
Having demonstrated the need for core strength in dynamic weight lifting, the class was then put-to-task working those core muscles for a simple, but effective, finisher: in a 90 sec time frame, complete 10 burpees, and then immediately drop into a plank hold for the remaining time; repeat with 8 burpees, then 6, 4, and 2. Mercifully, there was no plank hold after the 2 burpees.