How to Perform Power Cleans from the Hang – Fast and Simple Technique – Part 2
How to Perform Power Cleans from the Hang
Fast and Simple Technique – Part 2
Jim Smith, CSCS, RKC
As many of you know who have purchased AMD (my muscle building system) I prescribe power cleans for upper body and fully body workouts. The problem is, there are very few resources available online showing the right way to perform this movement. Because power cleans are a compound movement and require a great amount of tension, effort and mental focus; a good warm-up is always recommended.
In Part I of the “How to Power Clean” series, we showed the following techniques:
– the hook grip
– starting position above the knee
– neutral position of the back
– how to rotate the elbows out to avoid the “bent arm” technique error, this flaw affects the power of the movement and the momentum of the bar
In this installment, we will go over some more technique points.
– the power pull foot position
– the below the knee, 2nd pull position
– how to transition into front squats
– how to transition to full squat cleans
In the first video we showed the “above the knee” position. In this video, we show the “below the knee” position. Learning in this sequence is called the top-down training progression. If you drill along the movement pattern in segments, you will be able to link these smaller movements together to perform the full execution of the lift.
How to Perform a Power Clean from the Hang – More Technique Cues
The variation of the full squat clean that is most always used in the weightroom by non-weightlifters is the power clean from the hang. This is because it is a static position that requires great isometric posterior chain strength, reinforces a proper athletic stance AND great starting / explosive strength. By taking the 1st pull out of the movement, you shorten the range of motion (ROM) and increase the required power and speed at the start.
Step 1: Start in a Power Pull Position
Step 2: Get in a Good Starting Position
Step 3: Extend Forcefully Once the Barbell Reaches Your Waist
Step 4: Rack the Bar
Step 5: Start Working Front Squats After the Rack
The natural progression is to start working into the full execution of the lift, i.e. the full squat clean (& press). But, like we said in Part I, you can stick with power cleans from the hang and still reap some pretty serious benefits.
Let me know in the comments, what exercise you would like broken down next!
By Smitty on March 27th, 2011
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