21-15-9 reps of:
Clean 135 pounds
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In my experience the hope that a powerclean will evolve to the squat clean as load increases does not pan out. What we get instead is failed powercleans with the athlete frustrated and seemingly unable to get under. From the stalled out powerclean we have to start over and teach the hip drop sans load. The powerclean bypasses the essence, challenge, and beauty of the clean which is the dramatic reversal of hip direction. Learning to instantaneously release and drop the hip is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced beginning with light loads and trained over years to heavier loads. So..it is my recommendation that the moves be viewed as distinct. I believe that Coach Burgener’s view is that if the squat is just not there then we’ve little choice but to powerclean. He’s right, but to that I’d add, “learn to squat and now!”
I recommend squat cleaning as the default clean and powercleaning only when asked and the purpose of the move is upper-body development.
Posted by Coach at August 2, 2005 07:22 AM