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HANG POWER CLEAN Learn the hang power clean from coach Bob Takano, USA weightlifting Hall-of-Famer and National team coach, The starting position is the same as for the Hang Muscle Snatch with the exception of the grip width which should be closer. The athlete begins by forward flexing the knees and hips placing the shoulders ahead of the bar in order to keep the center of pressure on the balls of the ... feet. When the athlete reaches the power position, the bar changes direction and is pulled rapidly upward by extending the hips, knees, and plantar flexing the ankles. The arms start out straight with the elbow s turned to the side. When the full extension of the hips and knees is achieved, the elbows rise up to the sides as the shoulder shrug. Upon achieving the top of the pull, the athlete instantaneously drops down while simultaneously skimming the feet to the sides as in the squat stance. The elbows rotate forward rapidly while the grip relaxes until the bar is resting on the deltoids which are pulled forward. The bending of the knees should stop when the thighs are above parallel to the floor, and the bar lands on the deltoids.