Graduate School

Scott reaching for full extension.

If the deadlift is kindergarten and the sumo deadlift high pull is grammar school, the clean is post graduate work at Harvard. The complexities of "mastering" the clean are too numerous to mention. One extremely important part of a great clean is keeping the arms straight, as Scott demonstrates in the photo above. As Coach Burgener often says, "when the arms bend the power ends." The bar has gotten a little bit away from Scott, which is not ideal. Considering, however, that he is in the middle of a 15 rep "tap and go" clean and jerk workout at 135lbs, he is doing a nice job of maintaining integrity while pushing intensity.


Each of us have things to work on in regards to the clean. What are you working on?

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