If you walk into a weight training facility today, chances are you'll see someone performing an Olympic lift. And more than likely, that lift will be the Power Clean. One of the more popular Olympic lifts, the Power Clean is a favorite of athletes—and for good reason.
Benefits of the Power Clean
Performing the Power Clean trains athletes to make explosive, athletic movements on the court and field. Blocking a lineman, rebounding a basketball and crushing a serve all engage the same muscles that are involved in the Power Clean. Your core, quads, hamstrings and glutes are the driving force behind most of the movement, while your traps and shoulders are engaged during the second pull. This exercise works the entire body.
The Power Clean is a full-body, athletic movement that can benefit any athlete in any sport. But this exercise—and all Olympic movements—are very technical and need to be taught and coached by a certified strength and conditioning professional to prevent improper form and reduce risk of injury. Below, I provide a step-by-step description of how to perform the Power Clean.