Move of the Week: The Clean

When it comes to the Olympic lifts, the clean is just a powerful reverse curl right? Wrong. Clean up your clean with this week’s move!

THE MOVE: The Clean


MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Hinge (posterior chain) but everything else as well!

WHY DO IT: The Olympic lifts looks cool and everyone wants to do it, but that doesn’t mean they should. In this week’s segment, Jeff Halevy and Staff Coach Ross Curtis go over the common mistakes that people make when they take up the Olympic lifts as part of their training.

The focus today is the clean–chances are you’re probably just doing an explosive reverse curl. Don’t fret though, we’ve all done it before and we’re here to help: watch the full segment above for more!

HOW TO DO IT: As an essential component of the Olympic lifts, you can build entire programs and training blocks around the clean, and we haven’t even talked about the snatch or the jerk yet! As Ross and Jeff discuss towards the end of this week’s segment, you can work on different components and phases of the clean. Take a clean from the hang, or off blocks. Start from the mid-shin, knees, mid-thigh, or hip.

The clean is a complex motion that inevitably, needs to be broken down into individual components so that the movement as a whole can improve. Generally speaking, you might not do more than 5 reps of any clean variation that you are doing heavy.

These are obviously loaded concepts, and if you want to learn the beauty and nuances of weightlifting for yourself, look no further than our weekly Olympic Weightlifting Workshop. Classes are led by Ross, and are held every Sunday at 1pm! Sign up here: http://halevylife.com/olympic-weightlifting-workshop-nyc/

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by Jeremy Lau

Jeremy Lau

Jeremy Lau Halevy Life Staff CoachJeremy Lau is a Senior Staff Coach at Halevy Life.

Jeremy graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BSc. in Biomedical Engineering and received his Master’s in Exercise Physiology at Columbia University. In addition to his academic accolades, Jeremy is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Prior to joining the team at Halevy Life, Jeremy completed a coaching internship at Cressey Sports Performance, where he coached both amateur and professional athletes, among whom were many professional MLB baseball players.

As an athlete, Jeremy has played baseball competitively for most of his life.