With one large group of athletes consisting of multiple training ages it is very difficult to administer a single program. The number of regressions that must be made to the varying levels requires several knowledgeable coaches and all coaches to be on the same page with technique, cuing, and knowledge of the athlete’s experience.
The following video speaks in the same language as i generally think as far as key elements of weight distribution, elbow drive/height, bar alignment and provides a great demo of each. N.H. and J.H., please review and let me know if this jives nicely with your teaching tech and cues for this lift.
(will take you to teambuildr Scroll to ‘power clean’ video)
*I find it’s important with those who are new to this power lift that they ideally have a base of strength training, have mobility to squat and hinge as well as shoulder, lat, and wrist flexibility for when we get to the catch position. I’m a fan of not even approaching power with the bar at the earliest 8th and 9th grade and inexperienced until deadlift, rdl, and front squat have been mastered. From there it’s ‘hip position’ hang shrug, to knee level hang shrug, to hip position high pull, to knee position high pull, to power shrug from floor, too high pull from floor, to hip position power clean, to knee position hang power clean, to power clean from floor, and finally to working skill to a low catch clean.
Our circuit based programs with these large groups can be dangerous for the newer lifter unless we are on top of ensuring a proper foundation and then appropriate progression…. Just starting the discussion on this one lift to ensure we are thinking and speaking the same…. thoughts?