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The Pull to Knee—Proper Biomechanics for a Weightlifting Movement Derivative

DeWeese, Brad H. EdD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW1; Serrano, Ambrose J. MA, CSCS, USAW1; Scruggs, Steven K. USAW2; Sams, Matthew L. MS2

Section Editor(s): Dawes, Jay PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 73–75
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31825f9e7b
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SUMMARY: THE PULL TO KNEE IS AN EXERCISE THAT ALLOWS AN ATHLETE TO BECOME EFFICIENT IN PRODUCING FORCE WITH AN OVERLOAD STIMULUS, AS WELL AS IT IS A TEACHING MODALITY FOR THE INITIAL PULL FROM THE FLOOR IN WEIGHTLIFTING. THIS MOVEMENT EMPHASIZES THE PRECURSOR MOVEMENT LEADING INTO THE DOUBLE KNEE BEND POSITION.

1United States Olympic Committee, Lake Placid, New York

2Department of Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

The Exercise Technique Column provides detailed explanations of proper exercise technique to optimize performance and safety.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Brad H. DeWeese is the head sport physiologist at the United States Olympic Training Center.

Ambrose J. Serrano is the assistant sport physiologist at the United States Olympic Training Center.

Steven K. Scruggs is a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at the United States Olympic Training Center.

Matthew L. Sams is a graduate-student in the Department of Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and an intern strength and conditioning coach at the United States Olympic Training Center.

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