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The Clean Pull and Snatch Pull: Proper Technique for Weightlifting Movement Derivatives

DeWeese, Brad H. Ed.D, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW1; Serrano, Ambrose J. MA, CSCS, HFS, USAW1; Scruggs, Steven K. USAW2; Sams, Matt L.2

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

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 6 - p 82–86
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31826f1023
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SUMMARY THE CLEAN PULL AND SNATCH PULL ARE EXERCISES THAT USE THE DOUBLE KNEE BEND AND TRIPLE EXTENSION INVOLVED IN WEIGHTLIFTING MOVEMENTS. AS A RESULT, THESE PULLING MOVEMENTS ARE USED WITH THE PURPOSE OF MAKING AN ATHLETE MORE EFFICIENT AT PRODUCING FORCE WITH AN OVERLOAD STIMULUS. IN ADDITION, THESE EXERCISES CAN BE USED AS A TEACHING MODALITY FOR THE PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FULL CLEAN OR SNATCH.

1United States Olympic Committee, Lake Placid, New York

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

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

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 an assistant sport physiologist at the United States Olympic Committee.

Steven K. Scruggs is a master’s degree student at East Tennessee State University.

Matt L. Sams is a master’s degree student at East Tennessee State University.

© 2012 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association