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The Midthigh Pull: Proper Application and Progressions of a Weightlifting Movement Derivative

DeWeese, Brad H. EdD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT; Serrano, Ambrose J. MA, CSCS, HFS; Scruggs, Steven K. MA, CSCS, USAW; Burton, Jarrod D. BS, USATF Level 1

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

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318297c77b
Exercise Technique
Abstract

ABSTRACT: THE CLEAN GRIP MIDTHIGH PULL AND SNATCH GRIP MIDTHIGH PULL ARE EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON REINFORCING 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 THE PEAK POWER POSITION. IN ADDITION, THESE EXERCISES CAN BE USED AS A TEACHING MODALITY FOR THE PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FULL CLEAN OR SNATCH.

Author Information

United States Olympic Committee, Lake Placid, New York

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

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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 Committee Training Center.

Steven K. Scruggs is a sport physiology intern at the United States Olympic Committee Training Center.

Jarrod D. Burton is a sport physiology intern at the United States Olympic Committee Training Center.

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