First type of errors The starting position

A house can only be as solid as its foundation! A lot of people focus so much on learning the explosion part of the power clean that they forget to learn the proper starting position. It is impossible to perform a technically efficient rep from a bad starting position. Before correcting anything else you must make sure that, at the start, the athlete is perfectly placed. Note that I'm talking about the power clean from the hang and from blocks as they are the variations I recommend you use in your training.

This is a very common mistake. And I find it to be even more widespread among young athletes. There's something about the chillin' attitude that makes it hard to get a proper position at the start of the clean.

You'll notice how the tailbone is turned inwards and the lower back has lost its arch (in fact, it's even reverse-arched). This will absolutely kill your efforts to be explosive with the legs. It will place a huge toll on your lower back and it will encourage arm pull. It is capital that an athlete learns that the proper position is with the lower back arched and the hips back. For some people it's hard to get into that position simply because they have a relaxed attitude and never arch their backs. If your athlete cannot take the position by himself, don't hesitate to place the hips in the proper position for him. Illustrated below is a good starting position.

Turbo Charged Fitness With The Tabata System

Turbo Charged Fitness With The Tabata System

The Tabata workout system is a version of the High Intensity Interval Training program developed by Professor Izumi Tabata as training for Olympic speed skaters in 1996. The results studies conducted on the training program confirm that even a four minute cardiovascular exercise routine improves a persons level of fitness.

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