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Power cleans are a standard when it comes to crossfit training. They are an intense exercise that mainly targets your hamstrings, but also hits your calves, back, forearms, glutes, quadriceps, shoulders, traps, and triceps. Yes, it targets a lot of areas, but this is because the move itself is complex and difficult to master.
In the video above, you see demonstrations of power cleans. First, you start with your feet about shoulder-width apart, the barbell resting over the balls of your feet. As you bend, your back should remain straight, or only slightly arched. When you lift, extend your body through your hips and knees. Next comes the part where you lift the bar higher, and this is where it gets more difficult. Once your knees are fully extended, jerk your shoulders upward and pull yourself under the bar to catch it.
How much can you lift when doing power cleans? Are power cleans one of your favorite crossfit exercises? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting us @underwearexpert.