Floating Clean Pull
AKA No-touch clean pull, hang clean pull
The floating clean pull is a variation of the clean pull in which the bar doesn’t return all the way to the floor between reps.
The first rep will be the same as a clean pull. Set your clean starting position tightly and initiate the lift by pushing with the legs against the floor. Shift your weight back slightly more toward the heels as the bar separates from the floor, and maintain approximately the same back angle until the bar is at mid-thigh. At mid- to upper-thigh, your shoulders should be at least slightly in front of the bar. Accelerate the bar aggressively with violent leg and hip extension, keeping the bar close to the body and allowing it to contact at the hips. The movement should be directly vertically with a focus on extending the body upward, although to maintain balance, it will be leaned back slightly. The arms are not engaged in the movement, but remain relaxed in extension. The shoulders should be shrugged up somewhat after the completion of leg and hip extension to continue the bar’s upward path and allow it to stay against the body. The aggressiveness of the push against the ground should result in the lifter’s heels rising off the floor as the extension is completed. After reaching full extension, return to the starting position under control and bring the plates as close to the floor as possible without allowing them to touch. Begin the next rep from this position, without setting the bar down on the floor.
The floating clean pull is a good exercise to develop pulling strength in the clean, and emphasize strength in the bottom range of the pull (from the floor to the knee), particularly to train the correct position and posture during that pull.
Generally the floating clean pull should be done for 2-5 reps per set anywhere from 80%-110% of the lifter’s best clean depending on the lifter and how it fits into the program. In any case, the weight should not exceed what the lifter can do with reasonably proper positioning and speed in the final extension and maintenance of the proper position at the bottom in between reps. As a strength exercise, it should be placed toward the end of a workout, but because it also involves some speed and technique, it’s generally best place before more basic strength work like squats.
The floating clean pull can be performed standing on a riser to allow the same range of motion that would be possible from the floor, but without the bar ever resting on the floor. The lift can also be done as a clean high-pull, and a pause can be added in the bottom position.
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