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Old 02-15-2010, 02:51 AM   #1
Tom Vale
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Default Pain in the Power Clean/Difficulty holding the "Rack" position?

(I'll be honest, this is a direct copy of a post I made on another forum. It's rather lengthy so I didn't want to type it out again however I did want to access the experience and knowledge of the Cathletics board ;-))

G'day Guys, I'm Tom, 20yo in Australia trying to learn the Olympic Lifts. I unfortunately don't have regular access to a coach so do most of my lifting unsupervised.
I've been having a few issues, primarily with cleans and the assosciated movements, my snatches so far have given me little issue (I'm sure this will change :P).

Here is the video of todays session for your reference:

I was until recently, doing full C&J however I found myself having a bit of trouble "racking" the bar at the bottom position (refer to this video to see what happened when I tried to catch 90kg).

I was advised to practice front squatting in order to get more comfortable with the rack position throughout the range of motion and cease doing Cleans. I decided to have a crack at doing Power Cleans today however as I have generally felt fairly comfortable with the rack position at the top.

As I was doing the Power Cleans today, I began getting quite a strange pain/sensation in my left arm. I've included a few photos with little red dots to illustrate exactly where the pain was. It wasn't a sharp pain that I felt as I was doing the movement immediately, more like someone had given me a dead arm after the sets were done. This pain dissipated after doing a few sets of Low Bar Back Squats. I'm thinking perhaps a rotator cuff issue? What I'm thinking is irrelevant I guess, as I'm seeking your advice ;-).

When racking the power cleans it seems that my upper and lower arms don't run in parallel, with my upper arms seeming to point quite forward. However when I front squat, they do seem to be parallel. Would you think this is a technique or flexibility issue?

In Summary (Apologies, I waffle a bit):
1) Could you recommend any good stretches/exercises for getting more comfortable with bottom of the front squat/clean position? I figure I am just going to try and do lots of front squats and static holds in the front squat position for now. Should I leave out the Cleans for now?

2) My rack looks different when comparing the power clean to the front squat, why do you think this is?

3) Have you any idea what the pain described above may be?

4) I realise my jerks are ugly as sin at heavier weights, I was messing around today to see where my maxes were and I think I found them. For now, no heavier than 75kg for P/Clean or Jerk ;-).
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