The Clean Turnover: Spin the Bar
Greg Everett

The barbell has bearings for a reason—so it can spin. The turnover of the clean is the opposite of a curl—in a curl, the bar pivots around the elbow; in the clean, the elbow pivots around the bar. If the bar is not moved actively into proximity to the shoulders before the elbows are moved around the bar, the turnover will be slow, inaccurate and usually cause a crashing bar in a lower than necessary initial receiving position.
Pull the elbows up and out to move down under the bar, bringing the bar as high and back toward the shoulders as you can before spinning your elbows around the bar. Don't just hump the bar, pull your elbows back, and hope you can stand up after the weight falls onto your shoulders.

See the articles below for more detail on the turnover.

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Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, coach of the USA Weightlifting National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, co-host of the Weightlifting Life Podcast, and publisher of The Performance Menu journal. He is an Olympic Trials coach, coach of over 30 senior national level or higher lifters, including national medalists, national champion and national record holder; as an athlete, he is a fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion, masters American Open champion, and masters American record holder in the clean & jerk. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and sign up for his free newsletter here.

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