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Old 06-08-2008, 03:03 PM   #4
Lincoln Brigham
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Re: Squat Clean - need major help

Early arm bend and not enough of a double knee bend. These are related, as you aren't getting enough pop out of your hips and thus are trying to add additional arm action. It won't work well with bigger weights. Right now the bar is 2"-4" away from your thighs, entirely too far away from your center of gravity. You need to pull the bar into your thighs so you can get into a better, more powerful jump position. You must condition yourself to delay the jump phase (the second pull) until you feel the bar against your thighs. Try to pull the bar in so close that it tugs on the hem of your shorts. Also, get your elbows up higher and sooner when racking the bar.

The stance width doesn't especially concern me compared to the other issues.
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