I learned how to power clean last night! I stopped at 70 lbs. because I wasn’t confident enough to catch anything heavier with the lack of wrist mobility since my fall, which is also known as Colles’ Fracture. I struggled with the technical part of the exercise from the knee and up. I have a hard time translating “explode at the hips” into a body movement to propell the barbell upwards. I have a lot of technical aspects to learn from the movement and most definitely a lot to perfect before I can say that I am able to “clean.”
Below is a video of Lydia Valentin from Spain performing a Clean at a competition. She is always impressive to me because she keeps the bar so close to her body and her elbows jut out so very far forward, both things that I struggle with at the moment. I think she’s my gold standard for performing the Clean, but if there are any other female lifters that can perform this lift beautifully, please let me know! I’m interested to seeing more beautiful lifts!
For fun’sies, here is a picture of my legs the day after learning how to do cleans.
I learned how to do 'The Clean' (not to be confused with actual cleaning) exercise with a #barbell last night. I decided that a good 3 rep max would be at 70 lbs since I wasn't so sure that I could catch any heavier with lack of wrist mobility. I still have much to learn and perfect with it. But here are my badges of hard work! #bruises #progress #fitness #gym #gymrat #clean #lift #powerlift #girlsthatlift
As for the other exercises like the variations of squats, I am happy to report that like magic, my hips stopped hurting when going below parallel! Okay, maybe it wasn’t so much magic as I have been working on releasing tension on my hips, and also working on mobility for weeks, but it seems to have finally paid off.
Now, since mobility has been fixed (for the most part), time to work on stability!
I've been working hard on mobility and flexibility in the hips for my #squats for weeks, and just like magic, my hips didn't hurt while breaking parallel tonight. Still can't keep my heels on the ground and still have stability problems but at least it doesn't hurt anymore 😚 #gym #fitness #barbell #instadfw #arlington #texas #arlingtontx