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Why you need to do Power Cleans

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Power Cleans (or any of the many variations of the Clean) are one of the most popular exercises utilized in the fitness community, and for good reason. A marquise exercise in athletic training, you'll be hard-pressed to find a strength and conditioning program that does not use at least one variation of the Clean. In this blog post, we will cover the many benefits that Power Cleans provide.


The number one benefit of implementing Power Cleans into your workout is increased athleticism and explosiveness. Better explosiveness is the reason why this exercise is used so commonly among athletes, especially those who play football, basketball, hockey and lacrosse.


Another benefit of Power Cleans is their ability to increase flexibility in the wrists, hips, and ankles. Increased flexibility will lower injury risk while also allowing the muscles to stretch, resulting in better muscle gain.


The Power Clean is a full-body explosion that requires a lot of effort, so the ability to burn calories comes naturally with the exercise. If you include this exercise in your workout and are not sweating afterward, you are not trying hard enough. 

Grip Strength

Due to the speed of the Power Clean movement, it requires great grip strength to hold onto the bar while you rip it off the ground. Introducing the Power Clean into your workout regimen can slowly improve your grip strength, which will help in other exercises like barbell rows and deadlifts.

Better Form 

An overlooked benefit of the Power Clean is its ability to force perfect form by the lifter. Without good form, the lifter will have a hard time completing the movement, so in order to effectively execute the Power Clean correct form is required. 

Supplemental to Other Exercises

Finally, the Power Clean can greatly benefit your totals in other lifts. The explosive power gained from the Power Clean exercise will greatly increase bar speed for both the Deadlift and Squat, which will directly correlate to increased strength in those lifts. 

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