Cleans (Lift)

This page looks at the strength training exercise known as Cleans. This exercise is an advanced lift and needs to be properly learned & practiced in order to avoid injuries.

According to Wikipedia, “To execute a clean, a lifter grasps the barbell just outside the legs, typically using a hook grip. Once the barbell is above the knees, the lifter extends explosively, raising the bar as high as possible before quickly dropping into a squat and receiving it in a “racked” position in front of the neck and resting on the shoulders. To complete the clean, the lifter stands, often propelling the bar upward from the shoulders slightly as the erect position is attained and shifting the grip slightly wider and the feet slightly closer together in preparation for the jerk”.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For additional strength training exercises, please visit the main Physical Fitness section.

Instructional Video for Power and Hang Cleans


  1. Wikipedia, Clean and Jerk,