Excess joint extension (sp?) is just as useless unless that is where your joints are when the bar brushes.
IMO you should not be trying to forcefully or activally shrug the bar, again wasted movement, it only results from the elbow rotation.
Excess joint extension (sp?) is just as useless unless that is where your joints are when the bar brushes. For example - watch kahki and you'll notice when the bar meets there is no so-called triple joint extension. However, watch Georgie Markov and it'll be there. That has to do with differences in body types but I can guarentee you neither one of them ever thought of triple joint extension, only to jump under it as fast as possible thats what I was getting at with Andrei Aramnau. Kahki's 235 from Atlanta is a great example or his 235 from Barcelona for that matter. Now as far as shrugging the shoulders goes, it is an effect of the elbows rotating in the clean and the same for the snatch. IMO you should not be trying to forcefully or activally shrug the bar, again wasted movement, it only results from the elbow rotation. Telling one to shrug the bar only causes the delay at the top of the pull. The shrugging motion occurs naturally as a result of good technique, you do not shrug to have good technique. It's a little hard to explain without a visual aid - try if you will to imagine this, in the clean the hands are attached to the bar which is moving upward as a result of the thigh brush, while at the same time the torso is moving downward to get under the bar - the middle ground is the shoulder, can you understand how the shrug appears then? Again, very hard to explain in type, perhaps later I'll think of a better explanation. Ryan
After the barbell brushes the thighs it continues to move upward under its own power. At that point continuing to rise up on the toes; complete a triple joint extension of the hips, ankles, knees; stand tall and shrug then move under the bar is useless.
Download the powerpoint frame-by-frame of Kendrick that Chris posted a day or two ago and go to frame 24 and you'll see the barbell has just left his hips and he is beginning to move under the bar.
Now, with that being said some lifters do have a so-called triple joint extension before moving under the bar but thats because the barbell doesn't meet their hips until there in that extension position, usually longer armed lifters do this.
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