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19 Nov

Comparing the Deadlift and the Power Clean After the Floor

by Jordan Burnett and Mark Rippetoe
| October 22, 2019

There are many differences between the deadlift and the power clean, most notably and obviously that the deadlift is pulled from the floor to arms’ length on the thighs, and that the power clean is accelerated off the floor and racked on the shoulders. The deadlift is a slow lift that is focused primarily on maximum force production, whose main objective is to increase the strength of the muscles of the posterior chain. The power clean, on the other hand, trains the expression of strength as power.  

Power is simply the ability to express strength quickly. The setup for these two lifts is identical. They both begin off the floor in deadlift mechanics: the hips are high, the shins are nearly vertical, and the shoulders are slightly over the barbell. At this point you might think: “Since the setup looks exactly the same on both lifts, they must be executed pretty much the same way. The only real difference is the weight on the bar and that the power clean has to get racked on the shoulders. Simple, right?” Wrong. There’s a subtle, but crucial difference between the execution of both lifts after they leave the floor. But first, a brief recap on basic barbell physics. Buckle up, kids.

There are essentially three kinds of forces that are acting upon the lifter/barbell system during a lift: compression, tension, and moment (or rotational) force. For this explanation, we’ll be dealing primarily with the concept of moment force. There are some other terms to be familiar with: the barbell is the point of force application at which gravity is producing force downward against the load that rotates the joint, or the fulcrum, the point of rotation. The horizontal distance between these two points (since gravity operates vertically) is called a moment arm. A wrench turning a bolt is a good example of how moment force works.

So what does moment force actually do? Simply put, it causes rotation about an axis. Let’s look at it in the context of the squat. The hip joint is the fulcrum, and the point of force application is where the barbell is being carried on the back. The horizontal distance between the hip joint and the barbell is the moment arm. When the hips and knees start to bend and the back angle becomes more horizontal, the barbell and the hips move farther away from each other horizontally, which causes the moment arm to lengthen. The longer the moment arm, the more force the lifter has to apply in order to stand back up with the weight. In other words, the more moment force there is to overcome, the harder the system will have to work to finish the lift.

The goal in the deadlift is to reduce the length of the moment arm across the back segment as quickly as possible. Why is this? Because the gravitational force that is being applied by the barbell multiplies as the moment arm grows longer, or in the case of the deadlift, as long as the moment arm across the back segment happens to be when we properly set up to pull the bar. Shortening the moment arm between the hips and the barbell by lowering the hips and making the back segment more vertical might seem to be a sound strategy for making the lift easier. Unfortunately, the hips are connected to the knees via the femurs, and if the hips move down, the knees go forward, and the barbell is pushed in front of the mid-foot. There is still a moment arm between hips and barbell, but now some of it is placed in front of the mid-foot balance point and on the knees, away from the large muscle mass of the posterior chain. If you’re able to break the weight off the floor, you will have done so after raising the hips back up to where they should have been with the correct, more horizontal, back angle.

The deadlift and the clean differ once the bar leaves the floor. Remember that the deadlift is a slow lift, so we’re not necessarily concerned with accelerating it off the floor after we get it moving up. As soon as the knee and hip extensors do their job of breaking the bar off the floor, the goal should be to shorten the distance between bar and hips. Since lengthening the moment arm multiplies the force needed to move the load, then shortening the moment arm will divide it, making for substantially less rotational force across the back segment as the bar comes up.

Now, let’s compare these mechanics to those of the power clean. The power clean is a fast lift. It is accelerated off the floor quickly with a submaximal load. Because the load is light enough and because you are strong enough, the force produced between the floor and the barbell by the muscles of the hips and legs can cause the bar to gain enough momentum to continue moving upward even after those muscles have stopped producing force.

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The execution of the power clean is often compared to mechanics of a trebuchet. The trebuchet was a medieval siege engine (vastly superior to the catapult) that utilized a counterweight system to fling projectiles across great distances at whatever poor bastards happened to be in their firing line. In order to fully understand why this is important, we need to talk about levers. The hip joint is a Class 1 lever, meaning that the fulcrum is placed between the load and the force that moves it. The rigid segment of a properly extended strong back is what transmits the force. If one side of the lever is shorter and the other side is longer, as is the case with the hip joint, the shorter side will move a shorter linear distance more slowly, while the longer side will move a greater linear distance more quickly, even as both sides cover the same angles. The muscles of the posterior chain are the force pulling down behind the hips, the short segment, and the load in your hands is the force pulling down in front of the hips along the back, the long segment. The short side, with enough force behind it, can move a short distance and make the load being carried in front of the hips accelerate over a longer distance, much like a trebuchet.

This is exactly what happens in the power clean. A more horizontal back angle – and thus a longer moment arm and more moment force, if you’re strong enough to generate it – is maintained throughout the pull in order to better capitalize on the powerful triple extension of the hips, knees and ankles, producing acceleration that carries the bar high enough into the air for the lifter to rack it on the shoulders. This much acceleration is not necessary for the deadlift, since it locks out at the thighs, and that is why much heavier weights can be deadlifted. The clean maintains a long moment arm for acceleration, while a deadlift can dump the longer moment arm as the bar comes up the legs so the heavier weight can be locked over a much shorter range of motion.

Acceleration is the difference between a deadlift and a power clean, and the maintenance of a longer moment arm – “staying out over the bar” – is the tool used in the clean to “whip” the bar through the pull. 


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10 Sep

While in New York City, Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt stopped by Dharma Yoga to talk to legendary yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra about how yoga can build compassion and happiness in others. Dharma Mittra has been teaching classical yoga since 1967, and has since initiated thousands of students on teachers on the yogic path though his particular practice of Dharma Yoga, based on knowledge passed on from his guru, Sri Swami Kailashananda a.k.a. Yogi Gupta.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.


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06 Sep

Using an electric toothbrush could help prevent tooth loss, according to a new study.

Published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the 11-year observational study investigated the association between electric toothbrushing and periodontitis, caries and number of teeth present.

The study included 2,819 adults from the Study of Health in Pomerania, who were examined in 2002 to 2006 and were followed-up after six and 11 years. At baseline, 18% used an electric toothbrush, rising to 37% at the 11-year follow-up.

‘Electric toothbrushes have become increasingly popular among all age groups in Germany, but few studies have tested their long-term effectiveness,’ said study author Dr Vinay Pitchika.

‘Our study shows electric toothbrushes are most beneficial in maintaining good oral health and are linked with slower progression of periodontal disease.’

Overall, electric toothbrush users experienced 20% less tooth loss during follow-up than manual toothbrush users. This translated to an average of 0.4 more teeth retained (out of 28 teeth). The benefits were slightly greater in regular (at least twice a day) electric (versus manual) toothbrushers.

Results

When participants were divided into groups according to the severity of periodontitis, the association between electric toothbrushing and tooth retention was significant only in those with no/mild periodontitis.

The study also found electric toothbrushing was linked with fewer pockets and better attachment of teeth to the gums and bone.

This was shown by 22% and 21% lower progression of probing depth and clinical attachment loss, respectively, compared to manual toothbrush users.

When divided into groups according to the severity of periodontitis, significant associations with probing depth were observed in people with no/mild and moderate periodontitis, while the link with clinical attachment loss was found only in those with moderate periodontitis.

There was no association between electric toothbrush usage and dental caries.

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05 Sep

Two years ago, Max Aita and I sat down for a beer in a dive bar in Brooklyn, after he taught his first weightlifting clinic at JDI Barbell. We discussed the Olympic weightlifting technique and agreed. Drilling statically the so-called power position has interfered with beginner weightlifter’s progress more than it’s helped. He asked me if I knew where the idea of practicing the position came from, and I shook my head as I took another sip of beer.

 

Max explained that early U.S. coaches decided that this position needed to be taught to beginners and drilled because of still pictures taken of top Olympic weightlifters during competition. When they analyzed the photos, they noticed that all of the lifters seemed to be in the same pull position before going into the final extension.

 

 

As the beer slowed my focus, I questioned why a single frame picture of a very dynamic movement was the basis for a method of instruction.

 

Movement Over Position

A few years back, Russian weightlifters and coaches started touring the U.S. doing seminars at Olympic weightlifting gyms and CrossFit boxes. My friend and weightlifting coach, Yasha Kahn, assisted in many of the workshops, and since he speaks Russian, he could also translate for the lifters who had yet to learn English.

 

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I’ve heard that during one of these seminars, an American coach asked one of the Russians what progressions they used in teaching the lifts. The response was one of confusion. For the most part, the beginner weightlifters that the Russians coached were kids. These kids were singled out because of athletic ability in this sport. They were not adults with different athletic backgrounds or someone who picked up the sport later in life.

 

Take an athletic kid without mobility restrictions, who hasn’t begun specialization in a different sport, and then demonstrate the snatch and the clean and jerk to them. They’ll be able to imitate the movements with high accuracy, therefore, providing the process by which Russians develop their weightlifters.

 

Once the young people exhibit adequate fluidity in the movements, the coaches can then re-tool with cue adjustments and drills to build a solid, reliable technique. But the introductory coaching was different than it is in the states, and they practice the movements or segments of them over the positions.

 

Don’t think of this as an American weightlifting bashing article. Other country’s processes aren’t better; they’re just different. And most of the time when we’re talking about teaching weightlifting in the states, we’re talking about for recreation, not high-level competition. We need to stay focused on that when having this conversation.

 

Live Actions Matter

At first glance, it makes sense to teach static positions to beginners that an experienced weightlifter moves through during a full lift. But with speed, force, rapid changes of direction and balance, the lifter will not have the same conceptual feel that he or she has when practicing it statically.

 

I’ll give you a far-out analogy that relates. When exercise physiologists first began looking at human movement and which muscles were responsible for what actions, they examined cadavers. They concluded which muscles performed what work by looking at where they were attached to bones, joints, and body parts.

 

 

They weren’t dealing with live humans and seeing the total interconnectivity of the body with all of its electrical impulses, patterns and cross-body stabilizations. They also couldn’t observe how a living person’s body finds ways to increase efficiency and balance. The model was incomplete and didn’t account for live actions.

 

Learn to Throw

In teaching beginners Olympic weightlifting, we need to understand how to teach explosive movements successfully. If you were to compare weightlifting to other sports, throwing sports would be the most similar in terms of the learning process and practice. The shot put and discus would be the closest, but to keep it simple, we’ll use the example of learning to pitch or throw a baseball.

 

When you learn to throw a baseball, you learn the steps for the proper wind-up and the appropriate release. Everything between the beginning and the closing happens too quickly for your brain to process immediately.

 

Over time you develop the ability to think and react so fast that you can practice mid-throw adjustments given by a coach. But, as a beginner, if you keep feeling the wind-up and release in your mind as you learn and practice the throw, your arm will move the ball through an adequate trajectory for this level.

 

Weightlifting for the Beginner

Learning and practicing weightlifting for the beginner is very similar to throwing a ball. Get a lifter to feel and focus on:

 

 

They will lift the bar from the floor in the proper trajectory, and the body will move correctly to guide the bar path.

 

In weightlifting, the conditional release consists of three different points for the snatch:

 

  1. The first point is where the barbell makes contact at the hip before you go into an explosive extension.
  2. The second point is reversing the bodyweight under the bar after the full extension and pulling the bar to its adequate peak.
  3. The last point is receiving and fixing the bar overhead before it’s stood up.

 

The first point is the approximate position labeled as the power position. Looking at a muscle and seeing what joint or bone it acts on in a dead body doesn’t tell the whole story. The static position of a lifter isn’t what the weightlifter should picture in the mind’s eye as they initiate the movement at full speed. The issue becomes how we conceptualize and practice the first release.

 

Anticipate Change

Because the movement happens too quickly for a beginner to make conscious changes mid-movement, the lifter has to anticipate balance and momentum changes. When you think through high-speed, intricate movement, you can get only a brief glimpse in your mind’s eye of the angle and placement of your body. So if you want to reach a specific position, you have to try to sense the angles and balances right before.

 

This thinking is why I teach the snatch deadlift and the point of contact of the bar with the hips like this:

 

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Here, the shoulders are in front of the bar. This creates an angle where the hips can open hard, and the contact of the hips with the bar will drive it upwards staying close to the body. Practice the position with the shoulders in front of the bar rather than on top or behind it. The lifter can draw the bar in rather than pushing their hips toward the bar to make contact.

 

Pushing with their hips will cause incorrect balance and push the bar away from the body after the contact. In this position, the lifter can pull the bar upward if they have the correct foot pressure and balance and lay back slightly as they guide the bar overhead.

 

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If you practice the:

 

 

And then, internalize the feeling when you perform the lift at full speed, the body will open with a natural fluidity into the so-called power position.

 

And if you take a picture of the position of the high-level lifters at this same point, the photos will look almost identical.

 

 

 

This position happens as part of the natural flow of the movement. Practice and reinforce the pull with an exaggerated posture of the hips flexed and the shoulders over the bar. If a beginner practices and drills the feeling of having the shoulders directly over the bar and the knees already pushed forward and tries to push for this feeling at full speed, this will happen:

 

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They will shift their weight and balance forward to their toes, pushing the bar forward and causing a loop on the bar or away from their body. It is so drastic that they either have to jump ahead with the bar or it comes down in front of them without their shoulders fixed to receive it.

 

The Mouths of Experience

I didn’t figure out any of this on my own. I struggled with why other lifters or myself would miss behind or jump forward after the bar longer than we should. I understood the idea of balance and keeping weight back and drawing the bar into the hips rather than thrusting the hips forward.

 

I had no clue that I needed to change my image of the final position before the extension or how to use deadlifts and pulls with this exaggerated angle. I didn’t understand until Yasha Kahn started coaching and reinforcing these ideas to Vasily Polovnikov and me.

 

The instruction Yasha learned as he got to know all of the Russian coaches and athletes enabled him to be a liaison during their seminars. Vasily received this coaching experience firsthand while on the Russian national team.

 

When Yasha began re-tooling my movements, he had me practice this position over and over. He used pulls, slow snatches, and other variations until my body internalized the proper positioning and balance for the lift at full speed.

 

When I teach or learn something new from others, I direct the attention to how the movement should feel, not how we should think of pictures or words.

 

Jesse competes in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, and he was also formerly a competitive powerlifter. He was featured in main strength and fitness publications. You can read more of his work on his website.


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05 Sep

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$36.00/0.13 oz. – $276.92 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich color with intense hydration … in just one stroke.” The thing to know about this formula is that it is quite emollient and has a lot of slip; the formula almost applies itself as it glides quickly across the lips, though I sometimes found it too emollient and too slippery. That extra slip meant that some shades weren’t as pigmented as anticipated or that color gathered in my lip lines. The wear ranged from four to six hours on average. I found the formula was usually on the hydrating side. They have a sweet, fruity scent that I’d describe as subtle but noticeable.

Browse all of our YSL Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

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29 Aug

Power

Coloured Raine Power 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that contains a deeper, purple/plum-themed mix of hues. There are five shimmers and four mattes. The shimmers all have a more emollient, denser/thicker nature to them and most felt a bit more cream-like as a result.

The mattes were the least consistent as the pigmentation ranged from semi-sheer to nearly opaque, though they were all buildable, and they varied in how readily they blended out. The mattes were improved when used over an eyeshadow primer, so the palette will work better for someone who typically uses a primer with their eye looks.

Truth

Truth is a bright, medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff in a single layer, which adhered well to bare skin and diffused nicely along the edges. The consistency was denser, more emollient, and felt more like a heavily-pressed cream than a traditional powder eyeshadow. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing slightly on me.

Legacy

Legacy is a pale lavender with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish that shifted from cooler violet to slightly warmer, pink-lavender. It seemed to have a more translucent base, so the coverage came more from all of the shimmer and sparke, while the translucency made it easy to use as a layering shade on top of other eyeshadows (like Truth–great combo!). The brand listed this shade as a topper, so the way it worked and the coverage level seemed as expected. The texture felt emollient to the touch and blended out well without fallout. The color stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

Respect

Respect is a medium-dark, warmer reddish-copper base with flecks of pink-to-blue shifting sparkle. The consistency was emollient, heavier and thicker to the touch, and it worked best with fingertip application. If you’re less inclined to use fingertips, a flat, synthetic brush would be your next best bet, which I preferred over a wet brush. It had good color coverage in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage. The eyeshadow applied evenly and blended out nicely without causing fallout. It lasted well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

Snitch

Snitch is a rich, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had barely-there micro-shimmer that seemed to help it blend out more readily but didn’t actually impact the finish, as it appeared quite matte in practice. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage. The texture was soft, lightly powdery but rather smooth, so I expected more blendability than I experienced but was workable. I’d recommend using a lighter hand and placing color initially with a smaller, more detailed brush and then using a clean brush to diffuse and blend out. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Revenge

Revenge is a light-medium copper with warmer, orange undertones and flecks of peach-to-pink shifting sparkle. It had nearly opaque color payoff that adhered well to bare skin, but it seemed slightly chunky and had a more loosely-pressed feel to it, so there was a bit of fallout if I wasn’t careful. On the flip side, as it wasn’t so thick and dense in the pan, it was easier to apply and blend out with all types of brushes/techniques compared to the other duochrome shades in the palette. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me fading visibly.

Deception

Deception is a muted, rosy mauve with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was buildable, but the texture was slightly drier and thin, which I did find made an impact on application–it just was harder to really diffuse and blend out. It was easier to work with over an eyeshadow primer but still required some fussing. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Alibi

Alibi is a deep, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a denser, slightly firmer consistency that felt more silicone-heavy. The color applied fairly well to bare skin, but I highly recommend using a flat, synthetic brush and pressing and gently pushing the color into place. At this point, it’s more of a modification of technique to use with the heavier, silicone-based formulas we’re seeing (which tend to have a nice depth and overall adhesion, so tradeoffs). It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Betrayal

Betrayal is a medium-dark, reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without too much effort, though I’d recommend using an eyeshadow primer with it. The texture was lightly dusty in the pan and thin without being too dry. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Testify

Testify is a muted, medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to more semi-opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture seemed slightly stiffer, thin, and on the drier side, which all contributed to it being less workable. I’d definitely say that a primer was necessary for this shade, as it helped to mitigate some of the stiffness and improved blendability. The color lasted nicely for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

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25 Aug

Coloured Raine x Power Collection is the newest launch from Coloured Raine, which is a collaboration with Power TV. The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, four highlighting/blush duos, four liquid glitter toppers, two liquid lipsticks, two matte lipsticks, and one lipgloss. Based on my backlog (lip-heavy!), I’m not sure whether I’ll get to review (or even swatch) everything in the launch, so I have only swatched of the eyeshadow palette and the cheek duos, which are below.

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28 Jul

This very much feels like the good place, one where mental health is spoken about candidly: Jameela Jamil’s post about therapy highlights the power of mental health care. The Good Place star took to social media over the weekend to reflect on the healing powers of therapy for mental health. On Instagram, Jamil shared a photo of herself holding up a gold “happy” balloon against a maroon backdrop. In the post, she reflected on her experiences in therapy.

Jamil wrote, “It’s ok not to be. Well done for just getting through the damn day. Nothing wrong or embarrassing about getting help either. I had a therapy called EMDR that I used for depression, anxiety, eating disorder issues and PTSD, and if you should be lucky enough to access any mental healthcare I would urge you to spend your money on that before ANYTHING else that isn’t a necessity for your life. Saved my life. Love you.”

The self-proclaimed feminist-in-progress is all about the movement of nurturing mental health. Last year, Jamil launched I Weigh, an online community that aims to celebrate and amplify body positivity and self acceptance. I Weigh’s Instagram biography reads, “I Weigh is about radical inclusivity, so that no one feels alone. Our job is to amplify, advocate, and pass the mic.”

In an interview with Bustle in July 2018, Jamil spoke at length about what emboldened her to launch I Weigh. According to the actor, she “snapped one day” after seeing an Instagram post that outlined the weight of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters. “Men are told to be successful enough to date a supermodel, women are told just to be a supermodel. This is ridiculous. It’s so empty and boring,” she told Bustle at the time. “So I felt empty and bored, and I snapped one day when I saw that Instagram post that took five, six, however many of them there are — loads of successful business women — and just wrote their weight across them as if that was their net worth.”

Since then, Jamil has been on a mission to advocate for self acceptance and mental health. Additionally, The Good Place actor’s recent Instagram post isn’t the first time she’s gotten candid about mental health and therapy. In an interview with Elle in January, she spoke candidly about taking care of her body through therapy. She told Elle,

“I did EMDR therapy, which is a specific kind of therapy that removes the conditioning of irrational thought. So it goes right to the core of the problem. It’s very good for PTSD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and OCD — all of which I had. Within a matter of months, it just sort of extracted the root of the problem, which meant that I didn’t have to deal with the symptoms anymore.”

She added, “I also made the decision… that most of my money that I would spend on corrective or beauty items I’d save up for therapy. I started doing that when I was 29, and that was probably the biggest act of self love I’ve ever done… I just put all of my money into a piggy bank that I would’ve spent on must have products. I just did therapy and then bought myself some self love.”

It’s great that Jamil uses her platform to advocate for such important issues. If you or someone you know would like to seek help for mental health concerns, visit the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) website or call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).


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