Barbell Power Clean from Blocks

Barbell Power Clean from Blocks

The Barbell Power Clean from Blocks is an explosive and powerful exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in your body. It is an advanced variation of the traditional Power Clean exercise and is commonly performed by athletes, weightlifters, and fitness enthusiasts to improve overall strength and athletic performance. Starting with the barbell resting on blocks or weight plates just above knee level, this exercise begins with a powerful first pull where you explosively extend your hips, knees, and ankles, generating upward momentum to lift the bar off the blocks rapidly. As the bar reaches its peak position, you smoothly transition into the second phase, known as the "catch," where you rapidly pull yourself down into a partial squat position, catching the barbell across your front deltoids and clavicles while simultaneously rotating your elbows forward. Finally, you actively stand up tall, completing the exercise by extending your hips and knees explosively while keeping a tight and stable core throughout the movement. The Barbell Power Clean from Blocks primarily targets the muscles in your lower body, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. Additionally, it engages your upper body muscles such as the deltoids, trapezius, and forearms. The rapid hip extension required during this exercise also helps to strengthen your posterior chain, which includes your lower back, hamstrings, and glutes, improving overall power and athletic performance. When performing the Barbell Power Clean from Blocks, it's important to maintain proper form and technique to avoid injury and maximize results. It is recommended to start with light weights and gradually progress as you become comfortable and proficient in the exercise. As always, focusing on maintaining proper posture and engaging your core muscles will help you get the most out of this dynamic and explosive exercise.


  • Start by setting up a barbell on blocks or elevated platforms just below knee height.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forward.
  • Bend your knees and hinge at the hips to lower into a partial squat position.
  • Grip the barbell with an overhand grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Engage your core and keep your back straight as you begin to lift the barbell off the blocks.
  • Drive through your legs, extending your hips and knees explosively.
  • As the barbell reaches hip height, shrug your shoulders and pull your elbows up and out to the sides.
  • Bend your elbows and rotate your wrists, bringing your elbows underneath the barbell.
  • Drop underneath the barbell as you catch it at shoulder level in a front squat position.
  • Stand up tall, maintaining control of the barbell, and return to the starting position by reversing the steps.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Start with a weight that you can handle comfortably and gradually increase the weight as you become more familiar with the movement.
  • Focus on explosiveness when performing the power clean. Aim to generate as much power as possible to effectively lift the weight.
  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability and protect your lower back.
  • Practice proper wrist and grip technique to maintain control of the barbell throughout the movement.
  • Ensure the barbell stays close to your body during the lift to optimize power transfer and prevent injury.
  • Use a slight dip in the hips and a powerful leg drive to initiate the upward movement of the barbell.
  • Keep your elbows high and in line with your shoulders as you bring the barbell up, keeping it close to your body.
  • Focus on a smooth and controlled descent as you lower the barbell back down to the starting position.
  • Learn proper breathing techniques to maximize power output and maintain stability during the exercise.
  • Consider working with a qualified trainer or coach to ensure proper form and technique.


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