The two-position power clean is simply 2 power cleans performed from 2 different starting positions consecutively.
Most common is the first rep from the floor and the second rep from a hang position. This forces the lifter to produce more power on the second rep after having been fatigued by the first, and having less time and space to accelerate the second.
The order of the positions may be reversed in cases in which technique is more of a priority than power. That is, for a less technically-proficient lifter, performing the first rep from a hang position in which that lifter is more comfortable and proficient, and then following it with a lift from the floor to attempt to replicate the movement from the hang.
Most commonly, the two positions are from the floor followed by the hang at knee height. However, really a 2-position power clean can be from any two different positions desired by the coach or athlete. These positions should be chosen with reason—that is, the exercise should serve a purpose that the chosen positions address.
2-position power clean is a name for a complex that may also be written as power clean + hang power clean (or hang power clean + power clean).
If performed bottom to top, the 2-position power clean helps primarily with rate of force development, more aggressive and complete extension at the top of the pull, and more aggressive turn over of the bar. If performed from the top down, it can serve as more of a technique exercise that reinforces proper position in the pull at the hang position chosen.
When using the 2-position power clean in a training program, it’s important to note the two starting positions. This can be used to work specifically on more powerful clean extension and turnover, or as an exercise for lighter training days between heavier clean and clean & jerk training sessions. Loading would be essentially the same as power clean doubles in the same circumstances, although typically slightly lighter.
Variations of the 2-position power clean include different hang positions on the second rep, pauses in the hang position, or pauses in the receiving position.
All Hang Positions