Clean Deadlift To Power Position
AKA Clean Pull to Power Position
The clean deadlift to power position is a variation that artificially moves into the power position and stops short of full extension. It can be used for remediation in lifters who have extraordinary trouble with this phase of the lift, but should be avoided otherwise to prevent lifters from trying into intentionally scoop.
Perform a clean deadlift past the knees. Around lower thigh, begin opening the hips and allow the knees to remain slightly bent and move forward until the trunk is vertical, the weight balanced evenly over the whole foot, and the bar in contact with the upper thigh.
Return to the floor from this position rather than standing the rest of the way.
This is a remedial exercise for lifters who are having extraordinary trouble getting their bodies to execute the scoop naturally in the clean. It’s not recommended unless nothing else is working because we don’t want to encourage the lifter to artificially scoop in the clean or clean pulls.
The clean deadlift should be done for 2-5 reps per set anywhere from 70%-90% of the lifter’s best clean. In any case, the weight should not exceed what the lifter can do with proper positioning or it is failing to achieve the intended purpose. As a strength exercise, it should normally be placed toward the end of a workout but before squats, but it can be done with light to moderate weights prior to cleans or clean pulls to encourage better movement in the latter.