What is a squat clean in CrossFit?

What is a clean in CrossFit?

The clean is simply pulling a load from the ground to the shoulders, where frequently the object is being readied for lifting overhead. With the clean, we take ourselves from standing over an object and pulling it to moving under it and supporting it.

What does squat clean work?

The squat clean is a comprehensive powerlifting exercise that targets most major muscle groups across your body. With proper form, squat cleans can build muscle in your hamstrings, core, glutes, triceps, quadriceps, biceps, calves, trapezius, deltoids, and lower back muscles.

Does a clean include a squat?

A power clean is when you catch the barbell not in a full squat (CrossFit defines this as hip crease above parallel). A clean is when you catch the barbell in the bottom of your squat, taking into account individual differences.

Why is it called a clean?

The movement is called a clean because it requires a clean movement, free from irregularities, smoothly and skilfully performed. If you lift your barbell or kettlebell up and the movement is interrupted, or the equipment bangs on your body parts, then “it wasn’t very clean”.

Should I squat clean more than power clean?

First and foremost, make sure you’re squatting enough—both in terms of frequency and weight. If your best front squat is only a few kilos over your best power clean, guess what—you’re not going to be cleaning more than you power clean anytime soon.

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