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Dumbbell hang power clean to push press

This is an excerpt from Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training 4th Edition With HKPropel Online Video by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Starting Position

  • Stand with the feet hip- or shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, hanging them next to the sides of the body.
  • From the upright position, lower the dumbbells to midthigh, at or just above the knees.
  • All repetitions begin from this position.

Upward Movement

  • Start the pull by explosively extending the hips, knees, and ankles while keeping the arms extended.
  • Thrust the shoulders up and back and the hips slightly forward and up.
  • Extend up onto the toes before pulling with the arms.
  • Keep the dumbbells close to the body.
  • As the lower body becomes fully extended, rapidly shrug the shoulders, and start the pull with the arms.
  • Lower to a quarter squat, and rotate the wrists under the dumbbells while moving the elbows up in front of the body to rack the dumbbells on the front of the shoulders.
  • Fully stand up, and immediately take a shallow squat while keeping the torso erect and arms stationary (the dip); then explosively extend the hips, knees, and ankles while simultaneously pressing the dumbbells directly overhead (the drive).

Downward Movement

In a controlled manner, lower the dumbbells back to the shoulders and then down to the starting position.

Dumbbell hang power clean to push press