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Coach thank you so much for this site. I have been following the Wod for a month now and am very happy with the gains I've been making in my oly's. In the 2 position clean I sometimes miss at 80% from the mid-thigh. I am able to reset quickly and easily manage this weight from the floor. Is this the correct procedure or should I scale the 80% down to where I am making both lifts? Should I not count that rep and attempt it again? Thank you in advance for your help, you are a coaching hero of mine and a true inspiration.

Patric | 2012-01-18

you should reduce the weight. something is going on, probably you are pulling with your arms on the mid thigh position. that is a very strong position and most of the time several lifters can do more from this perfect hang position than the floor. keep working that position and try hard to duplicate that mid thigh position when you take the bar from the floor. remember: slow is smooth, smooth is fast!!!
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Coach B, did I just read that is really common to clean more from the hang than the floor? I just want to make sure, this is something that occurs with me and I wanted to make sure that it's normal. Thanks.
Beau Burgener
I am responding to the question that a lifter should be able to do more from the hang than from the floor. In Olympic lifting that is definitely not the case. 100% of the time an experienced lifter will be able to lift more weight from the floor as well as receiving the weight in a full squat position. With inexperienced lifters, they are able to lift more from the hang and power positions because it is eliminating the possibility of error. The first pull (ground to mid-thigh/take-off position) is a positioning pull, so if it is off, then the rest of the lift is going to follow suit. The same applies to the overhead position. Novice lifters will be able to power snatch/clean more because it does not bring out deficiencies in overhead positioning or leg strength.