***This is an article I published for BreakingMuscle.com, a fitness and strength website for athletes and coaches alike.
The rising popularity of Olympic weightlifting has led to many newcomers and ex-athletes exchanging their spin bikes for barbells. Unfortunately, the level of coaching and analysis needed to teach and progress an athlete's technique is lacking - leading to a whole slew of nasty, dirty, and sometimes unsafe cleans.
Don’t worry, athletes - you’re not alone. The average weightlifter usually commits one or two key faults that lead to limited performance and missed lifts. Which ones are you doing? If you figure it out, you’ll be able to make immediate improvements to your performance.
The best way to analyze your technique and to address your faults is to break down this complex exercise into its components.