Some weeks ago, my coach was explaining the starting positions, he pointed out the two different starting positions, he called them the

East European and Chinese


I was trying to pay attention to his body during the starting phase so I can't remember the whole discussion anymore, I searched the web a lot, after spending an awful amount of time, I've found no related discussion.

I know it's better to ask him again, but seriously I asked many questions these day of him so I'm a little bit shy! He spends more time on me, so I don't want to take advance of his time.

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    The difference is bar placement when bringing from the ground to the hips, as well as the initial explosiveness. I'll try to provide a detailed answer soon.
    – user26337
    Dec 30, 2019 at 19:55
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    @Charles - what's the chance on that detailed answer?
    – C. Lange
    Feb 5, 2020 at 15:17

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There are a few different variables that make the “style”. For instance, there is the dynamic start vs static start| starting hip/ back angles| hip/back angle at the hip | if you are making contact/ where is the contact if there is| weight distribution through the lift| catapult/triple extension | etc.

The easiest to probably to see is start type:

Static start: Hossein Rezazadeh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4CgYHlqx-s

Dynamic start explained by Catalyst Athletics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQYxnxkgJwY

This podcast does a pretty good job talking about the differences between the catapult/triple extension techniques.


When referring to technique styles like Chinese, Bulgarian, etc. a great deal of difference is probably due to the different coaching styles and the different anthropometrics. For instance, the top Russians seems to be of higher weight classes, where Chinese seem to be lower to mid weight classes. For instance, Klokov is 6’ vs Lü is 5’8’’. Even if they had the same coach their style would likely still be different due to the difference in their sizes.

Regardless, your style should be what allows you to lift the most weight or develop the muscle/motor pattern needed for another sport. For instance, if you are an Olympic Weightlifter and you can power clean more then what you can clean, your competition style should be a power clean. On the other hand, if you play football or rugby, your style maybe power cleans since you may be more interested in developing your triple extensions and not interested in maximizing your clean.

  • You should avoid posting links without explaining what they show. If the links become invalid, the quality of your answer is affected.
    – rrirower
    Sep 11, 2020 at 17:57
  • @rrirower The rational for each link is written in the response ... Sep 11, 2020 at 20:55

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