I am moving from strength training to power training in order to improve athletic performance. Specifically, I am adding the clean and jerk (no snatch for now) to my program. I am not looking to compete in Olympic weightlifting. Rather, I am using the Olympic lifts to improve my power output.

I therefore need instruction on the Olympic lifts beyond Rippetoe's (excellent) overview of the power clean in Starting Strength. I train at home, so in addition to in-person coaching, I'd like to have a book or DVD available as reference on the clean, jerk, and perhaps the snatch in the future. Which sources should I look to?

  • Per the powerlifting version of the question, I would be open to making this a community wiki. If we get any answers, that is. :) Jan 19, 2012 at 20:43
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    I believe this is something that truly requires a coach. Jan 23, 2012 at 11:15
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    I agree, and have been getting such coaching. But a definitive resource is accessible in ways that a coach is not, and is usually cheaper. The purpose of the DVD or book is to supplement rather than supplant. Jan 23, 2012 at 15:09

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It's not a book, but Glenn Pendlay's intro to performing the clean is a good start:


There's a couple drills to help you get used to the hip movement required for the second pull (the actual clean part):

You may also want to check out other links from this page: http://ironstrong.org/index.php?/topic/11-the-clean/

I don't know of any books, but if you look for instructional videos from Glenn Pendlay and Mike Burgener, you can get what you are looking for.


On t-nation there is a nice video section of exercises that instruct the proper form.


Jim Wendler has a pretty cool program called the 531 for strength programing.


I am in no way affiliated. Just started the 531 and thought I would see if that fit what you needed.

Worth looking into.

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    5/3/1 isn't designed around the Oly lifts, even though they can complement the program. Nor does it provide any input on how to perform the Oly lifts as the OP wanted. Jan 30, 2012 at 15:20
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    NOTE: I like 5-3-1, and am currently using it. It just isn't the answer to the OP's question. Jan 30, 2012 at 15:27
  • No, however the second portion of my answer was. Jan 31, 2012 at 18:42
  • Ah, I think that got lost. If you edit your answer to put the instructional videos first, and draw more attention to it, this would be a much better answer. I agree that the Wendler program is great, but it should be an addendum, and not the first part of your answer. Jan 31, 2012 at 20:16

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