YOU SHOULD BE DOING THIS: HOW TO POWER CLEAN FOR BIGGER TRAPS

Generation Iron Power Clean

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You’ll hear a lot of bodybuilders talk about the fact that they care more about sculpting a massive and shredded physique than they do about getting stronger. It makes sense if being explosive isn’t what you’re looking for. If you want mountainous biceps, well defined quads, or a massive chest then movements that build power and strength certainly won’t be a priority. But what if you want to do more than just look like the Hulk? What if you want to be strong and look great? Well, the answer is fairly simple. Become a powerbuilder. But that means you’ll have to do more than just a bodybuilding split. It means putting some strength based exercises into your routine. What better movement to start with than the power clean.

The power clean is an Olympic lift that can give you a tremendous amount of explosive strength which could help translate over to other exercises you perform during your bodybuilding split. The power clean can not only provide you with more strength, but it can be great for building up the body as well. The movement proves to be a total body workout as it incorporates both the upper and lower portions of the body. Your legs and core offer explosive movement upwards. The arms, traps, and upper back also play a major role in hefting the barbell up until it rests on the clavicle.

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Sure, many bodybuilders may not entirely care about explosive movements such as the power clean, but that extra bit of strength you gain can improve your squat, your bench, and your deadlift, all exercises that can build a ton of muscle. If you want to get massive then you’ll have to push yourself and put up more weight. That means having an extra bit of explosive strength couldn’t hurt.

Still unsure if you should be doing power cleans as a bodybuilder? Then let Elliott Hulse convince you.

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