I’ve been having some serious depression lately. I want to do explosive strength training so I have these main compound exercises: squats, deadlift, power clean, bench press, and shoulder press/military press. I can do everything right except power cleans and squats. I just can’t get the technqiue right for power cleans. It’s killing me because I have wanted to gain power for jumping my hole life and if I never do, it would be just horrible.
There’s something wrong with me because I watch videos a thousand times but I can’t get the hand of it. I practise with 95 pounds for power cleans and 135 for back squats. With the power cleans, it feels like I can’t learn to clean pull because I use my arms too much. When I go for the shoulder rack, I can do it but it feels like I hold the bar as in a shoulder press. If I try adding more weight to force myself to try and learn technique, the bar just falls infront of me and I fail miserably.
For back squats, the bar is very painful on my back and I can’t get used to it so I end up using a thick padding but it has to rest on my neck to balance. If I try a lower bar rest, it just falls behind me. For front squats my arms and wrists aren’t strong enough and I don’t know how the hell people squat with 300 pounds infront of them because my max for front squat is about 120 pounds before my arms and wrists start to hurt like a b**ch. I’m stuck in this phase and it’s driving me crazy watching strong people lift hundreds of pounds while I have such low maxes that can’t even get into the 200 poundage area.