Don’t powerclean around breakables
The way I learned it is like this:
Set the bar over the balls of your toes (you do this) and your hips between your knees and your shoulders (I can’t get more specific, it depends on the person)
Start the first pull by pushing the legs into the ground. Your upper body should remain more or less at the same angle to the floor as in your set-up.
When your legs are almost straight (ALMOST!! but not quite, otherwise your leverage will be shit. You should be in a high RDL position-ish thing), the bar should be above your knees, and you explode the bar up to your shoulders.
Rack the bar on your shoulders proudly like the man you are.
Hope this helps.
Rippetoes is also recommended.
As is Dan John’s free book on oly lifting, lifting from the ground up. I think it’s at danjohn.org
What about “shrugging” with the upper back to blast the weight up?
Once I get to the high RDL phase I imagine shrugging and using hip drive. My arms don’t seem to carry the load this way.
I’m a rank novice at powercleans so I’m wondering if this is safe?
Good call. He needs to shrug during the “second pull” but I dont think he has enough weight on the bar yet to apply it. The bar would just over pull and come crashing down on him. OP add some weight to the bar and shrug you’re shoulders straight up as you lift your heels.