I bought some books over the last few weeks and one I really liked was the basic barbell training by Mark Rippetoe.
I can’t quite seem to master the low bar without bad shoulder pain but overall I found the book informative even if the picture illustrations were a bit crap.
I found it interesting he teaches the power clean in his book. He teaches a kind of jump and shrug method which is nothing like other books written by olympic coaches I have read.
Has anyone ever really been successful learning how to power clean without coaching? It seems a very technical lift and not something that a new lifter could learn very well merely from a book.
Do you still get benefits of a power clean with less than perfect technical form? I am tempted to start doing them but I am not sure how worthwhile they will be.
I know jim wendler has shitty power clean form and still does them, if I remember rightly in an interview he said his goal was to clean 500 pounds with the worst form imaginable because that was the biggest display of strength.
I know it was a joke but do even mongrelised self taught newb power cleans have some benefits?
Right now it looks like I am attempting to crush my pelvis with the bar and then doing a crappy front squat and standing up with the weight.