One of my favorite lifts is a power clean. I think it develops the shoulders marvellously and I love the head rush I get sometimes.
I do not cheat either and drop the weight; I make sure I get the full effect and go from bar-in-the-front-squat-position to dropping it to the bar-in-standing-deadlift-position to putting it on the ground without really dropping it.
My all time greatest achievement is a 5x5 run with 225 pounds, over this past summer. The most I have done weight-wise is probably 260 or so. I am 5’11" and around 180 pounds heavy. What is your best achievement???
On a side note I recently became addicted to one handed push ups.[/quote]
Nice job on the cleans. Just so you know, dropping the weight doesn’t mean you are cheating. If you are working for conditioning, continue your sets the way you do them. If you are practicing to be more explosive on the cleans, drop them after you have racked it. Without doing the negative of the rep, you can be fresh to power clean more often…or do other Oly lifts.
Most I have ever power cleaned was 230 at bw of 185, but I don’t try for a max power clean. If I want to do a light day, I will do 1 power clean followed by 3 jerks or 2 reps of PC&J.
On heavier days, I work up in full cleans.
Can you post a vid of your cleans?