COR Exercise of the Week: Clean to Press

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By Dr. G. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS – President COR – Sports Training and Physical Therapy

Many colleges and some high school strength programs utilize the clean, a popular Olympic Lifting technique. The clean is a complex movement requiring proper training and biomechanics. Due to the complexity of the movement, some strength coaches do not feel the clean is appropriate for swimmers (or swimmers at specific ages/skills), nonetheless having proper technique is important if the swimming program decides to perform the movement.

The clean to press helps a swimmer learn the technique of the clean to press, by decreasing the weight (having the bar half on the ground) and giving less stability on the bar (holding the edge). Before doing this action, having the swimmer squat and hip hinge properly is key. Make sure these movements are mastered first.

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Author: G. John Mullen

Dr. G. John Mullen received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science of Health from Purdue University. He is the owner of COR (, strength and conditioning consultant, creator of the Swimmer's Shoulder System (, Dryland for Swimmers (, and is chief editor of Swimming Science ( and the Swimming Science Research Review.

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