Med Ball Cleans Are a Thing! 20190125

CrossFit WOD

3 rounds for max reps of:
Burpees, 1 min
Medicine Ball Cleans, 20/14 lbs,
1 min Bike Calories, 1 min
Rest 3 mins


The clean and jerk and the snatch, the Olympic lifts, present the toughest learning challenge in all of weight training. Absent these lifts, there are no complex movements found in the weight room. By contrast, the average collegiate gymnast has learned hundreds of movements at least as complex, difficult, and nuanced as the clean or snatch. In large part because most weight training is exceedingly simple, learning the Olympic lifts is for too many athletes a shock of frustration and incompetence.

Sadly, many coaches, trainers, and athletes have avoided these movements precisely because of their technical complexity. Ironically, but not surprisingly, the technical complexity of the quick lifts exactly contain the seeds of their worth. They train for, that is, they simultaneously demand and develop strength, power, speed, flexibility, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.

At CrossFit everyone learns the Olympic lifts – that’s right, everyone. -Coach Glassman, CrossFit Journal article on MedBall Cleans

The med-ball gives us a non-threatening object that is both friendly as an introductory object to teach with, but also functional in it’s shape to objects one would lift outside of the gym environment.

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