Olympic lift derivatives

Whilst Olympic lifts can have potential benefits for players, many will not be physically competent enough to complete the full clean and the full snatch lifts. The mobility, stability, and flexibility required to perform a deep Front Squat for the full Clean or, even more challenging, a deep overhead Squat for the full Snatch, is often out with the movement capabilities of most players. As a result, many coaches use certain parts or derivatives of the main Olympic lifts in their training programme.

The use of derivatives allows potential performance benefits whilst reducing the complexity and movement demands. This allows more players to be able to learn and perform the exercise competently, whilst also being easier to coach. Each of the Olympic lifts can be divided up into sections or stages. A slow motion example of the Hang Clean is shown in the video below.