Spring Cleaning! [Pun Intended!]
Howdy folks! I finished up my spring semester and made my way through finals week. I’m pretty satisfied overall with my performance this semester. I’ve been enjoying a nice 2 week break from classes until I start my summer courses on Monday!
The Franco Fam has also been busy lately – we just had my brother’s Bar Mitzvah this past Saturday. Mazel Tov Ben! Matt, myself, and everyone else there had a great time. It was wonderful to see close friends and family who I don’t get to see very often, but have known since I was a little girl. I could not have been more proud of my younger brother.
For the past few weeks while I’ve been able to adhere to my ideal gym schedule, Matt and I have been working on our barbell cleans lately. It’s been a long time since I incorporated barbell cleans into a workout, as I usually will do KB or DB cleans.
I love cleans because in my opinion, I feel like they can help to easily identify where muscle weaknesses may lie. They are one of the most functional movements and involve nearly every body segment.
While barbell cleans are functional and fantastic, they are not for everybody. They are not for beginners, individuals with chronic joint issues/pain, certain types of arthritis, and some older individuals. With that said, it can be something that you can work up to.
This is what the progression to a barbell clean can look like:
- KB/DB deadlift
- KB swing (traditional – not american swing)
- Single arm DB clean
- KB clean (sorta optional)
- Barbell deadlift
- Barbell clean
If you’ve seen any videos from the CrossFit Games or in any CrossFit youtube videos, usually you’ll see people repping out cleans and totally killing it. DO NOT let this intimidate you! Of course they look like rock stars doing those cleans, making it look unattainable to the average human being. Folks, practice makes perfect. Their cleans may look perfect in a video, but I almost guarantee you they did not start off that way!
Everybody has a jumping off point, and they are all at different heights. All that matters is that once you jump off, you will FLY!!!
Also: this was my 100th post! Yaaay Blogging!!