Dumbbell Clean and Press
The traditional Olympic lifts are incredibly beneficial for any athlete regardless of the goal (power, strength, muscle growth). The one problem that they have is the learning curve for many to do them correctly and the low amount of time under tension. So for those who are looking for an explosive movement using heavy weight and a lot of reps, the dumbbell clean and press is a winner.
The learning curve is extremely low. You simply hinge forward at the hip with a dumbbell in each hand. Thrust the hips and bring the dumbbells to the rack position, then strict press them above your head. I still would stay around 8-10 reps with this exercise, but trust me that will be plenty. Your forearms, biceps, and shoulders will be screaming by five reps if you are using a substantial amount of weight. This also paves the way for you to graduate to other more dynamic variations such as the jerk.
Justin Grinnell, CSCS, is the owner of State of Fitness in East Lansing, Michigan. Justin received his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Michigan State University specializing in exercise science, fitness leadership, athletic administration, and health promotion in 2004. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He also holds a certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is CrossFit Level I certified.