Strongman Technique Tip by Strongman Coach Daniel Evans
The log is one of the most recognizable press movements in strongman. From the Arnold Classic, to World’s Strongest Man, to Nationals, to your local show, odds are if there is a press in your competition it’s going to be the log. In today’s technique tip, we are going to focus on the clean portion of the log clean and press.
The first thing we need to get out of our head is that the log clean is like a weightlifting clean. It’s not. It’s a lap and roll.
You’ll start your log “clean” by angling the log down at a 45 degree angle and put you hands in the middle of the handles. From there you’ll set you shins as close to the log, pull your shoulders back like a deadlift, and deadlift the log. Make sure your glutes are squeezed and the log is as high on your hips as you can get it.
With the log in your hips and your glutes squeezed, you are going to squat down and put the log on your thighs and your chest. This is the lap position, and you’ll need to get familiar with this position to do well in strongman. Make sure your shoulders are pulled back, your elbows are up high, and the log is touching as high on your chest as you can get it.
From the lap, you are going to throw your hips forward and roll the log up your chest. You’ll finish the “clean” with your glutes squeezed, your upper back arched back (like you’re doing an incline bench), your head leaned back, and your elbows parallel to the ground (if not a little higher). And that’s your clean. Be sure to check back for our next technique tip, where we focus on the press portion of the log clean and press.
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