Hang Clean: Muscles Worked & Technique

Hang Clean exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Hang Cleans

Muscles worked in the hang clean

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Hang Clean

  • Grip the bar with an overhand grip, about shoulder-width apart, and lift it up to get into the starting position.
  • Hold your breath, and brace your core slightly.
  • Lower the bar along your thighs, down to about knee-level, by bending your hips and knees.
  • Reverse the movement, and lift the bar in a smooth but fast motion by extending your legs and knees simultaneously. Then squat down again to receive the bar on the front of your shoulders.
  • Stand up on straight legs again.
  • Lower the bar in front of you, with control.


The hang clean is a variant of the clean exercise, in which you have removed the first pull from the floor. This makes the hang clean a potentially easier variant to begin with for learning the clean, since you don’t have to focus on as many steps.

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