Why the Name ‘Clean’? Clean Your Barbell, Kettlebell, Sandbag

We’ve all heard the jokes about the Kettlebell or Barbell Clean, and it’s all very funny, but let’s look at something interesting about the name. Why is it called a Clean? Cleaning is something you do to keep things looking shiny and new, right?


Let’s start by defining two words:


without difficulty or impediment; smoothly and efficiently.


a hindrance or obstruction in doing something.


Next, lets look at my description of the Clean—more details can be found here.

A Clean is an explosive lower-body powered movement that smoothly and efficiently (hence the name ‘clean’) brings the weight from a lower position to racking position, whether you’re doing this with a barbell, kettlebell or sandbag, the principle remains the same.


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