The popularity of this post last year was also a surprise to me, having been originally posted in November 2014. Zack McCarley and Patrick Castelli do a great job of teaching the Apollon axle clean and press. If you are training for a strongman competition or you are just curious about the technique for this lift, I encourage you to check out this video (along with the other strongman training videos on 8weeksout.com).
In this third installment of 8weeksout.com videos focusing on strongman techniques, Zack McCarley and Patrick Castelli present one of the techniques used for the Apollon axle clean and press. This particular technique presented is primarily used by strongman competitors. It is decidedly different from the clean/power clean technique used in weightlifting competitions and fitness/sport performance training.
One difference is the use of a mixed grip at the start of the lift, which then necessitates that one hand be released so that the strongman competitor can get both hands in an overhand or pronated grip which sets up the competitor for the press. I recommend a mixed grip for heavy deadlifts, as it helps the athlete/client hold onto the barbell. Weightlifters and fitness/sports performance trainees use an overhand or pronated grip, even with heavy cleans/power cleans. The rationale for using the mixed grip on the Apollon axle…
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