Mark Rippetoe has power cleaned 275lbs. I have done more than that at a lower body weight, and I recently power cleaned 275lbs after a mere 4 weeks of doing Power Cleans and getting back to lifting weights. I teach the Power Clean from the lessons that I obtained from Olympic coaches while he teaches the Power Clean with his own technique, which no one else uses or coaches. The truth is in the pudding, and you should not follow Rippetoe’s advice on the Power Clean if you want to become remotely strong on this exercise . I have a very strong opinion on this matter because, unfortunately, there are plenty of people both online and offline giving incorrect advice on the Power Clean and bastardizing a very useful lift; coach Rippetoe should have known better. My thoughts on this issue are shared by others, especially Olympic lifters, and beginners to the fitness arena are easily being misled by Rippetoe’s Power Clean shenanigans, which in turn continues to propagate power clean folklore.