Originally Posted by abett07
what do you guys think is the better lift power cleans or barbell rows ?
Depends on your goals really.
Power cleans are superior for developing functional explosive strength. Power cleans require more muscle groups and parts of the body to work together to perform the lift, something that for sport, performance and overall strength development is very important.
Furthermore Rippetoe claims that Power Cleans are the Yin to Deadlifts yang. Meaning that the explosive lift of power cleans will directly help the deadlift.
Having said all that, if your goal is strictly to build upper back mass and strength, bb rows are the way to go. I am of the opinion that there is no better upper back mass builder. The rows are to the back as the bench press is to the chest. BB rows are also effective for upper back strength.
Really, when it comes down to it, these are 2 different lifts that I feel can't really be compared. They both serve a different yet valuable purpose.
That is just my opinion on the matter.
I will leave you with this to think about. In Bill Starr's book "The Strongest Shall Survive", he says If you could only do one lift, out of all the lifts, that Power Cleans would be the lift you want to do. I butchered that quote, but you get the point......