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Weightlifting is described as ballet with a barbell, poetry in motion and a beautiful work of art. As the best weightlifters in the world train to put the greatest weight overhead, they also develop athletic attributes such as strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Read more...

The split jerk: start to finish

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December 20, 2012

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For the jerk, as in the snatch and clean, certain parts of the body have to move out of the way of the bar so it can travel up straight. In other words, these parts have to move around the bar. In the jerk, of course, the head is the only obstacle. Also, the distance from the shoulders to overhead is a much shorter than that from the ground to the shoulders or the ground to overhead.
Chad explains ideal positioning in the lifts and how that correlates to efficiency in CrossFit. Efficient technique will be seen when the proper positions and movement of the bar and body are learned, and it will allow the bar to be closer to the body throughout its travel up the leg to contact the body upon completion of extension and application of power. Read more...