Wednesday December 7, 2016

Foundational Movement

Push Jerk (not Split)


  • Stance is with the heels at hip width
  • Hands just outside the shoulders
  • Bar resting on the “rack” or “shelf” created by the shoulders
  • Elbows in front of bar; elbows are lower than in the front squat, but not behind the bar
  • Keep the chest up and brace the abdominals to maintain a neutral spine
  • Closed grip, with thumbs around the bar


  • The sequence of action is to: dip, drive, press under, stand
  • Dip: perform a shallow dip (flexion) of the hips, where the knees push forward slightly, the hips go back slightly, and the chest stays upright
  • Drive: extend the hip rapidly and fully
  • Press under: Retreat the hip downward and drive the body under the bar, while rapidly pressing the bar overhead
  • Receive the bar with arms locked out overhead (the torso does not have to be vertical here)
  • Stand to full extension with the bar locked out overhead


  • The movement finishes with the bar locked out overhead in the frontal plane with active shoulders, and hips and knees at full extension.

Progression (without the bar)

  1. Jump and land with hands at sides. Stick the landing.
  2. Jump and land with hands at shoulders throughout the movement. Stick the landing.
  3. Jump with hands at shoulders and extend them overhead at the same time as the land.
  4. With stick in hands, full Push Jerk


Athlete’s Choice:

Working on form and strength? 5 sets, 3 reps

Looking for the next PR? Work to a heavy single: 5-4-3-2-1

Then, if time allows, 3×3 dip jerks.  These can be heavier than your jerk, but will magnify any flaw/forward lean in your dip.



20 Kettle bell swings @53/35

20 AbMat Sit Ups

5 Wall Walks

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