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Daniel Mays 03-14-2009 12:21 AM

Clean and Jerk Technique
Hey guys,

If you could critique these Clean and Jerks that would be great. There are some glaring problems, but I'd like to hear what you guys think. Any drills or specific things to work on would be great.


On a related note, I have an Olympic lifting meet May 13th. I am going to follow the Pmenu WOD and was wondering what type of cycle I should follow to maximize results for a peak in 2 months or so.



John Filippini 03-14-2009 05:38 AM

Disclaimer: Please note I'm not a huge expert, I have things to work out myself too... Stay tuned for people like Greg to really get good info...

Most glaring thing I see you could get a big return from is practicing tall cleans or the like. There's nothing big enough wrong with your cleans that I can pick up without slow motion, other than the fact that they're all power cleans with a squat after, not squat cleans. The cleans that you bail out on at the end are WAY high enough for you to get under, you just need practice to build up guts getting under there.

Now that I look again, your jerks could use some of the same - the bar won't necessarily go up that far in the motion, you should go down to lock your arms out. Doing jerk recoveries in a power cage has helped me get over that fear a bit myself - I would just suggest to actually do the drive under as part of the drill so you get used to not only getting out of a lower split position, but also getting into it.

Also, focus on keeping your chest high during the dip of the jerk, you're caving in a little.

Disclaimer again... more experienced coaches please edit any of this that is dumb

Daniel Mays 03-15-2009 09:40 AM

Thanks for the advice John. Exactly what I was thinking. I think you covered it all since no one else commented, no need for those disclaimers.

Stay Strong,


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