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Jackson Yee 07-28-2012 08:05 AM

Who perfers push jerking over splitting?
I love power jerks over the split. I am way more aggressive with the this move than the split jerk. Anybody else out there feels this way?

Aaron Salter 07-28-2012 10:15 AM

I feel that way too. But I'd really like to learn how to be more efficient in the split jerk. Practice, practice, practice...

Mike Ng 07-30-2012 10:42 PM

I tend to see this with relative beginners, they prefer the power jerk since it's simpler to learn and there's less to think about. There seems to be a certain point with most people when they start hitting heavier weights where the margin for error with the power jerk becomes too small and they're forced to start split jerking anyways, so I generally have people split jerk from the beginning even if the power jerk feels better initially.

Greg Everett 07-31-2012 07:45 PM

I'm with Mike. There are extremely rare individuals who are genuinely better at the power or push jerk than the split. Usually the preference is due to a lack of experience with the split jerk or having been taught poorly or improperly. It's no accident that the split is used by the overwhelming majority of competitive weightlifters in the world.

Jackson Yee 08-02-2012 08:29 AM

Hello Greg: Thanks for responding. What would be a good progression for me? Should I then practice both powering and splitting?


Greg Everett 08-02-2012 08:32 AM

You can reinforce/learn a good split with things like split jerks from behind the neck, split push press behind the neck, jerk balances, and obviously just working split jerks with an eye toward proper execution.

You can try combining push and split jerks into a single set, which will help you keep your dip and drive consistent rather than abandoning a vertical drive when split jerking, which is a common problem.

If you can be more specific about what your problem is with the split jerk, we can give you better advice I'm sure.

Jackson Yee 08-02-2012 01:48 PM

Thanks Greg! I just don't feel that aggresivness that I feel when I power jerk. For example, the stomping of both feet makes me feel more forceful and quicker. For the split, I just don't feel the aggresive redipping as how I do with the push jerk. Does this make sense? So should I do one rep of push jerk and do one set of splits?


Greg Everett 08-02-2012 02:44 PM

You can try pause split jerks to force yourself to be more aggressive driving under since you won't be able to get as much height on it.

Or you can wear yourself out a bit with push jerks before the split, so a set might look like 1-3 push jerks followed by 1 split jerk.

Jackson Yee 08-02-2012 06:39 PM

What are pause split jerks? And it for the push jerk/split combo, is it a good thing to try to wear yourself out before you do the split movement?


Greg Everett 08-03-2012 09:38 AM


Originally Posted by Jackson Yee (Post 97392)
What are pause split jerks?

Pause (hold for 2-3 sec) in bottom of dip position then drive from a dead stop.


Originally Posted by Jackson Yee (Post 97392)
And it for the push jerk/split combo, is it a good thing to try to wear yourself out before you do the split movement?

Not necessarily, but if your problem is, as you say, not being aggressive enough in driving under, getting tired first will prevent you from driving the bar as high, which will force you to be more aggressive driving down into the split to make it. Again, this is all based just on what you've said vaguely and I might go about it differently if I actually saw you lift.

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