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Old 11-12-2007, 08:32 PM   #11
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Do any tall lifters successfully squat jerk?

I tried it once (I'm 6'), and I concluded that it would never be possible for me to catch the bar low enough to get a benefit out of it.
Is 6' considered tall for an Oly lifter?
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:00 AM   #12
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I like squat jerking, I'm 6'.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:56 AM   #13
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Is 6' considered tall for an Oly lifter?
Well, it means that to be competitive at the highest levels you would probably have to be a superheavy (i.e., weigh 105+ kilos). It might not be as tell as you can go, but it's getting there. It's not ideal for the squat jerk because the taller you are, the farther you have to descend into the bottom of a full squat with the bar at arms' length overhead. The split jerk is ideal because the taller lifter has a broader base when he splits his legs, which affords him greater foreward-backward stability
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