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Snatch Power Jerk






AKA Snatch power jerk behind the neck, snatch-grip power jerk
 
The snatch power jerk is a simple variation of the power jerk that can serve a few purposes in training.
 
 
Execution
 
Secure the bar behind the neck as you would for a back squat with your hands in your snatch-width grip, the feet at approximately hip-width and the toes turned out slightly. If you hold the hook grip overhead in the snatch, you should also use the hook grip here. Keep the weight balanced on the heels while maintaining full foot contact with the floor. Bend slightly at the knees only, keeping the trunk vertical and the weight on the heels. Transition immediately at the bottom of this dip and drive aggressively with the legs against the floor to accelerate the barbell upward. As you finish the extension of the legs, begin pushing against the bar with the arms, quickly lifting the feet and transitioning them into your squat stance, punching the arms into a locked-out overhead position as you sit into a partial squat. Secure and stabilize the bar overhead before recovering into a standing position with the bar still overhead. The thighs must remain above horizontal in the squat for the lift to qualify as a power jerk.
 
 
 
Notes
 
Any snatch pressing or jerking exercise is normally started behind the neck, so it’s usually unnecessary to specify behind the neck when prescribing such lifts.
 
Because the bar and the trunk begin in the same place and orientation respectively that they should be in when the bar is overhead, the bar path should be perfectly vertical and the trunk should remain in the same orientation (inclined forward very slightly). Be cautious not to hinge at the hips when dipping.
 
 
Purpose
 
The snatch power jerk is primarily used as a way to get the bar into place overhead in preparation for overhead squats, but it can also be used to train and strengthen the proper overhead position for the snatch.
 
 
Programming
 
If being used to secure a bar overhead for a subsequent overhead squat, the snatch power jerk will just be a single. If using it to strengthen the snatch overhead position, sets of 3-5 reps are suggested with weights starting around from 70% of the lifter’s best snatch or overhead squat. Generally this exercise should be performed following any snatch variants and possibly before clean variants depending on what the intended emphasis of the workout is.
 
 
Variations
 
The snatch power jerk can be performed without the feet leaving the floor, in which case it becomes a snatch push jerk.




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