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Old 07-07-2008, 11:48 AM   #1
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Clean/Thruster vs. Clean & Jerk at the Crossfit Games

Just curious on your thoughts. In watching a clip of the crossfit games I noticed some of the contenders thrustering the bar up there, while others were cleaning it, standing at the top, and jerking it.

Thrusters are more difficult but a lot faster.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: Clean/Thruster vs. Clean & Jerk at the Crossfit Games

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Just curious on your thoughts. In watching a clip of the crossfit games I noticed some of the contenders thrustering the bar up there, while others were cleaning it, standing at the top, and jerking it.

Thrusters are more difficult but a lot faster.
Seems that either method was acceptable, so the stronger competitor had a pretty significant advantage since, as you said, thruster method appeared to be a good bit faster.

Amazing to watch those guys, wasn't it?
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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Re: Clean/Thruster vs. Clean & Jerk at the Crossfit Games

I was there and saw it. honestly there weren't a lot of competitors that were thrustering it. Maybe 5-10 tops. I didn't watch Jason Kalippa (I was watching Everett) but in order to get that time he had too. I know that Max Mormont was too as well as a couple of other guys. I gotta say, you have to be pretty damn strong to thruster that weight that many times.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:04 PM   #4
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Re: Clean/Thruster vs. Clean & Jerk at the Crossfit Games

One of the best strategies of both winners during the games were not letting go of the bar or throwing it down. While Katie did not thruster it, Brandon ( mohawk surfer guy from SC ) did at first. Eventually they would stop this.

Keeping control of the bar takes more work, but allows for less time lossed due to resetting it.

Also there was a lot of push pressing in the lower level competitors besides thrusting. Whenever I caught too high, I would just thruster it to not bother with the jerk. Actually, I used mostly split jerks, but come to think of it, that might not have been faster than a regular jerk that I never trained much.

There was actually a lot of clean, front squat, push press.

If they were to repeat it next year, which I doubt, I'm sure there would be a refinement to these discrepancies. Honestly, who cares is more than likely the general consensus.
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