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Nick Cruz 06-24-2006 11:12 AM

I did the WOD yesterday with the push jerk starting from the rack and I am about to do the WOD for today. It seems that the only difference between the push and the clean is that you start with the bar on the floor for clean. Is this correct? Also, why, in the excersize videos does the subject do the clean-jerk with a lunge type finish instead of the squat type that is shown on the WOD example video?

Thank you in advance for your help


Peter Kelly 06-24-2006 01:51 PM

I suspect that your confused about the terminology.

The clean & jerk is an Olympic event that is composed of two exercises: the clean and the jerk.

The clean occurs when you lift a weight from the floor to a racked position on your shoulders/chest.

There are two jerk techniqes: the push jerk and the split jerk. The push jerk is an exercise where you dip and extend your hips to drive the weight up from your shoulders and drive your body down underneath it to catch the weight in an arms extended position. The split jerk is identical to the push jerk except the legs move to a split (lunge) position.

I believe that most athletes have traditionally used the split jerk in competition. However I do not believe that it is compulsory, so some athletes (like Dimas) will use a push jerk instead.

When it comes to the WOD, I don't believe it makes much difference on what jerk technique you use. But I stand to be corrected or would appreciate any insight.

Lynne Pitts 06-25-2006 04:13 AM

Moving to Exercises.

Josh Brehm 06-25-2006 05:45 PM

There is also a squat jerk. Takes unbelieveable flexibility and balance, but I've heard of guys using it.

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