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Smooth Dip & Drive

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Smooth Dip & Drive

Athletes who lock their knees prior to the Jerk may suffer from a stuttered ‘dip & drive’, primarily caused by a lag in quad tension. A lag in quad tension can also lead to contact issues with the bar, causing it to bounce on the shoulders during the attempt.
Coaches should cue their athletes to unlock their knees slightly. Unlocking the knees places tension on the quads making the movement smoother creating a controlled jerk. It is possible to maintain a straight upright stance while keeping the knees slightly unlocked.

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Losing contact...

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Losing contact...

Here is the full video regarding the fault of disconnecting the bar from the body during the dip and drive of the jerk as I promised last week.  

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Textbook Jerk

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Textbook Jerk

To conclude my "Texbook" series, I wanted to discuss the Jerk. Here we have a Jerk I would refer to as texbook...

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Textbook C & J

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Textbook C & J

Here is what I call a Textbook C+J. I am not suggesting it is a “perfect” lift, there is no such thing. I feel a “perfect” lift is relative to the individual athlete. We are all just a bit different; one size does NOT fit all.

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