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November 08, 2009

Video Article

In Part 1, Coach Mike Burgener taught a group of athletes the grip and receiving position for the clean. In Part 2, he showed them how to put speed on the bar as they clean it to the rack position. Part 3 finds the CrossFit Olympic-lifting expert teaching the split jerk.

A good split jerk looks like a quarter lunge, where the back heel is off the deck with the weight in the ball of the foot. The back leg will be slightly bent, and the torso will be erect. The width of the feet in the jerk should be exactly the same as their width in the front squat, creating a solid base to support big weight.

Coach Burgener drills the positions, then has his athletes jump to the proper receiving stance. From there, they recover with a vertical torso.

In Part 4, Coach B has the athletes pick up their PVC pipes and go through the full split jerk.

8min 26sec

Additional reading: Mastering the Jerk by Bill Starr, published June 15, 2009.

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4 Comments on “Clean and Jerk Part 3—The Burgener Files”


wrote …

Hey does anyone know about the black squat stand/rack that is in the background of this picture. I'm building a gym in my garage and this piece of equipment looks perfect. I just wish I knew who made it! Thanks!


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Closest thing I've seen is this:

However, I think the guard height is adjustable in the video which is a great feature.


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Hollis Molloy wrote …


The large racks we bought from Sorinex

We also bought the self spotters.


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