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March 25, 2011

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Working his magic on Dave Lipson, Coach Mike Burgener refines the split jerk by breaking down the movement and rebuilding it.

“The goal is to dip and drive that bar overhead in one complete movement with no press-out, no pressing or rebending of the arms,” Burgener says.

In Part 3, Coach Burgener emphasizes the importance of footwork and landing in a shallow lunge.

“When the CrossFit athlete goes into the jerk, the split, hell, they want to go into a deep walking lunge almost,” he says. But according to Burgener, the shorter lunge is more stable and recoverable.

Burgener hones Lipson’s technique through coaching points and focused practice to develop his speed because he’s already strong. Burgener turns his coach’s eye first on breathing consistency, then the dip. Timing is everything.

“When those feet hit, I want my hands to be locked out at the same time. If they’re not locked out, I’m not going to make that lift,” he says.

18min 33sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: Teaching the Jerk by Mike Burgener with Tony Budding, published May 1, 2007.



2 Comments on “Developing the Behind-the-Neck Split Jerk With Coach B: Part 3”


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good stuff...


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If you can't learn from this man, well.... you need to do something else. Really great stuff.

My only question/complaint is the disconnect I have between the on-screen image and voice. This one is about 3-4 secnds different and makes it a little difficult to follow when pointing out Dave's form. Is this a "me" problem? Otherwise the camera work and setting are just fine.

Did I see somewhere where Lipson was a pitcher?

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