Teaching the Jerk and Split

By Dan Sturm and Caleb Williams

In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

August 10, 2012

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In this video, Dan Sturm of CrossFit Johns Creek is doing the so-called jerk and split.

“What he’s working right now is just catching the jerk in the split position,” explains Caleb Williams, head coach at CrossFit Gwinnett in Buford, Ga. As a 69-kg lifter, Williams placed second at the 2008 Olympic trials for weightlifting. He was also a member of the U.S. world and Pan American teams.

During Olympic-lifting workouts at CrossFit Gwinnett, athletes work the jerk and split 95 percent of the time before jerking, Williams says. Typically, his athletes do 3 to 5 sets of 3 to 5 reps of the jerk and split.

“We’re working on the perfect catch position with this,” Williams says. “That way you already know where you want to be.”

Video by Again Faster.

6min 28sec

HD file size: 164 MB
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SD mov file size: 36 MB

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Additional reading: Improving the Jerk by Bill Starr, published April 15, 2011.

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4 Comments on “Teaching the Jerk and Split”

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wrote …

Great video! Quick question on the jerk/split drill, are you suppose to move the front forward or does it stay in the same place?

Thanks
J

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replied to comment from Jackson Yee

At the Games if the front foot didn't move forward as the weight was lifted it was a no rep, so yes the front foot moves forward.

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replied to comment from Jackson Yee

At the Games if the front foot didn't move forward as the weight was lifted it was a no rep, so yes the front foot moves forward.

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wrote …

Liked this one a lot.

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