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Teaching The Push Jerk

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ByCrossFit April 6, 2023

At the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, three overhead movements are taught together: the press, the push press, and the push jerk. All three take a barbell (or another object) from the shoulders to locked out overhead. The difference is in the use of the hip.

The Push Jerk and The Split Jerk involve an aggressive landing with the arms locked out overhead. Both movements allow the hips to do almost all of the work in elevating the barbell. The landing position in the push jerk is in a partial squat, while the split jerk is received in a split stance position.

Watch here as Seminar Staff Head Trainer Wes Piatt explains the points of performance in the push jerk.


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May 9th, 2023 at 2:07 am
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Joey Jones
April 17th, 2023 at 12:43 pm
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The jump up and down 3 times tip at the start of the video is actually really helpful. The push jerk is a great way to train shoulders. Unfortunately I always lacked the workout equipment at home. So I could only train it once a week at the gym.


Since then I got some kettlebells for my home gym. Holy crap, I actually rather use them than a barbell. I just feels like much more of a calorie burner.

I also found this pretty good article online about kettlebell shoulder workouts


None the less, great video

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