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Hey coach, I consider myself to be a pretty in shape individual, but the jerk makes me look and feel completely helpless. My jerk form has always been pretty awful, it's just a lift I couldn't fully grasp. I recently got some good coaching from a former crossfit games athlete I met, He was having me do split jerk from behind the head, I was looking significantly better and feeling great about my drive drop and lockout with no pain. I came back to the gym today about 4-5 days later and decided I wanted to do a little clean and jerk skill work so I warmed up my split jerk with the pvc in front and behind the head, then the bar behind head. When I practiced split jerking with the bar in the front rack position I felt a little pain in my shoulders but didn't alarm myself with it too much, I just continued to warm up. I put the lightest plates we have in the gym on the bar and split jerked from behind the head NO PROBLEM, as soon as I tried from the front rack position, shooting pain in my shoulders. It was to the point where I had to stop my workout. I have almost no shoulder pain from any other workout or technique I can think of. Just jerking from the front rack position.

Jonathan O'Neill | 2013-02-23

WOW.....i am not sure what that is......i have heard about shoulder pain when one jerks from the behind the neck......where is your grip...width wise? i would like to see your the drive you dip forward then the bar goes front....that would put more pressure on the shoulders. if you get a chance and with a very light bar...pvc pipe video and send to me:
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