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For those unfamiliar with the hopper model, it relates to selecting workouts at random. No program architecture exists, and workouts are scheduled based on the whim of the programmer with a “one size fits all” mentality. This method is a recipe for disaster for the individual who is deconditioned and/or orthopedically compromised. It should be obvious that the hopper model flies in the face of the coach’s creed of “do no harm.”
The easiest way to mitigate risk is by conducting an initial movement evaluation and orthopedic screening.
When it comes to Olympic weightlifting, the snatch and clean get the most attention. The jerk just doesn’t get the same amount of love. As a trainer, I’ll take some of the blame. My weightlifting teaching progressions address the snatch first, followed by the clean, with the jerk bringing up the rear.
Although this approach is logical, the lifts shouldn’t be judged in this order in regard to complexity or merit. The jerk is every bit as technical and challenging as the clean or snatch.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the entire jerk movement from start to finish, and detail exactly what you should be doing at each stage to ensure a safe and successful lift.