All of the Olympic lifts are leg driven, the jerk is no exception. No matter what class they compete in there is a commonality in the elite level Olympic weightlifters, they have tree trunks for legs. Both lifters pictured above are no different, and both were gold medalists at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Don’t be deceived by the overhead pressing motion of the arms, the jerk is all about the legs. Wednesday we’re working up to a one rep max jerk. If your preference is a push jerk, or you’d rather split, focus on that big leg drive, and explosive hip extension. Your legs are the key to nailing this lift.
We’re going to wrap up Wednesday with a short rowing and box jump AMRAP for a little conditioning, and just to make sure you completely use up those legs.
Strength: Jerk 5-5-3-3-1-1-1
WOD: AMRAP 8
8 Box Jumps, 24″
Several of your CrossFit Fenway teammates are competing in the Beast of the East throwdown at CrossFit New England on Saturday, November 6th. Many more are planning on coming out to support them. Join us Friday, November 5th at 7:30 PM for a pre-throwdown potluck. RSVP here, and post the item you’ll be bringing to the comments.
Compete in the most physically demanding obstacle course available on Saturday, November 13th in Marshfield at Ruckus Boston 2010. Stephanie Schneider is helping to organize the CrossFit Fenway team. Please contact her if you’d like to participate, as discounts are available for teams.