If you have been struggling with lead leg positioning in the jerk, consider the following cue: “shoot the heel.” I have found that many newer athletes like leading with their toes hitting the ground first instead of a nice flat even landing. This is problematic for two reasons: One, by landing more on the toes, the lead leg does not land in a stable enough position to provide support to the bar overhead. Two, more stress is placed on the the connective tissues of the knee as the knee tracks too far over the foot. Try the “shoot the heel” cue if you find yourself a bit wobbly when you receive your jerks. You might just surprise yourself with that PR you’ve always wanted.
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