When performing the Jerk the bar should rest across the top of the shoulders. Ideally the hands should be closed on the bar and not open. The Elbow Angle should be at what we call a “5 by 45 degree angle”. This will ensure that when the athlete goes into the Dip portion of the Jerk the bar remains balanced on the shoulder. As the bar and the athlete comes out of the dip the Elbows should stay at the angle. When the Elbows are down at a 45 degree angle, this will allow the optimal amount of surface contact with the shoulders and the bar. This also provides the athlete with the best position to drive the barbell overhead in as straight as line as possible.
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