In this video you will see Youth Lifter Annie Huynh combining for the first time the Clean & Push Jerk. Up to this point she has not performed the two exercises in conjunction they have always been performed separate. In the first repetition she shows solid form. During the second repetition she loses control on the Push Jerk during the dip, causing her to push the bar out and away from her body. After a brief coaching cue by Head Coach Joe Micela, she comes back on the third repetition and corrects her mistake.
She succeeds in a better execution of the lift because she was able to take the coaching cue from her coach and apply it to the already understood technique that she was previously taught. Using the right set of coaching commands at the right time will allow the athlete to better develop their overall motor pattern/understanding of the exercise. Knowing “What to say”, and “What not to say”, are also very critical for the success of the athlete.
Picking 1-2 things that the athlete is doing incorrectly and allow them to work on those few issues separately are key. If the athlete is making five or more mistakes. Telling him or her about all five mistakes at once will probably confuse the athlete. You can over coach an athlete by giving he or she too much feedback at any one time. This will cause them to over think the movement not allowing them to react to position that they have been drilling. The Olympic Lifts move at such high speeds. Athletes do not have time to think about every little inch that the barbell will be traveling. They have to Read and React. This will increase the neural response of their muscle to the weight on the bar.