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Push Jerk

Push Jerk

The Push Jerk is a compound resistance training exercise for advanced athletes to improve hip flexor speed, body control and coordination.

How to Progress

If you use additional weights…make sure you use appropriate resistance so you can control the action throughout the entire range of motion. Otherwise you defeat the purpose of the exercise.

Very often, people use too much resistance and they become sloppy. Especially when it comes to maintaining core stability repetitively.

Also, don’t just progress with adding more weight. First, maximize the speed while maintaining perfect form.

Push Jerk Description

Push Jerk
Push Jerk © by Phil Halfmann – all rights reserved
  1. Position barbell chest level on the rack; add resistance (plates) and attach safety clips
  2. Take an athletic stance; stand straight, feet are under the shoulders; knees slightly flexed; toes point forward
  3. Use a pronated grip (palms facing down) and place hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart on the bar; position barbell on top of the chest, move elbow underneath barbell and flex shoulder to 90°; elbows point forward; lift barbell off the rack and take a step back
  4. Slightly flex the hips (without excessive knee flexion) then extend hips rapidly to move barbell vertically off the chest and immediately flex hips rapidly to get under the barbell and extend the elbows; feet must stay within shoulders; knees must not protrude past toes; look forward
  5. Stand up straight, flex elbows, move head slightly back and return barbell to starting position

Push Jerk Targeted Musculature

  • Hip flexors
  • Iliopsoas

Related Resistance Training Exercises

Push Press
Push Press
Front Squat to Press
Front Squat to Press
Standing Military Press
Standing Military Press

Training Zone

We provide you with some more workouts and training tips you may be interested in to optimize your training.

Also, make sure that you warm up properly before and stretch out after your training session.

Have fun and happy training!