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Differences between the press, push press and push jerk ③ ~ Push Jerk

Hello, Coach Tatsuro here!

This time I'll explain the push jerk.

The push jerk is based on the push press, so if you haven't read the previous article you can find it here.

The push jerk is the same movement as the push press until the barbell comes off your shoulders, then you quickly get under the barbell by flexing the knees and hips again while pushing the bar up over your head and fully extending your elbows.

Notice the movement of the knees and hips in this video:

When you are stable and braced, with the barbell overhead, stand up completely before lowering the bar.

The idea of using the strength of your lower body to raise the bar from your shoulders to overhead is the same as the push press. The main difference with the push jerk is that we get under the bar, allowing us to lift heavier weights than with the push press.

With the push jerk we can lift heavier weights than the press and push press, but it is also the most complicated. On the other hand it is a great way to train various elements such as the power and coordination to push heavy weights up with your whole body, the agility to get under the bar quickly, and the balance and flexibility to support heavy weights above your head.

To practice the push jerk, at CrossFit Kyoto we learn it in stages from simple movements to complex ones, moving from press, to push press, to push jerk.

Now, let's review the press variations from the past three articles. Did you understand the differences between the press, push press, and push jerk?


Bar moves from shoulders to overhead

Legs and hips work to move the weight 

Knees re-bend to allow us to get under the bar




Push Press

〇 (once)


Push Jerk

〇 (twice)

I hope this information will be helpful to you.

My next blog will be on the theme of the snatch and clean.

I will summarize the difference between the clean and the snatch, and terms related to the starting position and the height of the catch, such as hang and power as these can be very confusing for people.


I'm looking for topics that you would like to see covered in this blog!

For example, what's the difference between snatch and power snatch, what is G2OH, etc.




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