Now I have transitioned to the 28kg bells with a new goal of reaching CMS numbers. I have struggled with my lockouts and have had difficulty figuring out how to improve them. Catherine Imes suggested that my weak lockouts were likely a symptom of one of the following problems: i) disconnecting at the hips and elbows during the first bump leading to a power leak or ii) not dropping under the bells quickly enough during the second dip. She has recently written an excellent article on the AKC Blog concerning this specific issue. This week, I have had my second major breakthrough in the jerk. Like Catherine mentioned, I have discovered how to overcome a power leak during the first bump. I am now consistently launching my elbows off my pelvis on the first bump and the bells are flying overhead into a crisp lockout!!! I have hit two eight minute sets at 6 rpm and I feel I will hit 10 minutes very soon. Using this new technique, I am now doing one arm jerks with the 40kg with ease, where previously I struggled to get 2-3 reps per side. I am looking forward to my jerk days and am excited about the upcoming improvements in my numbers.
Today's workout went like this:
Jerk(28kg) 6 rpm x 8 minutes
Jerk(28kg) 8 rpm x 4 minutes
I will post some new video of my jerks soon.