Video: Bob Takano - Technical Observations on the Clean and Jerk

Bob Takano

Contributor - Olympic Weightlifting

Woodland Hills, California, United States

Olympic Weightlifting


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In this video of Michael’s 101 PR clean and jerk, a number of technical items can be observed. I had to assimilate them, evaluate them and make the adjustment for the call of the next weight and what advice to give him. They are as follows:


  1. As Michael pulls off the floor his lower back is slightly rounded. This is partly due to tight hamstrings.
  2. Although he gets a good pop off the upper thigh, he fails to shrug fully at the top of the pull.
  3. The bar drops on him in the deep squat rather than him meeting the bar and amortizing.
  4. At the bottom of the dip, his tight hamstrings pull his pelvis forward and inhibit his jerk drive slightly.
  5. When he lands in the split, he continues to sink after the arms are locked out.


I encouraged him to top pull, meet the bar, and freeze the split when his arms locked. The tight hamstrings would have to be taken care of in training. As it was, they were already a work in progress.

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