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Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout

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© October, 2014


by Tim Tobin
Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tusculum College

The clean and jerk is the ideal in-season workout and designed to increase explosiveness.

In our weight room, the clean and jerk is our lift during the season. It builds explosiveness and has shown to keep athletes healthy. The clean primarily works the hamstrings, lattisumus dorsi, biceps, and trapezius muscles. Players learn with this lift to be explosive because it teaches them to produce a large amount of force in a very short period of time.

Another benefit of the lift is that it works the hips and glutes. They are two very important areas that have to do with power and speed. We preach controlling the weight during the complete cycle of the lift. The clean and jerk is one of the perfect lifts. You can have a whole, complete body movement workout in just one lift. My goals during the season are keeping the players on the field for practice to prepare and, most importantly, on the field to perform on game day. That is why this is my lift during the season.
Benefits of Using the Clean and Jerk for In-Season Lifting:

1. Full body workout

2. Low injury rate

3. Allowing rest (Train two days a week)                               ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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