Today was jerk day, among other things. I am happy to report that my jerk is slowly getting better, partially because of increasing upper body strengthening in various ranges of motion, partially by improving mobility and a little by just the sheer grunt work of practicing foot work.
But today my coach Jaremy Lynn (that’s him in the pic) introduced this idea to me. My weights aren’t giant red plates that bend the bar in the rack. So to help me feel whip a little more, he moved the plates out closer to the edges of the sleeve by putting in a few “spacer” lockjaw clamps. Voilá! More whip at the bottom of the dip. I think it’s a brilliant easy way to start getting a better feel for timing in the dip and drive.