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Jerk Behind The Neck From Split

AKA Behind the neck jerk from split, split jerk behind the neck from split, jerk behind the neck in split, split jerk behind the neck in split
The jerk behind the neck from split is simply a split jerk behind the neck that begins with the feet in the split position rather than the standard drive position.
Secure the bar behind the beck with your jerk grip, and the feet in your jerk split receiving position and at a normal split depth. Make sure your weight is balanced equally between the front and back feet and stabilize the trunk with air pressure and strong muscular tension. Dip straight down with the legs, and drive straight back up to elevate and accelerate the bar. Push the bar off the shoulders aggressively with the arms and into a fully locked overhead position as you lift your feet and plant both down into the normal split depth in which you started. Be sure not to shift your weight on your feet during the lift—receive in the same position and balance in which you started.
The push into the overhead position should be aggressive and quick. Try to lock the elbows at the same time your feet hit the floor again. It will help to control the speed of the dip and drive somewhat so the focus can be speed back under the bar. Be careful to not lean the chest forward as you dip.
This is a helpful exercise for strengthening the split position, and also for reinforcing the proper position and balance in the split (approximately equal between the feet), while also strengthening and reinforcing the proper overhead position for the jerk. It adds more control of the actual foot positions to an exercise like push jerk in split. Beginning from behind the neck adds some upper back strengthening, mobility work and makes achieving the correct overhead position easier; generally it will allow lifters to use more weight than the front rack variation. It can also be used as a technique primer for lifters who tend to land in an improper or imbalanced split position.
Sets of 3-5 reps with light to moderate weights can be used. Some lifters will be able to move a lot of weight in this exercise, but never exceed what can be done properly, particularly with regard to balance, as it will defeat the purpose and simply reinforce the problems it’s supposed to be correcting. If used as a technique primer, light weights should be used for 3-5 reps.
The jerk from split can be performed in the front rack position.

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