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BEHIND THE NECK JERK Learn weightlifting skills from coach Bob Takano, USA weightlifting Hall-of-Famer and National team coach. This exercise will enable the lifter to finish the move with the jerk in the correct position overhead. This is because all of the behind-the-neck movements begin with the bar positioned on the shoulders behind the neck. This enables the bar to move in a relatively straight line to the final overhead position. ... It is also easier to support the bar with the elbows lowered in such a manner that the arms can be used more effectively in the drive overhead. The lifter should become familiar with the amount of knee bend necessary to achieve the power position. This will be the bottom of the dip for the jerk and the push press. The lift begins with the athlete removing the bar from the rack while it is resting on the shoulders behind the neck. A hip-width stance is set and the knees are unlocked, the torso is rigid. The center of pressure should be on the heels. The athlete descends to a power position in a controlled manner not allowing any space between the bar and the shoulders. As soon as the power position is reached, the legs and hips extend explosively and plantar flexion takes place as the center of pressure moves from the heels to the ball of the feet. The shoulders shrug at the top of the leg drive and both feet leave the floor at the same time. The front foot prances, and the rear foot skims. This has the effect of the rear foot gaining traction first which pushes the body of the lifter slightly forward before the front foot lands. Simultaneously the arms lock the bar overhead. The athlete recovers by leaning slightly backward and pulling the front foot back to the starting stance. The rear leg then recovers forward.