Avoid Cracking your Skull!

by Roger LaPointe

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You know that great explosive pop you get when you do your Power Jerk correctly?

You know what I am talking about. It’s when the bar goes overhead into the lock out position so easily it seems nothing. Well, you can also do that with stones. Pardon the pun, but it’s tons of fun.

TIP: Avoid Cracking Your Skull With The Big Rock.

So, how does one safely train to do that, you ask?

When you are comfortable with this exercise, then you can go outside and do this with a stone. Don’t be afraid to dump your stone. The technique for doing that is basically the same as with an Olympic barbell with bumper plates. You just happen to be using a stone and you aren’t on a weightlifting platform, but outside and creating crater holes in the dirt.

The key is to make the rock go straight up. Start by practicing the power jerk with a barbell. Then comes the clever part. Get yourself a nice “soft” leather medicine ball. I have a 20 Pound Leather Med Ball that I use for this exercise. Go to a basketball court, preferably when no one is playing basketball. Position yourself in the lock-out directly under the net. Now you start popping the med ball up through the bottom of the net. The less motion you have with the net, but better.



Have fun.

All the best, Roger LaPointe
“Today is good day to lift.”