In order to properly secure the barbell overhead in the jerk the hands must be in a position that allows the athlete to close the fist while the barbell is across his or her shoulders. Often times lifters may complete the clean with 3 or fewer fingers under the bar and this position must be adjusted prior to performing the jerk. The hand grip may vary from lifter to lifter depending on wrist and elbow flexibility. Athletes with less flexibility or larger arms may feel more comfortable keeping an open handed grip on the bar although all four fingers must be under the bar with the thumb on top. The preferred method is to maintain a closed fist while keeping the elbows oriented slightly forward and pushed to the outside. The ability to press the bar should remain intact, although during the jerk this way translates to the lifter being able to actively push themselves down into a split or squat position. Athletes who struggle to rack the bar securely across the shoulders with the hands wrapped around the bar can incorporate partner holds with an empty bar placed in the rack. Building a better rack position and maintaining the ability to press will result in more solid lockouts in jerks as the lift will not be a “heave and hope” that it is caught on locked out elbows.