Whether you are performing the snatch, the clean, or the jerk there is a point during the lift where the lifter’s body must move in the opposite direction that they are moving the bar. This change of direction is a skill that can be practiced and harnessed to make the lifts smoother and faster. This will later become a necessity in order to lift maximally. In the snatch this change of direction or turnover occurs overhead. In the clean this happens when we receive the bar on the shoulders. It is in the jerk where this concept is sometimes lost and not practiced often enough. The dip/drive phase of the jerk is what athletes use to accelerate the barbell upward. There is posture and timing that can be drilled to maximize this force, but for the purpose of this tip we will focus on what happens after. As the barbell leaves the shoulders the lifter should be in such a position so that they can actively and aggressively press against the weight of the rising barbell, driving themselves downward while moving the feet into the split position. When lifters fail to do this the body continues traveling upward with the bar and they more or less fall into the receiving position. This in turn puts guesswork into whether the bar is able to be lifted to arms length with the elbows locked. The drive of the jerk should feel very similar to a push press. There should always be a constant pressure between the arms and the bar. The only difference being the added nature of moving and replacing the feet. Drills to focus on this include the tall jerk, press to split, and push press + jerk complexes. When preparing for the lift, approach it as if you were doing a push press. Use a full palm grip on the bar and place the elbows just ahead of the bar so that the shoulder shelf remains intact but the arms are ready to apply a pressing force.