A Jerk Is a Jerk (And a Press Is a Press)
The jerk press is one of the most popular exercises among bodybuilders. But it’s not just for big guys anymore. It’s becoming increasingly popular with powerlifters too.
So what exactly are the benefits?
Let’s take a look at some of them:
1) You don’t have to worry about your shoulders getting injured from heavy weights when doing pull ups or dips.
2) You don’t need to spend so much time warming up and cooling down between sets.
3) Your grip strength improves because you’re using heavier weights.
4) You get better results since you use lighter weights than if you used dumbbells instead of barbells.
If all these reasons sound good, then why not do them?
Well, there are several disadvantages to the jerk press. Here they are:
1) If you don’t have a strong back, then you might feel pain during the lift.
If you don’t have a strong back, then your elbows will tend to bend forward and may even hurt. This is especially true if you’re using dumbbells instead of barbells. So make sure that your arms aren’t weak before trying out this exercise!
2) You need to be careful that you don’t jerk the weights or else you could get injured.
This is especially true if you’re lifting a lot of weight and your center of gravity is off-balance. So make sure you have plenty of space when you do these exercises. If you feel that you’re going to lose your balance, then just set the barbell down before anything bad happens.
3) If your shoulders are already weak due to issues with your rotator cuff, then you might want to stay away from this exercise altogether.
The jerk can put a lot of stress on the rotator cuff and if it’s weak to begin with, then this is probably not a good idea.
In conclusion, while there are many benefits to the jerk press, there are also some downsides to it as well.
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