Back in 1964. Peary Rader himself printed up a fantastic training course entitled The Development of the Clean & Jerk by David P. Webster.
At that time, Webster was the chief weightlifting coach for Scotland and went on to become one of the foremost strength historians of our time. We managed to get our hands on a few ORIGINAL copies of this incredibly rare collectible booklet.
The Development of the Clean & Jerk is an in-depth, technical training manual, going over the finer points of the “King of Lifts” for anyone interested in lifting the maximum amount of weight overhead. 5½” x 8½” inches in size, printed on heavyweight glossy paper, textured stock cover, 46 pages with MANY rare images and diagrams.
Here are a few of the topics covered:
- A comparison of the early Clean & Jerk techniques and styles of the 1900’s and how they have changed into modern methods
- The “Clean” techniques used by the great early strongmen: Arthur Saxon, Thomas Inch, W.A. Pullum, Mark Berry and Alan Calvert, among others
- The “Clean” vs. the “Continental style and the important details that you should know about each
- The two unconventional techniques pioneered by Monte Saldo
- The “Dive”and “Set” styles of cleaning and the countries that used them successfully pre and post-WWII
- Some famous performances of the clean and jerk going all the way back to 1895
- Observations of film clips and phot sequences from World Champions and Olympic Games competitors
- The 12 technique questions that MUST be answered to lift the maximum amount of weight
- A sequence of pictures outlining the technique of Jim Moir, British record holder and Scottish Champion and how he used them to correct two common faults
- How to start the lift, and the proper back angles to use
- Differences in Asian and Polish starting techniques
- The meaning of “ANGULAR VELOCITY” and why you should know all about it
- The three “Gold Key” positions and the one “rule” you must follow when pulling from the floor
- Positioning the bar and how to properly pass the bar past the knees during the first pull
- Analyzation and critique of EIGHT world champion lifters
- The four main factors of balance in the clean & jerk and how to keep your balance during a maximum lift
- How high does Schemansky, Zabotinsky and Vlasov pull the bar? An interesting comparison of the pulling heights of champion lifters
- Summation of forces and how to work your muscles in the correct order
- The biggest mistake that lifters make at the start of the lift and how to easily avoid it
- The most important part of the pull, and how to engage the second pull
- The fully extended position and how to lower the weight correctly and safely
- Foot position, and where to hold the bar during the jerk
- Elbow action and weight transference
- Shoulder mobility in the clean & jerk
- The path of movement of the bar during the clean
- Common faults and how to correct them
- Additional and recent information on better pulling technique
A you can see, this booklet is extremely information-dense and if you are interested in putting the MAXIMUM amount of weight overhead, the tips and techniques highlighted in it will help you do just that.
…Like all of our rare and vintage strength items, there are only so many copies of these courses to go around, and when they are gone, they are gone for good.
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