Biomechanics of the log press vs. the clean and jerk

Biomechanical analysis of the weightlifting clean and jerk vs. strongman log press

The log press is a complex full body movement that is typically utilized in strongman and crossfit training. Unlike the clean and jerk (as in weightlifting) the log lift is broken up into two primary movement phases. In phase one the log is retrieved from the ground and rested on the thigh in the squat position, next the lifter rolls the log up the body with triple hip, knee and back extension and finished with an overhead press.

Despite the growing dissemination of crossfit and increased prevalence of strength athletes there are no studies to date investigating the biomechanics of the log lift. Considering these things, the authors set out to determine the biomechanical characteristics of the log lift versus the clean and jerk, and found that the log lift demonstrated greater hip and trunk range of motion but less peak bar power and velocity when compared to the clean and jerk.


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