Glenn Pendlay anf Donny Shankle sat down to adress some question they received on Donny’s Press in Split Drills and Split Jerk Foot Position video.
Q: How wide should the feet be in the split?
A: slightly wider than shoulder widths
Q: What about the back foot position?
A: back heel outward, don’t rotate (knee can’t drop)
Q: What about the weight distribution between the feet?
A: Glenn says 60/40, Zygmunt Smalcerz says 45/55, Donny says 50/50
Q: Can I do the presses behind the neck?
- not important , it’s only a warm up exercise, no dramatic difference.
- easer from behind the neck, when you don’t have a great split to start with
- never done before, might try from behind the neck first
Q: What about the back knee dropping?
- it’s important that the front knee is not moving forward or back, whether you press or jerk from the split
- exercises helps ou to keep the hips under the bar
- front knee moving forward -> hips come forward -> bar comes forward-> can’t support a heavy weight
- most important aspect of that lift: no horizontal motion with the front knee, and only vertical motion at the hips
- beginners keep pressing until they can keep their body in correct position for a whole set of 5, then move on to the jerk
Q: What are proper weights to use?
A: for the press Donny is about 30 % of his heaviest Jerk