13 Feb Practical strategies to break through mental blocks with the snatch and clean & jerk in training for Olympic weightlifting. 31 May Sometimes, people are confused as to how Olympic weightlifting is just two exercises: the snatch and the clean & jerk. (And formerly the clean & press, which was part of the sport in the Olympics until ) What these people may fail to understand is that these exercises use practically every muscle in the. During the jerk the lifter raises the barbell to a stationary position above the head, finishing with straight arms and legs, and the feet in the same plane as the torso and barbell. Of the several variants of the lift, the most common is the Olympic clean and jerk, which, with the snatch, is contested in Olympic weightlifting events .