View Full Version : Help with my snatch

Jon Ivmark
06-19-2011, 01:17 PM
Hi all,

trying to improve my snatch and I'm in need of all the advice I can get.

A good lift for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzqwSwgAqPk

A common miss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtM-49k-SSs

When I miss, it's almost always forward. Again, thankful for any advice.


Greg Everett
06-20-2011, 08:39 AM
all in all, it's not bad. don't tuck your head back between your arms overhead and you'll get a more stable position. (see this for more on that - http://www.cathletics.com/articles/article.php?articleID=119)

that miss is really just a product of imbalance right from the start of the lift. off the floor you never shift back toward your heels enough and the bar is pulling you forward throughout the lift. couple that with you sweeping your feet back slightly as you replace them on the platform and tucking your head, and your base isn't under the bar, and your oh position isn't stable. you can see this starting even on the 80kg make, but on that lift, you shift your weight back much better, which is why you make it.

right off the floor, get back to your heels and keep your chest up - i think of this initial break as sitting back and up; in other words, the knees shift back, but the shoulders come too. you can try sn deadlifts - or segment/pause DLs in which you break the bar and pause for a couple sec 1" off the floor, then again at the knees, forcing yourself to get your weight and position set properly.

Jon Ivmark
06-21-2011, 01:11 PM
Thanks Greg, I'll start working on it ASAP. And keep reading your book, which is awsome.

Jon Ivmark
06-28-2011, 01:20 PM
I tried it, but it didn't work out like I wanted it to ;)


aldrich marlin
07-07-2011, 11:23 PM
Hey there Jon Ivmark you should got some training from a personal trainer in this matter.. In my view you do some wrong and lift the weights in one lift which is not the best one way....

Bee Brian
07-08-2011, 03:46 PM
I really believe this is a bad case of upper back weakness. I think your pull is GREAT.

You simply can't hold on to the weight overhead stably enough due to weakness in the shoulder girdle OR triceps OR both.

Should you work on overhead squats? I don't know if you should. As a man who trains with a bulgarian-type template, I wouldn't reccommend people depending too much on specific, specialized exercises targetting merely ONE aspect of the bigger picture, but people may have different views on this.

You just need a stronger upper body.

Jon Ivmark
07-17-2011, 12:33 PM
You might be right Bee, thanks for the input. However, my snatch balance is heavier than my snatch and my OHS is around 15-20% heavier than my snatch, so I seldom overhead squat. Perhaps I should rethink this.