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Scott Gadd
01-02-2014, 06:15 PM
Hey Greg et al at Catalyst,

I've been Olympic lifting for the past few months and wanted to get some feedback.

A couple of my concerns include not shuffling my feet out wider to get in the catch. When I attempt this I lose balance pretty easy and it just feels better to catch in the same pulling position.

Also I tend to lose upper back strength coming out of the hole easy. I'm on week 1 of the 5 week front squat program to try and help this problem.

This video is from Week 1 Day 3 and the first 50 seconds highlight some of this issues. The rest of the video has btn jerks, squats, and clean pulls.


Thanks for the help and I really enjoyed American Weightlifting.

Blake Barnes
01-03-2014, 03:02 PM

You don't necessarily HAVE to shuffle your feet out too much on the catch. If it's not comfortable for you then that's okay; it may allow you to get a little deeper in the receiving position though. If it's more comfortable for you to not move your feet then maybe try starting with your feet a little further apart. That's just a suggestion and something you can play around with.

I wouldn't say that it's upper-back strength on why you chest is dropping slightly on the way up. Try to focus on squatting with your hips straight down and then keeping them in, underneath your body as you ascend. You can see that when you Back Squat it's the same issue. You're bringing the hips back a little bit as you descend and that makes it much more difficult to stand with your hips in.

If you detail the position of the hips in relation to your torso, you can help that Clean in the same way.

Scott Gadd
01-03-2014, 08:36 PM
Thank you for the comments Blake. I will experiment with different foot positions to see how it feels.

Re: work on hips straight down during squatting. Should the knees break first when squatting? I'm not 100% sure on how to accomplish that.

Blake Barnes
01-04-2014, 12:01 AM
The knees won't break first but the knees and hips will break simultaneously which will cause the hips to travel straight down.