View Full Version : Snatch Form Check

Bobby O'Hara
03-05-2014, 11:43 AM
65: http://www.coachseye.com/56Pa
68 miss: http://www.coachseye.com/aIr2
70: http://www.coachseye.com/VF5Z
These lifts were from Monday, and are 77%, 80%, and 83% of my max, respectively. I have recently narrowed my stance to get my feet more directly under my hips, and this has also helped me have a more vertical back initially. The main thing I have been working on the past few weeks is keeping my arms loose throughout the pull and trying to focus more on leg extension then hip extension to limit pushing the bar out too far with my hips. My usual miss happens exactly like the 68kg miss above; I feel like I should be able to stand up with it easily but its like I catch the bar over my toes instead of over midfoot, and I lose it forward.

This 75kg snatch was from yesterday:

I experimented with my hips lower than usual in the starting position, kind of like the dynamic start in jon north's "horses out of gate" video and similar to Klokov's dynamic start also. I felt like this let me use my legs more during the pull, and the result was probably the cleanest snatch at/above 90% I've ever done. I am definitely going to keep trying out this new starting position.

Blake Barnes
03-05-2014, 03:56 PM
Well it looks like you need to work the 3rd Pull a little more. You do a good job of keeping the bar close and keep your chest up but when after the 2nd Pull you let the bar kind of float up and hope that it lands in the right spot. Which is causing the bar to out and around rather than having a more vertical bar path.

After the 2nd Pull, pull yourself down under the bar with your elbows UP and OUT. So you have constant tension on the bar and you're controlling where it goes overhead.

Some exercises to help:

Snatch High Pull (https://www.catalystathletics.com/exercises/exercise.php?exerciseID=99)

Tall Snatch (http://www.catalystathletics.com/exercises/exercise.php?exerciseID=217)

Bobby O'Hara
03-06-2014, 10:24 AM
My third pull definitely needs some work. And most of my misses are like you said - the bar just kind of floats up and if it lands slightly out of place I miss it. I got in some bad habits when I first started lifting, trying to not use my arms at all so it is taking me some time to get used to that. I have started adding muscle snatches at the start of my training so I will add some tall snatches also. Thanks for the help!