View Full Version : Snatch Critique

Sven Kamrud
04-27-2014, 06:49 PM
I am relatively new at olympic lifting (I discovered it through Crossfit about 6 months ago). I have a lot to learn, but I am committed to improving. Any pointers on my snatch technique would be appreciated. The first video is 140# x 3, second video is 190, which is my current PR.

By the way, thanks for all of the online resources and the training programs. I am in week 3 of the 5-week front squat emphasis cycle (my legs are weak).



Javier Sanjuan
04-28-2014, 06:54 AM

I think the majority of comments, like leading out with your chest a bit more and stability in the bottom position, will be corrected if you purchase some weightlifting shoe;, even though you have excellent ankle mobility to get into a nice, low, and upright squat position, weightlifting shoes provide a number of benefits. When you're starting, you could benefit from a little more power generated by your legs by starting with the butt a little more down and chest taller. Shoes will help you get into that position. Additionally, you're more so on the balls of your feet in the bottom position -- another fault that can be corrected by the stability that weightlifting shoes bring.

Other than that, I think you're doing well.

Hope this helps,

Blake Barnes
04-28-2014, 04:01 PM
I agree with Javier. Try to get some weightlifting shoes.

Looks like there is some shoulder instability when receiving the bar (2nd video). I understand this is your current PR and everything but that is a lot of movement. I would recommend doing Presses in Snatch (http://www.catalystathletics.com/exercises/exercise.php?exerciseID=95) and even some Snatch Push Presses (http://www.catalystathletics.com/exercises/exercise.php?exerciseID=89) to help strengthen that overhead position. Really make sure you're achieving a strong lockout and even hold it for 1-2 seconds before lowering it back down.

Other than that, it looks pretty good.

Sven Kamrud
04-28-2014, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys; I appreciate it. I'll see what I can do about WL shoes and shoulder stability.