View Full Version : Form Check Please! Snatches at 70 and 73 kg

Bobby O'Hara
08-06-2014, 11:30 AM
70kg/155lbs - http://www.coachseye.com/v/4oLG
73kg/160lbs - http://www.coachseye.com/v/G9WV
These are about 85% and 90% of my current max. The main things I am currently working on are being more patient for the third pull and trying to get the bar over the base of my feet before starting the third pull, keeping a more vertical bar path during the third pull by using my arms and upper back more (pulling my elbows up and out), and being more aggressive in the third pull. I'm finally starting to "pull under" the bar instead of dropping under and catching the bar, and this has helped straighten out my bar path but I could still do much better. Whenever I miss it is because I swung the bar out away from myself and it goes forward. When I focus on pulling under and keeping my forearms vertical/knuckles pointed straight down my lifts feel much smoother. I'd appreciate any tips - thank you!

Andrew Kenis
08-06-2014, 09:24 PM
Pull from the floor looks good. Butt may be coming up a little quicker than the rest of your body. Bar path looks good off the floor.

Yeah, I can see the bar getting in front of you. Definitely "hipcentric" in the 2nd pull. Focus on using lats to pull the bar back into your hips/body during and just after the explosion. Try doing some dip snatches to focus on generating vertical power with leg extension vice hip extension.

Hard to tell from your video angle (a little off to the side might be better), but it also looks like a little early arm bend before the explosive 2nd pull. Maybe you're grip is too narrow and your'e trying to hitch it up into your hips?

Looks pretty quick getting down under.

Bobby O'Hara
08-08-2014, 06:17 AM
I've definitely been trying to using my lats throughout the lift more than before to help keep the bar from getting too far in front, and the whole leg extension vs hip extension is something I've been working on for a while now. I got in some bad habits when I first started and it's taking me a while to work them out.

I tried a wider grip during my lifting yesterday and it did feel better. Looking back at my other lifts it does look like my arms start to bend before the bar gets to my hips. I may have been slightly less stable with the wider grip but it got better as I got used to it.

Here's one of the lifts from yesterday (66kg/145lbs):