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John Donovan 12-24-2012 07:08 AM

Snatch check
Here's one from yesterday at 50kg. I'm still working on keeping the bar close and staying more vertical and this one felt pretty good. Any tips appreciated.


John Donovan 12-25-2012 10:00 AM


John Donovan 12-26-2012 11:11 AM


Hopefully this works.

Josh Hernandez 12-26-2012 02:10 PM

I don't think this looks too bad at all. You deliver your hips and retreat them really well. You're jumping forward slightly and I think that's because you stop your pull in with your lats too early (it looked like the bar came in but just slightly). Because this happens, you bring your hips to the bar and not vice versa. What happens after that is the bar shoots way in front of you so you jump forward to compensate. When you receive it, it's still traveling backwards (a big loop) but you're strong enough to control it. That same hip delivery about 4-5 inches back would make that bar travel closer to your body and you'll put up a lot of weight.
Think about bringing the bar back into your hips. Relax your arms and just allow your lats to do the pulling and think "pull through the heels". Does that make sense? I think this video illustrates what I'm trying to explain:

Steve Pan 12-26-2012 03:11 PM

I would suggest trying to drive through the ground an instant longer and stay on those heels a bit longer.

Make sure you are keeping tension against that bar and keeping it close as you pull under. The bar gets away from you a bit and ends up throwing off your balance as you pull under.

You seem a bit hesitant to squat under the bar. I would suggest working on squatting under every rep to get you more and more comfortable there. Working on getting that squat dialed in will help keep you more stable pulling under and receiving the bar.

John Donovan 12-26-2012 03:50 PM

Thanks for the critiques of my lift. You guys pretty much hit it on the head of what I was thinking I needed to work on. This workout I actually made a point to keep the bar in so I can only imagine how bad it was before. I do squat every lift but you're right in saying I'm a little hesitant in getting under the bar. I've only been training these lift for a couple of months and I am not training with a coach right now so there are obviously holes in my technique. I hope to be working with a coach after the first of the year though.

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