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Jason Patton 07-06-2013 09:50 AM

Moving my feet backwards during snatches.
Hey everyone,

I really hope that someone can help me with this problem. I have been doing Olympic lifting for 2 years now and i am having an issue with my feet moving backwards when i snatch. They are almost landing behind me and if i am lucky i will be able to catch the bar. Most of the time i catch the bar in front of me because i have jumped back so far. Are there any cues that will help this? Should i perform any specific warm ups? Here are a couple videos. One of them is a tracked video so you can see the bar path. Thank you!!!!!!!


Blake Barnes 07-06-2013 10:40 AM

The video isn't working for me but I understand the issue. I've actually had this same problem and it actually tends to return every so often. A good cue for yourself is try to let your feet land underneath the bar. If it's an issue with bringing your feet up too early, and you're kind of "hanging" in the air, then try thinking of pushing through the ground longer on the extension.

Some drills to help this would be some hang snatches without bringing your feet off of the ground. So start in your receiving position, go through the movement and get used to keeping your feet down with little movement. Also, I would try some dip snatches and tall snatches as a warm-up before you snatch.

Jason Patton 07-06-2013 10:48 AM

Thanks for the quick reply Blake. Here is the video link: http://youtu.be/eJ-aRxQY54Y
Maybe that will work better. I will start to warm up with the drills of not moving my feet and hopefully that will help seat me in the ground and i will have a better landing position. Tall snatches work well also, but once i get to a certain weight i feel as if i "need" to move them in order to get more height on the bar but i know this is a just a bad habit. Hopefully the link will work better for you.

Keith Miller 07-07-2013 01:04 PM

video is "private" :D

Jason Patton 07-07-2013 01:36 PM

Sorry about that. I fixed the video and it is now public.

Blake Barnes 07-08-2013 07:55 AM

For some people, jumping backwards isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as the bar is moving back with them. But if it's getting to a point where you're missing it forwards then I think the problem should be fixed.

As you're working to fix the problem, draw a line about an inch behind your heels to see if you're getting any better. If that doesn't work, try putting a 1x4 about an inch behind your heels for extra motivation to not jump backwards.

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