Originally Posted by Craig Cooper
Speaking from limited experience, I would think that the snatch is a natural movement, representing the most efficient way to get something from the ground to overhead.
Yes, I used to make that argument myself. But I think it was Bill Fox who stubbornly refused to accept it, and it made me think a little harder. The snatch really only works well with a barbell, which is a nice, low profile, easy to grip implement. A hay bail, on the other hand, is much harder to handle and wouldn't lend itself too well. If I had to get one overhead, I think I would try to get it onto a shoulder first and then push jerk it--regardless, it wouldn't look like a legitimate O-lift.