Originally Posted by Greg Everett
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.
I agree totally. That has always been my biggest concern with functional training. Yeah, these lifts work great with a barbell and dumbell, but what about real objects? Take the World's Strongest Man competitions for example, you don't see much that resembles good form there. This is the most interesting part of strength and conditioning for me, that is, how can you maximize cross-over from training to sport.