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Old 08-15-2007, 05:22 PM   #1
Derek Simonds
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Default 1 Arm DB Snatch

I did 1 Arm snatch and C/J today with my non dominant hand since my dominant hand is broken. I did a power version which is what I mostly see demonstrated with KB and DB's. Do people do full squat snatches with DB's as a regular part of training or do most people stick with the power versions?

I was very surprised with my performance. I have snatched a 52 LB KB for multiples but haven't really done any DB snatches. I started with 35 LB's and worked up to 60 LB's X 2 with no trouble at all. In fact when I switched to C/J's I went back down to 50 LB's and was going to work back up but I was less comfortable with the C/J than I was with the snatch. Some of the uncomfortableness was probably with how the weight was coming to my shoulder.

I really enjoyed the DB power snatch and will add that to my training when I am healed.

Anyone else playing with these?
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin

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Old 08-15-2007, 06:05 PM   #2
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I used to do allot of DB power snathces before i got KB's. I really like the movement.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:08 PM   #3
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I love them. I have used them as a warm up to progressive pulls and as a stand alone. intuitive way to learn explosive lifts
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:30 PM   #4
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I love 'em...

And like you I can snatch more with a DB than a KB (for me, so far, I think, it's a technical issue on the KB snatch).

Good stuff!
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:44 AM   #5
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I built up to 38 kg snatches with dbs earlier this year. I'm a kitten with my kbs though. The 25kg sucks the life out of me (and normally smashes into the ceiling if I don't train outside).

Something I've mentioned before on here is an idea I got from Ross Enamait:

DB Press 1 rep
DB Push Press 1 rep
DB Snatch 1 rep

Obviously you can build on that with overhead lunges etc. I do that a lot particularly at my parent's house were I have 'nothing' but a 22kg db, a tractor tire, a keg full of water and a lot of land to play with.
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:46 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Chuck Kechter View Post
I love 'em...

And like you I can snatch more with a DB than a KB (for me, so far, I think, it's a technical issue on the KB snatch).

Good stuff!
Same here, I've had a 24KG KB for a bit now but I just prefer the DB version. I still occasionally don't do the "punching thing" correctly and end up with some bruised forearms.

I basically need to focus on bringing up my KB technique up but thus far haven't put the time in yet.
"And for crying out loud. Don't go into the pain cave. I can't stress this enough. Your Totem Animal won't be in there to help you. You'll be on your own. The Pain Cave is for cowards.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:43 AM   #7
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I love both DB and KB snatches and use both often in our CrossFit classes and for my own training. I'm a bit biased towards KBs though for conditioning since I do a lot of heavy barbell snatches and the KB snatches "flow" from rep to rep much easier.

They are really two different movements. The DB snatch is vertical (just like the barbell version) while the KB snatch is rotational (its essentially a very high swing with a lockout at the top). The hip action is very similar in both movements but they are very different.
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