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Old 02-10-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
Christian Mendoza
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Please advise...seems to be a real challenge to complete the second pull.
Here's the latest, dated 2.8.09
http://www.youtube.com/djkaus1980
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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Christian, I personally thought those looked pretty good! Why don't you throw some weight on the bar, then we can really see your deficiencies. I think you are sandbagging a little at 40kg.

Get yourself up to a decent working weight my friend. I found for myself, 155lbs is a good working weight. Of course, my form isn't perfect every rep with this weight, but when I am properly warmed up I rarely miss at 155lbs. Therefore, it is a good working weight to practice form with.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:58 AM   #3
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i second what he said, looks good but its hard to tell too much with a weight that looks to be less than 50% of your max
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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I wish I could say that was less than 50% of my max. I'm sure with proper technique in place, I could definitely hit 80...The most I've snatched was 75, which, I may or may not be able to do that now. I know I can get 70. Between the videos taken in November and February, is when I've been trying to tackle this problem.

I often see the second pulls of experienced lifters, and how they really arch backwards sometimes. Is that a consequence of viciously extending a heavy weight? Or is it a conscious action? I haven't noticed if the same occurs with a lighter weight. I'm not sure why I have so much trouble keeping the bar close; perhaps a bad habit I'm trying so hard to break, because my elbows used to bend much less than now (if any bend at all!).

Thanks for everyone's inputs.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:56 PM   #5
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I often see the second pulls of experienced lifters, and how they really arch backwards sometimes. Is that a consequence of viciously extending a heavy weight? Or is it a conscious action? I
I have a couple ideas. I wouldn't mind hearing Glenn's opinion though. Here are my ideas.

1. I watched a Dan John video one time and his coaching cue wasn't the basic "jump/shrug" most coaches do. It was something like jump and look at the ceiling.

2. I also saw in the WCC Lifting video, they suggested putting a picture on the ceiling and extending until you catch a glimpse of that picture in your upper peripheral view, then pull under the bar.

Do those make sense?
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:01 PM   #6
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Makes sense. Seems like that extension is more exaggerated than I think. I've also been told to not rush the first pull; I never jerked it from the ground, but I think I have tried to move faster than I currently am (until I transition to that second pull), and that seems to help some. Just gotta keep hacking away at this!
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