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Old 09-11-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
Richard Bendekovic
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Default Returning for Snatch Critique

I laid off, to rest and repair shoulders, all upper body exercises for four weeks and have been working back to this for about four week. Had sharp pain when jerking but not pressing, not sure it is fixed and my jerk is definitely still damaged, maybe beyond repair. So here are some snatch reps. My one rep max, for some time now, is 145 and I am still more comfortable power snatching when the weight gets any heavier than the below and as you see even at these weights I receive high. Even though I have not done a snatch routine in some time I have worked (as suggested on this forum) with clean/snatch segment pulls and tall clean/snatch to work turnover. Thing that jumps out at me on these is pulling with arms. Any help will be appreciated. (Sorry for the slomo but I love playing with this app)

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Old 09-13-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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The arm bend looks to be more a result of you wanting to get the bar up into your hips better, which is a better problem to have than trying to actually lift the bar with your arms.

You can try taking your grip out wider as long as it doesn't hurt your wrists and you can hang onto the bar without a problem - that will get the bar to contact higher. But also try really engaging the lats in your start and as the bar passes the knees, really using the lats to push the bar back into your body - this will not just move it back but actually up a bit. If you can do that and also keep your knees back longer, the bar will contact higher toward the hips and you should be able to get away with not bending your arms.

You may find it helpful also to try to use straps and relax your grip as much as you can - that should help keep your arms relaxed during the extension. Once you get the feeling, go back to snatching without straps (you can still do snatches without straps some of the time, and should, but do some of your work w the straps).
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the analysis! You probably hear this all the time but I was thinking the same thing about the arm bend, but only after watching the video several times. Will try to put your suggestions into practice, thanks again!
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
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Richard, well done on having a good deep squat position. You should be proud of yourself

I noticed that you migh not have your shoulders over the bar (when starting the 1st pull).

Next session focus on having your shoulders in front of the bar. A tight feeling in your hamstrings will let you kno that you're on the right track.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
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Pete, thanks for taking the time to chime in, much appreciated. You know I almost mentioned in my original post I am a head case so added thanks for opening with some positive reenforcement. If you get a chance take a look at my recent post with C&J titled "1st. C&J in 2 months." When I was reviewing those lifts I thought I saw myself not quite over the bar like you pointed out in my snatch. I would be curious to see what you thought. Thanks.
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