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Old 07-28-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
Tom T Nguyen
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Default Clean/Snatch Critique

Finally took the time to record my lifts for critique.

Started about 8 months ago (with Crossfit) - never did olympic lifts before that. Current bodyweight is 133lb.

Current lifts are:

Snatch = 140lb (set today!)
Clean = 200lb (set last week, but repeated today)
CJ = 175lb

Goals: really like doing the lifts and want to maximize my potential. Also like doing the lifts for the benefits they impart on my other current obsession (BJJ). Don't want to pack on weight/bulk for the sake of increasing my max.(Need to maintain weight for BJJ competitions)

I'm not able to do hook grips on either of the lifts currently - really uncomfortable ever since I dislocated right my thumb from BJJ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3VqSVQNuOg Clean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MCO75TZL4k Snatch

Thanks in advance. Forgive the duplicate post if you frequent the Crossfit forums (and thanks for the tips if you've already posted over there!)

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Old 07-29-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
Derek Maffett
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Clean - open the hips and avoid the early arm pull. Knees aren't flared out at all which means you have to shift your back horizontally a lot to get the bar up.

Snatch - pretty much the same problems, though it seems your pulling stance is a little wide here... or maybe that's just my imagination. You seem to shift forward a lot when you start the pull off the floor. The arm pull seems to be really early here. Your torso seems almost too vertical in the squat - I may be wrong, though.

You're occasionally sitting around in the bottom of the lift. Not very productive.

I can definitely see you getting much better power on that snatch when you get the extension and arm pull fixed.
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