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Old 09-13-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
Christian Mason
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Post Snatch Form..

I'm still trying to pick up snatches. I've had SOME one on one coaching, but only a few sessions, so this is largely self taught.
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Pointers appreciated. What I've noticed so far:

I'm power snatching, then riding it down into a squat - I need to get under it more. Looking at my shoulder angle I think lifting shoes will help with this (since I'm close to the limit of my shoulder ROM due to the forward lean in the squat) in addition to drilling snatch balances and tall snatches more.

Slightly early arm bend, I don't think I'm muscling it TOO much though, but do correct me if I'm wrong.

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Old 09-13-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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What I see:

Start with your hips lower. Also, on the second one, you shoot your hips up. I like to think about pushing through the ground with my feet, rather than lifting with my back, when I start to f-up the 1st pull.

Your feet aren't splitting at all. That will certainly make it hard to squat.

I think the arm bend may be significant. I don't like doing a lot of pulls, but turn your elbows out and keep those arms loose.

Other than that, tall snatches would be a good idea as you've already stated. There's some 2nd pull weird-ness(yes, that's a technical term, hah), namely that the knees don't rebend, but I don't have any good suggestions there.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:39 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Jacob Rowell View Post
There's some 2nd pull weird-ness(yes, that's a technical term, hah), namely that the knees don't rebend, but I don't have any good suggestions there.
Dude - I had this exact same problem until I met with a coach one on one. I never would have diagnosed it myself...but essentially what the coach told me was that I wasn't really scooping and I was never hitting my power position. I was sort of doing a a bastardized deadlift highpull. What cured it for me were a bazillion snatch and cleans from the jumping position.

My non expert eyes also say it looks like your sitting too far back in the squat portion. Like you need to be more upright by pushing your hips and knees forward...shoes would help here big time.

However, I'm still a work in progress so take what I say with a grain of salt.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:16 PM   #4
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Yeah, hips way down in the start - bar over base of toes and arms vertical. Those high hips are sending you forward and killing your leg power.

Don't worry about receiving the bar high - it's not a heavy weight. You have to receive it wherever it is. What you can do, however, is smooth out that transition; that is, wherever you receive it, be prepared to ride it down into the bottom rather than putting the brakes on for a moment and then continuing down. All snatches will be received above rock bottom, so you need to get used to a) meeting the bar where you need to and b) not hesitating when you receive.
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