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Old 01-04-2010, 01:41 PM   #11
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Here's what I had to do:
1. Bought about 300 pounds in cheap bumper plates (kraiburgs at rubberman);
2. bought a decent bar (York training or Pendlay HD)
3. tossed my ego out the window;
4. thought speed and technical precision;
5. spent tons of time watching videos and asking questions on boards like this on technical issues;
6. read everything I could get my hands on;
7. if you don't have access to a coach, videotape your technical lifts and ask periodic critques on boards like this one seeking technical evaluations;
8. when you get your feed back on your critiques, write it all down, and only focus on one thing each set you perform. Trying to do too many will result in utter confusion.
9. be hella patient; it's a long term process.

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a bunch of guys and I are buying a bumper plate set for us to use at the gym, for my training (and clients) and their training as well. After that is a couple good bars (Oly bars) so I will go from there. I hate doing Oly Lifts with the bars the gym has...
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:21 PM   #12
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a bunch of guys and I are buying a bumper plate set for us to use at the gym, for my training (and clients) and their training as well. After that is a couple good bars (Oly bars) so I will go from there. I hate doing Oly Lifts with the bars the gym has...

The main thing to do is buy one or two decent bars - I actulaly prefer the Pendlay HD because it's standard on the distance between the collars and the knurlings. And given your height and arm length, you should be snatching with your hands against the collars - which, IMO, makes it a lot easier to understand how to recieve the bar on the snatch.

The York training bar is about 2" wider at he collars and a normal human really can't hold it collar to collar like the Pendlay/werksan/Eelko (sp). Now the York comp bar (which is $650) does have those measurements. Which I always found weird.

Anyway, just get two decent bars and don't let them go near a squat rack, a bench or a power cage. Those absolutely destroy the knurling where you will be gripping for your snatch.

If you do not have that luxury, put some leather or tape on the "bar holders" of the benches, squat racks, or power cages at your gym so the bars knurling doesn't get destroyed.

But I hear ya. I really hate doing snatches at the YMCA I train at ocassionally. I don't mind cleans as that part of the bar doesn't get banged up. But snatches make it hard.

Good luck.

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Old 01-05-2010, 02:24 PM   #13
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You know, I jump my hands out when I snatch and go collar to collar. Many, many times I jump the collars and hit plates when I snatch.

But you did say normal human being, not gorillas.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:33 PM   #14
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You know, I jump my hands out when I snatch and go collar to collar. Many, many times I jump the collars and hit plates when I snatch.

But you did say normal human being, not gorillas.
Mike,
I start with my hands against the collars. I'm 5'10" and 76" from finger tip to finger tip. I'm more of a orangutan; but a lot less hairy.

:-D

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Old 01-05-2010, 07:58 PM   #15
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You would probably be damn good at bouldering, fwiw.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:27 AM   #16
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You would probably be damn good at bouldering, fwiw.
... or discus.
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