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Old 06-26-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
Katarina Visnar
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Question Snatch - premature arm bending - how to correct?

Hello everyon! This is my first post, though I've been following the forum for some time now.

Could I ask for input on possible ways to help me correct premature arm bending in Snatch? Plus the speed of turnover -- I lack it, I know. I actually don't know how it should "feel" to pull myself under the bar.

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:50 AM   #2
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You know I actually have the same problem with both my lifts and I am waiting for a good response for this. Sorry for hijacking your thread.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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Try to imagine lifting your shoulders rather than lifting the bar - let the weight of the bar stretch your arms out until you feel your hips snap thought - only then engage your arms to pull under. Arch your back as much as possible, and engage the lats tightly - this will not only help extend the upper back, but will push the bar back into your body/hips.

really settle on your heels as you're pulling - immediately when you start, your weight shifts to the balls of your feel and you start extending your ankles. stay flat footed as long as possible. when you move down to the hang position, hold it for a moment and balance your weight before you start the lift. drive aggressively down through the floor through your heels while you snap your hips in.

Before you move down to the hang position for the first lift, you're basically in the correct extension position - weight back toward the heels, knees straight and hips slightly hyperextended - this is where you want to finish your pull, but you stop short of this when you actually lift. try moving from the hang to this simulated finish position a few times before each lift and then try to recreate it in the lift.

your turnover will speed up if you can speed up that final extension at the top - snap the hips in and out so you can sit down into a squat position - now you're sliding your hips forward slightly as you pull under.
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Thank you Greg!
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