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Old 12-02-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Snatch advice

Long-time lurker, but I just started performing the olympic lifts, and I figured I should get some advice at the beginning before mistakes become habits.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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Not too bad. Make sure you're bringing the bar back toward you as it leaves the floor and stay down on the heels/weight back longer during the pull - you start moving forward as the bar passes your knees. Think of moving the bar back into your hips rather than moving yourself into the bar.

Open the hips and stretch the body out more at the top of your pull - think fully extended knees and shoulders behind the hips.

Make sure the bar doesn't swing away from you as you move under it - finishing the extension and keeping your weight back as described above will help this, but actively keep it close to your body.

Finally, don't cut that squat short. Even if you receive the bar high, sit all the way into the bottom position every time - if you're not flexible enough to do that yet, keep stretching and keep sitting as deep as you can each time, pushing a little at a time until you can sit in completely.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:39 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips - awesome. When my feet move to the receiving position, my toes usually end up pointing out more than they should - is that a flexibility thing too?
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:55 AM   #4
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Phil, I have the same issue as you, but only with my left foot, and only when I snatch. Makes me feel like I'm coming out of the hole lopsided.. I can't seem to get it to not do it.
Unfortunately, I have no advice on fixing it, just thought I'd let you know you're not alone, ha.
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Probably flexibility.
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Soooo......+20lbs PR. I can expect to PR after every time I post here, right....?

Thank Greg. I will keeping chipping away at getting consistent and then post again in two weeks or so.
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