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Old 03-25-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
Dave Winchester
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Default Trouble with the snatch...

You know, I look at all these videos of people doing snatches and it's almost like their arms barely bend. To me it looks like they're arcing around the bar, and the elbows only bend slightly as the arms become perpendicular to the barbell on the way down.

How's that work out? My form is not that great (dare I say horrendous?), the bar goes out in front of me, I'm not sure if I'm pulling with the arms, but if I watch a video of me doing it, it looks nothing like the ones I see else where.

I have long arms for me height (stand 6'1", arm span is maybe around 6'5"? Or was it 6'8"? I don't know), but don't think this should affect it so much. Why's it look like others are swinging around it, just a trick to my greenhorn eye?

On a positive note, I bashed myself in the head today with the bar trying to work on snatch technique What are some methods people have used to improve form? I've heard duct tape on the elbows? I got Dan John's DVD, which has some nice cues, seeing what else is out there until I can get to a seminar. (I'm up in Massachusetts, Northeastern part).
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Old 03-29-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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Hey Dave,
Without seeing you lift, it's hard to say.

I'll take a guess that the 'arcing' you see relates to the timing and aggressiveness of the third pull (under the barbell and into the squat).

Regarding arm bend, you've probably seen it already, but part 2 of the Tommy Kono instructional video may be worth revisiting:

btw, have you checked the USA Weightlifting site for a coach/club near you?
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:11 AM   #3
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try some muscle snatches and see what happens with the bar--keep it as close to you as possible.

generally, the bar is pulled essentially straight up, and as you and yoon said, the lifter moves around the bar (or should)--that means he/she must move back a little temporarily.

defnitely put some video on here and we can help out better.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:30 AM   #4
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Dave good to see someone else with orangutan arms. I am pretty much the exact size. I look forward to seeing your video.

I am working on my snatch and it is slowly progressing.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:36 AM   #5
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Hmm. I'd suggest a video of the snatch from the side that would show the bar trajectory in action, but I can't youtube at work...
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