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Old 02-15-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hey everybody!

I'm looking for some critique on my snatch technique. I've been weightlifting for around 4 months. Around the time I started, I had an L4 or L5 disc bulge that occurred during a set of back squats with poor technique.

Following the injury, I revamped my technique and have been attempting to get as close as I can to perfect form, especially in the bottom position. I also dropped a lot of weight on every lift, as you can see.

I do not have a proper pair of lifting shoes, which does affect my form to some degree.
Thanks for the help!

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Old 02-17-2014, 02:06 PM   #2
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Your arms are too stiff in the first pull, and your shoulders are behind the bar - you also start by trying to open the hips. Start instead by pushing with the legs and keeping the angle of your back about the same. Push the bar back toward your body with your lats and shoulders and adjust until your shoulders are directly above the bar. The bar should be as close to your legs as possible the entire way up.
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Great! Thanks so much. I'm dealing with some knee trouble now, but when I'm able to get back to weightlifting I'll make these changes and post an update.
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Like Greg said, the bar is a little too far away from you. The bar path on the first pull should be making an angle back toward your body rather that straight up.

Also, it looks like your elbows are pointed back in the starting position and in the first pull. Turn your elbows straight out to the side when you get set and all the way throughout the second pull. This will allow for an easier turnover.

In the second video, it looks like you're looking down as you pull the bar off of the floor. Try to set your vision straight ahead as your pulling to eliminate any chance for unintentional shift in your weight.
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