Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

Dynamic Start & Static Start In The Snatch & Clean - Olympic Weightlifting

The dynamic start is a method of beginning a pull from the floor (such as in the snatch or clean) in which the athlete moves continuously through the moment at which the bar is first separated from the floor. This allows the lifter to move the bar from the floor with more speed and less fatigue.

In a static start, the athlete sets and holds the starting position at least momentarily before lifting the bar from the floor.

The dynamic start is not recommended for beginning lifters, as it introduces more potential for technical inconsistency. A static start should be used until snatch and clean technique is reasonably sound and consistent, at which time the athlete can experiment with different dynamic starts to find what works best.

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