Should You Use A Dynamic Start In The Snatch & Clean?

A dynamic start in the snatch or clean uses some kind of movement prior to bar separation to begin the lift without the athlete ever holding the starting position motionlessly, as in a static start.
The purpose is to make the first pull easier and faster, which is done through a stretch-shortening reflex, pre-tensioning, pre-acceleration of the body, or a combination.
This allows the lifter to generate more force with less effort.
Sounds great, but the question is whether or not YOU should be using a dynamic start:
If you’re not yet technically proficient enough to have a consistent position and balance in the first pull, don’t use one.
A dynamic start adds more potential for inconsistency, meaning it will make technique progress slower and more difficult despite making the first pull feel easier.
At this point, you have no need for a dynamic start anyway. The weights you’re lifting are far enough below your strength capacity because skill is the limiter.
Stick with a static start until you’re lifting fairly consistently, then as your heavy snatches and cleans become legitimately difficult to accelerate in the first pull, transition to some kind of hybrid start before moving to a fully dynamic start.

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