Let your speed be the variable.
If you do this correctly, you should accelerate the lightest weights and heaviest weight at similar rates. Keep the focus on your body and your movement and gradually increase the explosiveness of your finish and your speed under the bar as you load more weight.
How To Keep The Bar Close In The Snatch ?
1. Assign tension properly; the easiest way to do this is to pull our lats down and towards the glutes. Imagine that we are bending the bar around the shins as we work to push the platform away from us with the middle of the foot.
2. Ensure that the momentum of the bar works up and back towards the body as…[Read more]
- When we see more than four degrees of horizontal displacement, that is the distance that the bar travels away from the body, the chances of making a successful attempt drop significantly.
- For example, here is a diagram drawn over a 157kg (354lb) Snatch by 2018 Pan American Champion Wes Kitts. This weight represents his final warm up attempt before opening the competition at 165kg (363lbs).
- Two things are likely to happen, either the bar loops away from the body, causing us to miss the lift behind or the bar doesn’t achieve the height and momentum required to pull ourselves underneath, which in turn causes the bar to fall in front.
How To Pick Your Openers and Competition Attempts ?
Picking your openers and competition attempts correctly is the first step in maximizing your performance at a weightlifting meet. Snatch what you can, Clean & Jerk what you must. We let this principle guide our selection process because no one has ever won a weightlifting competition with just…[Read more]