We all want to lift more weight, more speed, and with more power in the snatch and clean. Sometimes we blame our progress on our strength, and other times we assume it must be technique. The fix highlighted in the article deals with one specific point in your technique. I’ve seen it help 99% of the athletes I’ve been privileged to train.
When the bar is coming off the hip (at that point of driving the legs) pull yourself under the bar from the first… not the shrug. This video breaks it all down with more details below.
When first learning the Olympic lifts it is very common for us to try to pull the bar as high as we can. It often isn’t a thought and new athletes rarely realize that is what they’re trying to do.
Personally, I had a big challenge using my arms correctly in the snatch and clean. When I was first learning, it just made sense to me when to give it a big HEAVE off that hip… getting a shrug involved trying to get the bar higher. What I learned was that shrug was limiting me in huge way.
Then there was a break through for me! My best lifts easily jumped by 25lbs when my thought process changed. What was the new cue? - Use my arms to pull myself down in the lift.
Good weightlifters are often characterized by snappy movement in the snatch and clean. Pop! Then that lifter is under the bar. Changing your emphasis from “shoulders and arms trying to pull higher (shrugging)” to your “arms pulling you down from the fist” can help you do the same!
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At the point of leg drive when the bar is at its peak speed our main objective is to change direction and get under the bar!
The next step is to test pulling from the fist in your training. In the video, I highlight a test to perform with a friend. Do that! Then start with a power (snatch or clean) + freeze. Aim to have patience with the arms and then off the hip pull yourself down with the fist and FREEZE! Record yourself, analyze and adjust… this is the process!
WOD Nation... question for you – When you apply this to your lifts what were the results? Let me know what breakthroughs happened and what challenges happened during the process.
This is a guest post from Drew Dillon, head coach and co-founder of Project Lift during his lifting career as an athlete Drew placed as high as 4th at a USA Weightlifting Nationals and is a personal coach to 2012 Olympian Holley Mangold. He is also know as a weber grill snob and will routinely ask you "what is for dinner" during training. You can follow Drew on Instagram and YouTube.
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