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Ross Hunt 11-05-2004 11:21 AM

I have three questions about the squat snatch:

I understand from two of Dan John's posts (links below) that you should stay on the heels until the second pull is, practically speaking, over. That is, one should focus on staying on the heels until you're done extending the hips and start pulling yourself under the bar. Is this correct?

2) Assuming that I should stay on my heels during the second pull, should I make a point of staying on my heels during snatch pulls and high pulls? By 'snatch pull' I mean the pull where the elbows stay more or less unbent and the bar stay pretty low, whereas by 'high pull' I mean the pull where the elbows are bent and the bar is allowed to rise to nipple or head height.

3) With a view towards staying on the heels, is one of these exercises (snatch pull or high pull) to be preferred over the other?

Thank you very much,

Ross Hunt



Dan John 11-05-2004 01:23 PM


Lincoln Brigham 11-05-2004 01:56 PM

That's evil, Dan. And those shoes have no heel, either!

I like the one word "wiggle" command. If the lifter can't wiggle their toes, they aren't on their heels.

Lincoln Brigham 11-05-2004 01:59 PM

Or you can do like I did: blow out your Achilles and then take up Olympic lifting. The pain will keep you off the balls of your feet. Thumb tacks under the toes will accomplish the same thing.

Graham Hayes 11-05-2004 03:16 PM

Thumb tacks! A finger under the chin!

Talk about learning the hard way!

Dan John 11-05-2004 03:52 PM

*** touches stick...put your chin in my hand.

Stretch that hamstring!
Tote that bail.
Get a little drunk and land in jail...........

I think the pic needs to be bigger.

Jon Pappas 11-07-2004 04:30 PM


I noticed your Utah State t-shirt. Did you go to school at USU? If so, when? I went to school there from 87-89.


Dan John 11-07-2004 05:11 PM

Dan John
Class of 1979. MVP Track and Field, School Records in the Hammer and Weight Throw. Popular with chicks from philosophy classes.

Masters degree in History, 1982. ***'t Track Coach. Wearer of terrycloth coaches shirts...

You may remember Craig Carter in the hammer from your amigo.

Go Aggies!

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