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Old 01-05-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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in this picture is some handsome devil doing two Overhead squats

one is a wide grip ,pretty much right as far apart as he can go,

the other is a closer grip.. the way he does it in warmups because his broomstick isn't long enough

He thinks he has an idea of which feels better, but wonders what everyone else thinks about it

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Old 01-05-2007, 09:29 PM   #2
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HELP!

i want to be able to snatch properly!
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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The grip in the second photo is almost certainly too narrow or at the limits of how narrow you should go. How tall are you?
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:42 PM   #4
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Anthony, you'll probably be happiest with something closer to the first (wider).

In any case, though, get those shoulders active and drive the bar up toward the ceiling with fully extended arms (straight elbows)! There should be lots of tension throughout your arms, shoulders, and torso (throughout your whole body, in fact). Even when the weight is light.


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Old 01-06-2007, 05:18 PM   #5
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Lincoln, I'm 6'2" and 3/4s

Carrie, tension, eh?... probably going to have to go cog to cog. and I'll defenitely start thinking about making the arms perfectly straight

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Old 01-09-2007, 02:52 PM   #6
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At 6'2" your grip should be collar-to-collar or pretty close to that. I'm 6'1" and change. I go collar-to-collar or sometimes a 1/2" in, depending on my mood.
http://www.crossfitsedona.com/Videos...rheadSquat.mov


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Old 01-09-2007, 04:56 PM   #7
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Lincoln,
As a side note, I wonder if going collar to collar makes it easier to hold on to heavy OHS. My biggest problem, especially lately with the crap bars at my current gym, is holding the weight. My hands slip out. If your already at the collars, there's nowhere to go. Of course if I gripped it at the collars, the bar would be making a dent in my head.
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I think it helps. I have a slightly unusual approach to my snatch grip in that my pulling grip for the snatch is 1/2" in from the collar but my overhead grip is collar-to-collar. As the bar passes my head I push out until my hands are jammed up against the collars. I don't advise or teach this. It simply works for me, YMMV.

Usually us tall guys are disadvantaged in the snatch, so I'll take every advantage I can get including pushing out against the collars. Shorter lifters shouldn't emulate this.
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:13 PM   #9
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I have found that collar to collar hurts my wrists when "going heavy". I'm 6'2". When I get around 60-65% of my BW, 5 or more snatches at that weight hurt my wrists when collar to collar, so I have worked on my shoulder flexibility (doing a lot of shoulder dislocates) and now I can move my grip in, about a grips width from the collars on each side.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:13 PM   #10
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Wasn't there a picture on the front page a month ago that dealt with sizing up the ideal distance.
Basically the upper arm is held horizontal, while the elbow is bent to vertical. Hold the bar. Then of course, straight arms.
I never was taught any rules for the grip and I haven't really analyzed much video to see if that always seems the case. Youtube and CF should have plenty though.
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