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Old 05-26-2006, 02:56 AM   #1
Rich Krauss
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when I do a barbell thruster, I am pausing between the front squat and press to adjust my wrists and grip, esp. on the way down; is there a more efficient method to transition between the front squat and press?
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:21 AM   #2
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Rich, the more you do the better you will become with the transition. The bar should come down in a good front squat position (almost choking you), your elbows raise to keep the bar in position. When rising from the hole, the hands take a stronger grip and the elbows drop for the push. Good thing about CF, you'll see these a lot!
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Old 05-26-2006, 10:44 AM   #3
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I do these differently than Larry describes, keeping my fingertip rack grip until the bar has left my shoulders. This is due to the facts that I'm not that strong and have poor flexibility such that I can't keep the bar in contact with my shoulders (for the drive up) and have a palm-grip around the bar.

So I'm altering my grip after the bar has left my shoulders, when it's still "weightless" and moving up from the leg drive/push.

After a thruster, I re-rack the bar and go back to my rack grip, which takes a pause. But I don't pause at the end of the front squat because the end of a thruster is a push-press, not a strict press, using the last part of the FS as the push.

Here's a thread about it:
http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/22/14015.html

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Rene'

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Old 05-26-2006, 12:17 PM   #4
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Short answer: dumbbells.

Long answer: experiment with different grips. I say try slightly wider with the thumbs just wider than the shoulders. Take a lightly loaded barbell and practice rolling your elbows up and down from the racked position to the drive position. You should be able to find a way to roll the bar off the palms onto the fingertips and shoulders when you lift the elbows then lower the elbows and allow the bar to roll back to the palms.
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