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Old 02-10-2014, 10:10 PM   #11
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Re: Getting under bar

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Any tips/vids/ or links to help me get under the bar quicker when doing OHS or squat cleans...
Had me confused here too. OHS is "Over Head Squat". Haven't ever heard a snatch called OHS or Overhead Snatch.

Mental. Commit to getting under the bar.

I do play he11 trying to do low weight snatches. Cleans, no problem, but my snatch form isn't sharp enough that I do need SOME weight to let me pull myself under the bar faster. Guess I should be doing more snatches...
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:07 AM   #12
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Re: Getting under bar

You want to get better at getting under the bar?

Hmmm how about practising getting under the bar...clean more, snatch more.

it sounds silly but practise the things you want to get good at...not something else that is close.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:45 AM   #13
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Re: Getting under bar

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You want to get better at getting under the bar?

Hmmm how about practising getting under the bar...clean more, snatch more.

it sounds silly but practise the things you want to get good at...not something else that is close.
No. The point of breaking the movement up is to remove some of the complex things that can screw up a lift before the actual getting under the bar part.

Absolutely nothing wrong with doing drills to improve parts of complex movements.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:25 AM   #14
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Re: Getting under bar

Agreed....but he says he wants to get better at getting under the bar.....I advised practising just that and the nearer he can get to practising it in a specific way, the better.

No getting round specificity.

If his form sucks for the rest of the movement then sure, break it down for a while
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:35 AM   #15
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Re: Getting under bar

That's the thing - most of the time when there's issues getting under the bar, there's something off in the pull anyway.

It's surprising how easy it is to pull yourself under the bar when that bar is in the right, most efficient place.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:40 PM   #16
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Re: Getting under bar

Yeah, it's a proven principle that it's best to learn how to tie your shoes while sky-diving.

SMH...

Breaking down any technique into smaller components to perfect each step can be beneficial. If you're 15% off on your grip, 15% off on your first pull, and 10% off on your second pull technique, you're a long damn ways out of whack before you get to the third pull of your snatch to get under the bar.

Take a look on youtube at california strength's videos on snatch technique:

California Strength How to: Olympic Weightlifting - the snatch, part 1 (WFS)

Very efficient and straight forward technique videos. Doesn't identify the different pulls specifically, but focuses on the biomechanics of the movement.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:44 AM   #17
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Re: Getting under bar

Was at Cal Strength recently, the technique works. I saw a lot of people get it pretty quick. Side note, I PR'd my snatch and clean on those sweet platforms. Nice to have some technique tweaks and the thrill of lifting there.

The biggest thing I took from my time there was so many failed attempts are a result of a poor set up.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:39 AM   #18
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Re: Getting under bar

Was working with an oly coach about a month ago and my issue was receiving the bar at higher weight. The problem stemmed from a combination of both bar path on the first pull and not fully finishing on the second pull. It was very helpful to have an experienced eye watching and critiquing my lifts.
I guess bottom-line, have someone look at your lifts. Either post a video of your lifts or find a coach.
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