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Old 06-26-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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115# Power Snatch from blocks

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First time snatching from blocks...pulls felt good but the catch felt a little off. Let me know what y'all think!
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

Looks fine for a power snatch, but if youre going to go to the effort to do it from blocks, just do it to a squat.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

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Looks fine for a power snatch, but if youre going to go to the effort to do it from blocks, just do it to a squat.
Thanks, I did full squats in my warm ups but this was my first time pulling from blocks and my coach wanted power snatches. Will definitely be doing full snatches next time!
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

That's good. It actually does look pretty solid from what I can see. I'm just not a huge fan of the power snatch in general.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

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That's good. It actually does look pretty solid from what I can see. I'm just not a huge fan of the power snatch in general.
How come?
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:02 PM   #6
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

Because I see it far too many times turn into a grip and rip, starfish, and/or press-out.

This is just in general, and not an indictment of your technique, which again looks really good, OP. It's just what I've noticed in my short time of experience, and which also might be a symptom of the inexperienced coaching at my affiliate. Which is why I'm going to join an actual weightlifting gym team for 6 months or so.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

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How come?
“The Power Snatch is half the movement. It gives someone with a sh**ty pull and a sh**ty finish, the ability to continue to be sh**ty at Snatching, while moving a relatively heavy load to overhead with the sh**tiest, most useless possible technique. It allows under-developed lifters to feel good about themselves, while remaining under-developed, and only practicing the pulling portion of the lift. My best lifters—at the Snatch—look the exact same with an empty barbell as they do with 150kg. The Power Snatch is good for de-loading, or practicing the pull, but it should never be a lifters default choice.” – Glenn Pendlay

Though this is CF so a certain amount of power snatching will be required. However if you want to get good at Oly lifting then listen to that Pendlay guy.
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

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Because I see it far too many times turn into a grip and rip, starfish, and/or press-out.

This is just in general, and not an indictment of your technique, which again looks really good, OP. It's just what I've noticed in my short time of experience, and which also might be a symptom of the inexperienced coaching at my affiliate. Which is why I'm going to join an actual weightlifting gym team for 6 months or so.
To me that says more about the lifter than the actual lift itself.

And to Dustin, I'm sure there are other coaches who like the power snatch, that was one opinion. Sure full snatches should be performed, but what if you aren't interested in ever competing in a weightlifting event but still like oly lifting, should you rarely perform the power snatch?
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

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Because I see it far too many times turn into a grip and rip, starfish, and/or press-out.

This is just in general, and not an indictment of your technique, which again looks really good, OP. It's just what I've noticed in my short time of experience, and which also might be a symptom of the inexperienced coaching at my affiliate. Which is why I'm going to join an actual weightlifting gym team for 6 months or so.
I'm going to extend that logic and not be a fan of anything on earth. Every aspect of life is abused by humans. Recognize things for their use, don't dismiss them due to their misuse.

As for OP, you're pressing a 115# snatch out... You shouldn't be snatching from the blocks if you can't even stick a 115# power snatch. Your turnover speed is like molasses and your overhead position is awkwardly upright. It's like you can't put your head past your shoulders. Get some thoracic flexibility work done.
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Re: 115# Power Snatch from blocks

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To me that says more about the lifter than the actual lift itself.

And to Dustin, I'm sure there are other coaches who like the power snatch, that was one opinion. Sure full snatches should be performed, but what if you aren't interested in ever competing in a weightlifting event but still like oly lifting, should you rarely perform the power snatch?
Well that "one" opinion isn't just from random CF coach who just finished their L1 Cert. However I see your point.
But I'd still tend to agree that if you have any interest in Oly lifting outside of what will be done in CF workouts then avoid power snatching (except for accessory work). Sure there coaches who program it but I'd bet you'd be hard pressed to find a legitimate Oly coach who advocates working on power snatching before learning how to pull and catch properly. I could be wrong though
If the only snatching you do is during CF workouts then do whatever works best because outside of the occasional snatch ladder you won't see snatches programmed at any signifcant weight in CF.
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