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Old 11-25-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Chad Vaughn, U.S. Olympic weightlifter

How about some digital coaching from a great example? I really enjoyed these two clips where Chad talks through his thinking and positioning.

Snatch
Clean and jerk

Two points that really stood out to me are:
- how late the arm bend is when he snatches, and
- the way he straightens and rebends his knees during the pull on his clean.

On the snatch the bar hits the hip pocket and he doesn't bend his arms. He leans back, keeping the arms straight as the bar continues to travel upward. The arm bend comes when the bar is just below the ribs.

The knee re-bend turned on a light for me. That really helped me clear up an issue with my form.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Re: Chad Vaughn, U.S. Olympic weightlifter

We've seen Chad's videos during one of our Oly sessions at my box. They are great instructional tools. I agree in that it's pretty amazing how he hardly bends his elbows at all in the Snatch video, and my C&J cleaned up quite a bit when I started trying to throw my head back more during the jerk portion.

I'm also impressed that even in slo-mo, he shoots his *** down to the ground while catching on both lifts faster than some people do in real time!

My only question, is the arching in his back. It isn't over pronounced, but just comparing that, where he calls it "keeping tension in his back" compared to the "neutral spine" that Kelly Starrett has been talking about lately. Anyone else notice that, or am I just over-analyzing it?
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Re: Chad Vaughn, U.S. Olympic weightlifter

I also started throwing my head back for heavy jerks. It definitely makes bar path easy.

I can't speak too much on back position other than how it feels for me. I find that the more I turn the pelvis under and accentuate the lumbar curve, the stronger and more comfortable I feel in these positions. That would put me more in agreement with Chad's positioning and less of a neutral spine encouraged by Kelly.
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