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Old 09-22-2007, 07:56 AM   #1
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Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

I wanted to try 30 C&J's today with 65 pounds. I guess my question is actually for all lifts where the weight starts on the floor and is lifted up. Does using a lower weight than two 45# plates effect the exercise? If I was to do 30 C&J's with my oly bar and two 10# weights the bar would be much lower to the ground than if I was using my 45# plates. Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:35 AM   #2
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

Actually, I think using the smaller plates (and thus squatting down further) may result in you bending over more and putting more stress on your lower back than you might want. I usually hold the bar up a little, about to where it would be with normal size plates, and do the oly lift from there. But I'm far from a professional lifting coach so if someone more knowledgeable come in here and says different listen to them.
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:40 AM   #3
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

You can stack some plates or books underneath to raise the height.
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Old 09-22-2007, 02:54 PM   #4
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

I have had success using cheapo jack stands from Wal Mart. Around 10 bucks.
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:18 AM   #5
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

I don't know if this is right or not, but I usually start in the hang position and lower it down to the correct height, then explode out.
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:36 PM   #6
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

IMO, it's O.K. to just start from the hang position and lower to ~where it would be with "the big ones" on. Yes, it would be better to stack something under the bar, but with low weights there's less of a risk hurting yourself. That goes for the athletic person going for more of a MetCon workout. If you are going to be lifting lower weights for a long while (some women, anyone with injuries), it would be better to stack the weight off the ground.
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:29 PM   #7
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

You'll be fine.

Do some extra strength training to get yourself to perform Rx'ed versions of the WOD's. Makes life that much easier....or harder?

Look into ME Black Box by Coach Ruth.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:04 PM   #8
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Re: Clean and Jerk & Snatch - Question

You might want to consider cutting some plywood into the same size as your larger plates. Drill out some holes in the middle that are the same diameter as the holes in the plates and throw them on. I have mine and they work great with lighter weights when you have small plates on the bar. This allows you to lift from the ground as you would if you had larger plates on the bar.
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