One of the things Ruth posted on yesterday was learning the proper start and power positions for the snatch and clean and jerk at the USA Weightlifting cert. In simplistic terms we’ve explained the movements as a speedy deadlift to front squat or a wide-grip deadlift into an overhead squat, and that is not too far off for beginners. However, as we become more familiar and intimate with the movements we see that it’s not quite that easy. These lifts aren’t an Olympic sport for nothing, and people work on perfecting their lifts their entire lives.
For some of you in my morning classes we’ve talked about how the optimal bar path should look, as explained by Olympian and OlyAthlete.com founder Chad Vaughn above. I recently came across this video from Iron Maven that further reinforces the idea of the optimal bar path.
For those of you who came to the Nomad Weightlifting Classic the weekend before last, you may recognize Stacey, the first lifter in the video, from the meet!
Bench Press 3×5
4 Handstand Pushups
8 Box Jumps
4 Power Snatches
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