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Common Errors in the Snatch

By Sean | In Olympic Weightlifting | on September 30, 2013


Ruth and I had the pleasure of meeting Chad Wesley Smith at a CrossFit Powerlifting Cert a while back and have been following his Juggernaut Training Systems (JTS) site. On his JTSstrength.com site, he posts all kinds of relevant material to performance athletes like powerlifters, olympic weightlifters, strongmen, and even CrossFitters. Recently Colin Burns, a JTS olympic lifting coach/athlete, posted a video addressing some of the common errors in the snatch. I thought Colin hit the nail on the head and working with athletes of all levels and abilities myself, I too can say that these are areas we constantly drill to maximize efficiency and long term progress. He provides a brief but informative look at three errors in the video below:

Remember, we are holding our first Olympic Weightlifting competition in the “new” gym on Saturday, Dec 7th. When it comes to the snatch and clean & jerk, practice is key. If you haven’t taken advantage of your free Barbell class I encourage you to contact Ruth or I and get some extra work in. Barbell classes are offered on Monday mornings, Tuesday mornings and evenings, Thursday morning and evenings, and Saturday mornings. Even one extra session a week goes a long way at improving your confidence and performance no matter what your goals are. For those that have come, I hope you continue working on your homework and get some extra practice before or after your CrossFit workouts. If you’re looking for more individualized training, contact us for a 1-on-1, 1-on-2, or 1-on-3 training and we can make it happen. I’m looking forward to the Dec 7th competition and hope to get more details out as the date approaches. As for now, keep training hard and focus on improving each and every day.

WOD 9.30.13

Back Squat 3×5 or Wendler

Russian Kettlebell Swings

One Comment to "Common Errors in the Snatch"

  • Ruth says:

    September 30, 2013 at 9:53 PM -

    For anyone interested, the JTS team will be hosting a seminar at CrossFit Tustin on Oct 12-13. The weekend seminar will cover all sorts of topics from powerlifting, weightlifting, mobility, CrossFit, programming, etc. at $250 this is a great deal as far as seminars go these days. Learn more and register using this link: http://teamjts.bigcartel.com/product/become-unstoppable-seminar

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