Assistance Sequence for the Snatch

By Mike Burgener with Tony Budding

In Olympic Lifts

September 01, 2007

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Over the past twelve months, we've described a complete set of progressions and skill transfer exercises for teaching and developing the snatch and clean and jerk. They can be used in order to learn the movements, or they can be used at any point in an athlete's progress to refine a skill or strengthen a weakness. In this and the following months, we'll talk about specific issues lifters often face and how to use and combine some of the moves we've discussed to help resolve those issues.

This month, we describe a sequence that helps address one of the most vexing issues for many athletes: strength and stability in the receiving position of the full snatch (i.e., squat snatch). Most athletes--and CrossFitters especially--have greater trouble with receiving the barbell in the bottom of the overhead squat than they do with generating the necessary momentum and elevation on the barbell to get it up overhead.

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