In this video by CrossFit By Overload, Coach Mike Burgener tells Tony Budding that every coach has to look for three components in every lift: stance, grip and position. Coach Burgener goes on to illustrate the point in a session on snatching from the mid-thigh with two of the top contenders in the 2009 Games: Jason Khalipa and Jocelyn Forest.
Jocelyn has been CrossFitting for less than a year, but has great speed. Coach Burgener says the goal of the elbows high and outside drill is to ensure the bar is kept close to the body in the actual lift. The bar should be pulled down and into an overhead squat position. The shoulders lead and the arms follow. It’s also important to stay over the bar as long as you can before the jump.
“Position is everything for you,” Coach Burgener tells Jason Khalipa. He uses the cue “shoulders finish” several times to get Jason to properly pull himself into the squat.