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Reviewing the Snatch by Mike Burgener - CrossFit Journal

Reviewing the Snatch

By Mike Burgener

In Olympic Lifts, Videos

August 30, 2009

Video Article

Coach Mike Burgener of Mike’s Gym reviews the key points of the snatch during an Olympic Lifting Certification held March 7-8, 2009, at CrossFit Old Town in Alexandria, Va.

Coach B’s instructions: when lifting the bar from the floor, keep a constant back angle while getting the knees out of the way. The whole purpose of the first part of the lift is to get to the ideal jumping position at mid-thigh, and if you change the back angle too soon you remove the opportunity for a powerful jump and successful lift.

With correct mechanics off the floor, you’ll reach mid-thigh in the right position for a re-bending of the knees during an aggressive jump that uses an “eccentric pattern” as you explode and drive the bar upward.

Video by Again Faster.

6min 59sec

Additional reading: Supplemental Olympic Lifting for CrossFitters by Mike Burgener and Tony Budding, published Dec. 1, 2007.

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7 Comments on “Reviewing the Snatch”


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Excellent visuals and memory makers! Thanks Coach!


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Yes! Superb coaching points on maintaining the angle of the back through most of the movement, and on combining strength, precision, and technique. Extremely helpful, Coach Mike.

Keep it coming Again Faster crew.


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man, I love this guy. Such an amazing coach.


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Love it coach!!


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Awesome instruction. Made it simple!


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Man, did I need to hear that explained like that. I've been struggling with trying to put the lift from the ground together with the "jump." I've been trying to jump without re-bending, and it just didn't work. Of course, I was also standing up too soon, but this really really helps me understand the lift better. Thanks Coach!


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