At about 180 lb., James Hobart can snatch over 220 lb. He’s clearly a great athlete who’s ready for very specific criticism of his technique—and Olympic lifting expert Mike Burgener is ready to provide it.
But rather than overload Hobart with endless minutia, Coach B keeps it very simple during a recent snatch session. His main concern: Hobart’s bottom position. The athlete’s shoes contribute to some instability at the bottom of the overhead squat, and things get more wobbly because Hobart rolls forward onto his toes and swings his hips back to initiate the drive out of the bottom.
Burgener’s recommendation? A steady diet of snatch balances followed by overhead squats with a focus on driving through the heels and keeping the torso vertical. Given Hobart’s athleticism and power, the owner of Mike’s Gym believes the young athlete will be fully capable of snatching 275 lb. within a year if he improves his bottom position.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Assistance Sequence for the Snatch by Mike Burgener and Tony Budding, published Sept. 1, 2007.