Olympic lifters and CrossFitters around the world would gladly do 10 rounds of Fight Gone Bad for an opportunity to work one-on-one with Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener. At a recent certification, Nadia Shatila and Dave Lipson had such an opportunity.
As an HQ trainer, Shatila regularly teaches new CrossFitters the snatch but doesn’t always get the opportunity to work on her own lift. Lipson (215 lb., 6’0”) can move large loads like no other (think deadlift well over 650 lb. and a 335-lb. overhead squat), but his best snatch is 220 lb.
Breaking things down, Burg identifies a few problems and recommends snatch balances to remedy them right off the bat. Drilling basics such as grip width and landing position first, Coach B then has the athletes working hard to push themselves under the bar to receive the load overhead.
Part 1: 8min 13sec
Additional reading: 12 Tips for Coaching O-Lifts in the CrossFit Box by Bob Takano, published July 26, 2010.