December 12, 2010
Join HQ trainers E.C. Synkowski and Chris Spealler as they continue to show athletes and coaches how to teach the snatch to a large group.
In Part 2, Synkowski drills position transitions from mid-shin to mid-thigh to the jump, emphasizing that the athlete needs to remain over the bar as long as possible before the jump. She spends plenty of time on the set-up for the first pull and circles up the group to address and fix faults.
Synkowski suggests slowing the athletes down to fix positional faults before the jump.
“Anybody could go fast off the ground as long as they keep their position,” Synkowski says. “But for most people when they’re learning, they want to rocket: lift their hips too fast, chest too fast. They just want to go fast out of the bottom, and so I try to say, ‘Slow, slow, slow to mid-thigh and then we jump like hell.’ Does that make sense?”
It does, indeed.
Additional reading: Learning How to Do Full Snatches by Bill Starr, published Jan. 13, 2010.