Chad Vaughn, a two-time Olympian and member of Team Again Faster, offers some Olympic-lifting tips to Games competitors at the Again Faster Summit. His athletes include top women in the 2010 Games, such as Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jessica Pamanian, Michelle Kinney and Heather Bergeron, as well as 2011 Games hopefuls such as Kevin Montoya.
Vaughn’s first concern is the snatch set-up. He widens stances and grips to create more efficiency in the lifts. To find the correct width of grip, Vaughn has Kinney hold the bar in a high-hang position.
“Bend over—there’s a perfect little pocket there. If you hit any lower than that, you’re going to go against the leg, and it’s going to cause it to go way out and around, so it’s very inefficient,” he says.
Vaughn also fine-tunes Kevin Montoya’s back position on the set-up.
“Your back was pretty much parallel to the floor. What does that mean? When you lift that bar from the floor, all that weight is on that back and not the legs. You’ve got to get the butt down a little bit to get a better distribution on the legs between the legs and the back,” he says.
To keep Montoya from lifting his hips too early, Vaughn has him slow down the lift.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Burg’s Eye View No. 1 by Mike Burgener, published Nov. 3, 2010.