Before a lift, you have all the time in the world to put your athlete in the correct stance. Once the athlete squeezes the bar off the ground, you’re out of the picture and the athlete has to find the receiving position on his or her own.
Ideally, the receiving position is the same every time, which will produce consistent mechanics required for successful lifts. In reality, athletes have trouble landing where they should, which changes the lift and often results in a miss.
The cure is in practice—perfect practice.
In this session, Coach Mike Burgener drills his athletes on footwork mechanics, dealing with donkey kicks, wide landings and all the other faults that can get in the way of a perfect Olympic lift. Once the proper landing position is ingrained in each athlete, he or she has a great foundation from which to receive the snatch, clean or push jerk, or to perform the back squat, front squat or overhead squat.
“Jump! Check your feet! Squat!”
Additional reading: Burg’s Eye View No. 2 by Mike Burgener, published Dec. 8, 2010.