Two-time Olympian and coach Chad Vaughn and fellow Olympian and American record holder Kendrick Farris recently held an invitational training session. Vaughn explains that he handpicked the athletes from ones he had worked with in the past.
“We want them to be inside of a high-level training environment, weightlifting training environment, that otherwise they may not be exposed to,” he says.
The purpose is not only to teach the athletes, but also to allow them to watch and learn from Vaughn and Farris as training partners.
Vaughn says today’s focus for the athletes is “simplification of your focus.”
“I just want you to be as tight as you possibly can from the floor and then aggressive—that’s how you’re gonna lift the most weight today,” he says.
Vaughn and Farris have different styles to share, but according to Vaughn, “In the beginning we want to teach you positions that are going to allow you to use the part of your body that you need to use.”
The two coaches work with the athletes and share cues and technique advice to help develop the snatch.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Burg’s Eye View No. 1 by Mike Burgener, published Nov. 3, 2010.