Nichols competed at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games with his team after he put on a lifting show in the thruster event at the NorCal Regional. In this video, he works on his snatch in order to improve a wide landing position.
“Throwing those feet out there like that is just totally inefficient,” Burgener says.
Burgener has Nichols find his footing on overhead squatting and outlines his feet in chalk. After a snatch balance, Nichols notices that he jumps even wider and says it hurts his knee in that position. To find better footing, Nichols practices jumping into the narrower overhead-squat outlines.
“That feels better,” he says.
Not only does the wider position physically hurt Nichols, but Burgener says it also takes more time to get out there and is less stable than landing in proper position. The master has Nichols practice overhead squats and snatch balances, working up in weight and only counting those lifts with the correct landing position.
Additional reading: The Man Behind the 325-Pound Thruster.