Thursday, 16 August 2012

Upper body and snatch technique practice

I felt exhausted this morning because I woke up at 3:00am and couldn't get back to sleep. Consequently, I didn't have much energy and my concentration was practically non-existent. Bollocks.

Military presses
65 x 5
75 x 5
80 x 3, 3, 3


The photo on Tuesday's blog post was taken from a Facebook Olympic lifting group, hookgrip. They have some amazing sequential photos that demonstrate accomplished athletes in various stages of a lift. The ones of Zhang Wanqiong snatching 90kg shows that the bar travels in a perfectly straight vertical line from the floor to above her head, with her body leaning back slightly as the bar passes her hips. That means her arms remain straight and she doesn't push the bar above her. I tried my best to practice this technique at very light weights - broom handle, empty 45lb bar, then a 10lb bumper on each end - and I think I did ok by getting plenty of speed and power, until I tried to increase the weight. I simply couldn't maintain decent technique and started to press out. I then did a short routine, using light snatches that enabled me to continue to focus on decent form.

5 rft:
5 x hang power snatches @ 70lb
10 x dips
Time = 10:11

No spectacular results today, but I definitely feel I benefited from the snatch practice.


Paul French said...

keep trying to video your lifts, especially olympic lifts, sometimes going back and watching the videos can help with noticing form flaws.

Common Sense Design said...

Yesterday I was knackered, so that seriously affected my ability to perform well. I started the metcon with 80lb and struggled, even though I know I'm capable of at least that much weight.

I watched this video yesterday afternoon - - and it looks like a good practice technique I could be doing every day. I don't have a barbell at home, so I'll be in my office doing it with a hockey stick. I don't feel comfortable with overhead squats, though, so I might try a split snatch instead.

By the way, welcome back!

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