Chad K. Park's Blog

29, July 2012

Heavy snatch

Filed under: Uncategorized — chadkpark @ 9:23 am

Holy crap.  Olympic lifting.  The snatch has to be the greatest lift every invented.  Bar none.  I mean, if you’re looking to get fit, then deadlift.  It’s good for you.  If you’re trying to get big shoulders then do some pressing movements (make sure to balance with pulling).  But the snatch has all that.  It’s a deadlift, a jump, a shrug, a pull, a press and an overhead squat all in one.  And there’s guts involved.  There’s timing and speed and skill and mental ability.  What causes my current crisis of commentary?  Catching up on old crossfit videos.  On 13 April 2012 daughter of Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener, Natalie, works her way up to a 175# snatch.  Holy moley.  I had to hit pause a number of times.  Her set up is awesome.  She gets fully open hips just as she starts to shrug and her catch is *so* fast.  For the record, my best is 103#.

I know there are people who lift more and videos that show Olympians on the platform doing their utmost.  But this vid has the commentary and a lot of reps.  If you’re at all interested in explosive strength or just overall conditioning, I would recommend finding a coach who can teach you to snatch.

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