Uppercut, Don’t Jab Your Snatch for a Strong Finish Position
Video by Jared Enderton

Do you find yourself chasing the barbell forward on your snatch? Or maybe you feel that based on your strength and explosive power in other movements that you should be snatching more weight than you are?

Most people who have done any amount of Olympic lifting know that there are numerous things that could go wrong in a snatch. There are many points of technique and timing to focus on and even more cues to fix them. Here’s another way to think about the finish – or triple extension – of your snatch.

Brush Up, Don’t Bang Out
Written by Sage Burgener

In our sport, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the hips and what their exact role is in our lifts.

It is very common for people to be hip dominant lifters. They think that in order to create acceleration on the bar, they need to BANG the bar off their hips.

While there is absolutely contact of the barbell and the hips, we want to think about the contact being more of a BRUSH UP rather than a BANG OUT.

Brush Up, Don’t Bang Out
Written by Sage Burgener

In our sport, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the hips and what their exact role is in our lifts.

It is very common for people to be hip dominant lifters. They think that in order to create acceleration on the bar, they need to BANG the bar off their hips.

While there is absolutely contact of the barbell and the hips, we want to think about the contact being more of a BRUSH UP rather than a BANG OUT.

Rules of Thumb for Scaling Weight on Your Barbell in Metcons
Written by Michele Vieux

There are a couple rules of thumb when scaling weight for metcons. But before getting into those, I just want to put it out there that if you still learning movements – especially Olympic lifting – or are focusing on technique, then doing them for time usually isn’t the best idea because all that you’ve learned and the technique that you’re practicing goes out the window when you are racing the clock.

If this sounds like you, then I’d recommend doing your Oly work in Part A or in warm-ups for skill work so that you can take the time to focus on proper technique and mechanics.