How to Become a Snatch Master


How to Become a Snatch Master


“How much do you snatch?  How much do you power snatch?  If you don’t know the difference between the two, I’m guessing you can power snatch more than you snatch.  A snatch to a lot of CrossFitters is a squat snatch.  A power snatch is any snatch that you receive above parallel.  A lot of people in the CrossFit community can power snatch more than they snatch.  Some of the reasons for this are that athletes are scared/hesitate on receiving weight overhead in a full squat, they are slow underneath the bar, or they press the weight up overhead.  In this blog post, you will learn ways to increase your speed under the bar and start feeling comfortable with weight overhead in a squat.

First things first, NEVER power snatch on the platform again.  If you want to become a better snatcher, you need to start snatching.  If you practice power snatches, it’s likely that your body will get used to the movement pattern and slow your progress in performing a proper snatch. So when you’re practicing your lifting on the platforms, pull yourself under the barbell and receive the barbell in a full squat. Save your power snatches for light weight, timed workouts, but NEVER do power snatches on the platform again.

How do you become faster under the bar?  Heavy high hang snatches are a great developer of speed under the barbell.  Everyone has a weight limit on how much they can lift with their arms.  Once you reach that weight limit, you are going to have to learn how to pull your body down under the bar, or you are just going to be stuck doing the same weight for the rest of your life.  When performing these high hang snatches, you have to make sure that you hit your finish/2nd pull/jump viciously, so you create speed on the bar (making the bar become weightless).  During that weightlessness you are aggressively pulling yourself under the bar.  You must create that weightlessness because I’m pretty sure no one can just drop under 200+ pounds.  Performing snatches from mid thigh/launch position will also help with your speed under the bar, and athletes will be able to use more weight because of their engagement of the hamstrings.” Continued…