Improve your Snatch Technique with these Excellent Video Tutorials from Former Olympic Champion

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Aleksey Torokhtiy is a Ukrainian weightlifter. He won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men’s 105 kg category with a total of 412 kg. He finished in 11th place at the 2008 Olympics. Check out his simple and visually clean technique videos in order to improve your own technique.

SNATCH

The start position in the snatch is often ignored by many beginners because we only really know we have failed the snatch if it doesn’t make it above your head. If you do not start correctly, the bar path and your power can be severely handicapped. When you set up, check your feet, knees, hips and shoulders.

Firstly, start with your toes under the bar, if the bar starts far away, its stays far away. Pressure should be distributed on the balls of your feet to allow your legs to drive through the floor. Points your feet and knees slightly out, this will help the bar stay close without smashing into your knees.

Keep those hips down! Hips should always be lower than your shoulders, so make sure they are in your start position.

Shoulder must be over the bar to start this will allow you to produce that powerful hip extension when you move into the extension at the top of the lift.

POWER SNATCH

The power snatch can be used to train speed and force production in both the second and third pull by limiting the amount of time and distance the lifter has available to get under the bar. It can also be used as a lighter snatch variation for training days. The power snatch can also be useful as part of a learning progression for beginners, or as a variation for individuals who are not mobile enough to sit low enough into an overhead squat.

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More tips to help your olympic lifting:

5 Training Tips to Improve your Snatch Technique for Crossfitters

How to Reset Your Snatch Technique – Avoid The “Stripper Pull”

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.

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