Instructional Snatch Videos

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ET member, and weightlifting coach, Manuel (aka GqArtGuy) has been gracious enough to have made some Olympic weightlifting videos and allowed us to put them on the site. He already posted them here but I figured that get a little more notice and open up more discussion if I posted on the blog.

Most of us around these parts know and fully understand the value of Olympic weightlifting for track and field athletes. Given this and our recent heated discussion on the role of technique in the Olympic lifts when training non-Olympic lifters the videos make a nice addition and learning tool. This is different from the teaching progression I use but I know several other coaches who’ve used similar progressions. How do you teach the snatch?

Before viewing the vids, please read this disclaimer from Manuel:

DISCLAIMER: This is part of a series of drills to help troubleshoot some popular beginner mistakes in the snatch. The approach used is based on my synthesis from various coaches Ive worked with or read about. This video and the series is NOT meant to be an all encompassing layout of the olympic lifts, its just an evolving teaching tool and I may do more vids as ideas come to me or if there are any requests. Again, there are many combo movements and other movements that I did not cover for now.

THIS IS ONLY ONE WAY OF DOING THINGS AND THERE ARE MANY WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS TYPE OF APPROACH AND HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH OTHER METHODS, SO DO EXPERIMENT AND DO STILL WORK WITH A QUALIFIED COACH THAT ADDRESSES YOUR NEEDS.

Part 1: Setting Up for the Snatch


Part 2: Dead Hang Snatch
Part 3: Snatch Balance/Drop Snatch
Part 4: Pulling Sequence From Above the Knee
Part 5: Pulling From Above the Knee
Part 6: Pulling Sequence From the Floor
Part 7: Eccentric Pulling
Part 8: Accessory Pulls
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