Learn to Snatch By Harvey Newton

Weightlifting’s snatch lift (squat, split, or power styles) requires a good deal of proper technique. Many athletes try to simply tear the weight off the floor and swing it overhead with raw strength. That’s OK, it might even pass in competition, but this is NOT the way to lift maximum weights.

SportsEdTV has set up a simple, easy-to-follow lesson plan to help you learn to snatch. Our lesson sequence focuses on learning to power snatch, the easiest style to master.  After some months of training, you can slowly work in the squat or split style.

Study snatch technique details before attempting a snatch.

HOW TO SNATCH VIDEO (CLICK)

how to snatch

In order to optimize performance, it’s important to learn good technique early (before too many bad habits are formed), easily (with light weights), and consistently. After the solid technique has been mastered a lifter can then begin to lift bigger weights.

As a first step toward learning to squat snatch be sure you can safely perform the overhead squat exercise.

OVERHEAD SQUAT VIDEO (CLICK)

If the overhead squat is difficult, do not attempt a squat style snatch. Focus instead on learning either a split snatch

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SPLIT SNATCH VIDEO (CLICK)

split snatch overview

or stay with a power snatch style.

After several training sessions where you become comfortable in the overhead squat, next take time to practice dropping a dowel or PVC from the bottom position. Everyone eventually loses a snatch, either because of balance or a misdirected barbell. Learn safely how to drop a lightweight before progressing.

SAFELY DROP A SNATCH VIDEO (CLICK)

safely drop a snatch

The best way to learn to snatch is with a top-down methodology. Start by learning the most explosive “2nd Pull” first, then the more complicated “Transition,” and finally, the “”1st Pull.”

Ready? Let’s get started!

If your gym facility has what is called pulling, or lifting blocks, we suggest you start like this:

SNATCH PULL (HIGH BLOCKS) VIDEO (CLICK)

Snatch pull high blocks

If you do not have access to blocks, learn to snatch by lifting “from the hang.”

 SNATCH PULL HIGH HANG (NO BLOCKS) VIDEO  (CLICK)

snatch pull high hang

After you can consistently maintain a balanced, triple extended position you’re ready to move to a full power snatch from this high block or hang position. With blocks, start in exactly the same position as the previous lesson:

POWER SNATCH (HIGH BLOCKS) VIDEO  (CLICK)

power snatch

Without blocks, you again take up the same position. Focus on pushing the bar overhead with your lower body.

POWER SNATCH, HIGH HANG (NO BLOCKS) VIDEO (CLICK)

power snatch high hang

You are encouraged to take several weeks learning to power snatch from the high blocks. As you become familiar with the positions and are more consistent it is time to tackle the Transition phase. This is probably the most difficult stage to learn, so don’t rush things.

If you have blocks, lower them so the bar is now just below your kneecaps. Pay attention to the changes in body position needed in order to return to your previously learned high block position.

SNATCH PULL (LOW BLOCKS) VIDEO (CLICK)

snatch pull low blocks

If you’re not using blocks here’s the same exercise from the low hang:

SNATCH PULL, LOW HANG (NO BLOCKS) VIDEO (CLICK)

snatch pull no blocks

As the snatch pull from the low blocks or low hang becomes consistent, move now to a full power snatch from this same position.

POWER SNATCH (LOW BLOCKS) VIDEO (CLICK)

power snatch low blocks

Without blocks, it looks like this:

POWER SNATCH, LOW HANG (NO BLOCKS) VIDEO (CLICK)

power snatch low hang no blocks

After several more weeks (or months) practicing the power snatch from a position around the knees you are ready to lift from the platform. It’s a good idea to practice setting up and lifting only to the knees (hold for 2 seconds), and return. This is the 1st pull, not shown in the videos, but well worth practicing a few times. Again, look at changes in body positions when lifting from the platform.

Start slowly, don’t try to lift too quickly at first. Eventually, you will perform the snatch (from lift-off to lockout) in less than 1 second. But, if you try to go too fast from the platform you may miss some of the key positions you have already mastered in the top-down method we have used. (You’ll see here 2 different clips featuring 2 lifters performing the power snatch.

POWER SNATCH (FLOOR) VIDEO (CLICK)

power snatch floor

POWER SNATCH (FLOOR) W VIDEO (CLICK)

power snatch floor w

There you have it, well done. Take your time, learn each stage consistently, and you will be ready to train and compete in the challenging, but exciting snatch lift!

By |2019-02-21T18:36:57+00:00January 10th, 2019|Weightlifting|0 Comments

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