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    Hey All,

    Just wanted to share a quick training video.

    100 24kg KB snatches - RKC Snatch Test 5/12 - YouTube

    The 5 minute test is a beast! Pay your dues in heavy swings, grip work, and most importantly - technique.
    My form is far from ideal but this represents some major personal progress.
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    That's not at all bad!
    All the best!

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    • #3
      Good technique. It is interesting to compare different form on youtube.

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      • #4
        Good job.

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        • #5
          I tried these snatches today, whew, harder than it looks! Is my back supposed to stay straight, with a slight bending of the knees? I ended up doing a slight squat- should I have held position?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rasputina View Post
            I tried these snatches today, whew, harder than it looks! Is my back supposed to stay straight, with a slight bending of the knees? I ended up doing a slight squat- should I have held position?
            I'd advise against snatching for a while until you have heavy swings down pat. Snatching has a bad risk vs. reward for beginners and even I rarely train them (this particular training was for the RKC certification).

            That said, the back always stays straight and neutral in KB moves. Think hip hinge instead of squat.

            In lieu of snatching, press and lock your KB overhead and go for a walk. Great for shoulder stability/strength/endurance!
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            • #7
              You are a stud..... Looked good. How are your hands, from the video looks like you are gripping that bell to death. I have been doign the Viking Warrior snatches and tore my hands to shreads. Did a lot of looking around on snatches and blisters and found I was gripping the bell really wrong. Switched grips and my hands did much better last time around.....
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              • #8
                Awesome! Your form definitely wasn't horrible. It reminds me that I need to get back into my Snatch training...

                I use cotton gloves with the fingers cut off for my snatches...it doesn't look all that cool, but it spares my hands and allows me to maintain control.
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                • #9
                  Thanks guys!

                  TorMag,
                  It certainly looks that way, but my grip was pretty light - the handle is thick and my hands are small. I should have kept my fingers open at the top the whole time (like I did by the middle/end) but I think it took a while to actually get comfortable with the feel of that set.

                  I too had to work on grip technique (specifically drop & catch) for a while and occasionally wear a "sock glove" over the callouses when things get hairy.
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                  • #10
                    I have been wearing the gloves with the fingers cut off also. Didn't stop me from the blisters. I was gripping the bell with a death grip. Now I am letting it drop into the palm at the top and going with the hook grip on the way down, much better on the hands... Still going to wear the gloves...
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                    • #11
                      rockclimbing chalk helps with the hands. I was sceptical but it does.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Danielfire View Post
                        rockclimbing chalk helps with the hands. I was sceptical but it does.
                        I read somewhere online not to use chalk as chalk is supposed to improve your grip, helps to keep from slipping, so it will create more friction.... Just what I read, I have no personal reference.....
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                        • #13
                          Hi.

                          TorMag, that's my experience. I consistently use chalk and its great for maintaining grip, but I get the feeling that it may increase rather than reduce the incidence of callouses. As I say, that is my experience; I don't really have any frame of reference for training without chalk.

                          Great pic, by the way. Its Grizzly Adams, isn't it?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pdjesson View Post
                            Hi.

                            TorMag, that's my experience. I consistently use chalk and its great for maintaining grip, but I get the feeling that it may increase rather than reduce the incidence of callouses. As I say, that is my experience; I don't really have any frame of reference for training without chalk.

                            Great pic, by the way. Its Grizzly Adams, isn't it?

                            Peace
                            Yeah, that is what I read about using chalk. Just did my VW snatches for the day, tore off a callouse that I had from my previous bad grip. Good thing I don't do snatches again until Saturday, gives my hand a chance to heal.....

                            Yep, Grizzly Adams, loved that show as a kid. A couple of buddies at work flip me crap about the whole Paleo/Primal thing, they jokingly call my Grizzly Adams, I just smile and take it as a compliment.
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