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  • #16
    I have come to learn that the 2 main oly lifts, the clean and snatch, are nearly works of art when actually perfected. I think anyone that goes in with "learn to power snatch in 3 hours" is kidding themselves.
    This, x1000. These are incredibly complex moves. Come back after a year of practice and then we'll talk.

    I got the clean down pretty early on and it's definitely my best lift by far--and as such, I've made great progress with how heavy I can go. But my split jerk is still pretty lame (I get the weight locked out overhead, but my lunge is terrible), and my snatch? Forget it. I can power snatch 100lb, but if you asked me to do a full snatch with an empty women's bar (35lb), I'd fall on my ass, illustrating that strength is rarely the limiting factor in Oly lifts. They're ridiculously complicated moves and if your form isn't 100% you're not gonna land it. I liken the Oly lifts to tumbling runs in gymnastics. There's so much you have to remember and so much that has to go exactly right for you to successfully pull it off.

    Give it time and practice, practice, practice. One day a certain part of the move will just click into place, and then another, and then another. But you have to practice A LOT.

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    • #17
      Take a look at this... sheer poetry in motion. Plus, it's a great study guide!

      CrossFit - Chad Vaughn, 285 pound Snatch - YouTube

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      • #18
        Look Coach Burgener up on youtube, especially the Burgener warmup.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Goldie View Post
          Take a look at this... sheer poetry in motion. Plus, it's a great study guide!

          CrossFit - Chad Vaughn, 285 pound Snatch - YouTube
          That's amazing. Poetry in motion indeed! Look at how close he keeps the bar the whole time. I never seem to be able to move my knees out of the way in time (I've hit my knee with the bar a bunch of times). I'm just uncoordinated like that.

          Actually, I have trouble just getting into the proper starting position. It's such an uncomfortable position to be in that I get tired just being in that position.

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          • #20
            Wow! Thanks SO much for all the amazing replies. Lots of you said things my coach told me, but I suppose I needed reassurance that he wasn't try to make me feel better. Ha. I'm 45 and know my age (general creakiness and lack of fitness - I'm semi-fit) and total inexperience with all these moves makes the whole CF thing daunting, but I'm pretty determined to give it my best shot.

            One thing several of you explained that makes me feel much better is that the Oly lifts are very complex -- I didn't get that at all and just thought I was pure clutz. My coach demo'ing them and showing me the progressions just made it look so easy, and I got frustrated when I couldn't put it together. Today I finished by last intro class (2 of which were 1x1 and very helpful) and tomorrow start the WODs. I know I am going to have to scale a LOT and on certain things I just suck. I'm going to look at that optimistically -- lots of room for improvement!

            Thanks for sharing experiences, clarifying, and awesome advice. And, that video... DAMN! My coach showed me the same one too... unreal!
            Last edited by Angieh; 07-15-2013, 08:18 PM.
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