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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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Thread: Snatch Cririque

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    Chubbs McGee Auburn's Avatar
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    Snatch Critique

    All right boys, any eyes see something that I missed?

    Issues that I see:

    1.Back Strength, hips rise a little more than I'd like off the floor. I don't think this is a positioning issue, I think I'm just weak in that position. Also might need to arch a little harder during the lift.
    2. I feel like I need to bring the bar back a little more when I break it from the floor.
    3. Need to keep the bar closer on the turnaround.
    4. Good God, my pull under is slow. Maybe because I don't stay over the bar long enough? Not sure. The fact that I've gotten crazy fat probably doesn't help.
    Last edited by Auburn; 10-25-2009 at 01:47 PM.

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    Can you get a side view?

    -It looks like you could be over the bar more
    -More back arch
    -Catch it in a much deeper squat, yours looks pretty shallow.

    Hard to tell so these two are merely speculative
    - Are your lats flexed during the pull?
    - Are you curling your hands over the bar and pointing your elbows out?

    Other than that, real clean lift. Nice work man! 100kg snatch is a fantastic achievement!!!
    Last edited by ZenMonkey; 10-25-2009 at 01:46 PM.

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    Chubbs McGee Auburn's Avatar
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    Thanks, man. I'll try to get a side shot next time.

    Over the bar more -

    This has been the largest change to my lifting lately. For whatever reason, it's been a great help to me to have a more upright pull. My squat is down considerably, but my competition lifts keep going up and the only real change that I can attribute it to is the new pulling posture. I'm hesitant to get back into the higher-hipped position.

    Back arch -

    Definitely. I'm in a very good position when I'm setting up, but I lose some lower back arch when I bring the shoulders over the bar. In the past, I would lose some upper arch during the beginning of the second pull of the clean, so it's probably just a weakness in general.

    Squat depth -

    I've thought about this previously. In my current stance, my hamstrings come into contact with my calves at the bottom of the squat. Even if I let my back round and get into poor posture, I'm not getting lower in that position. I'm still debating if I want to work on going wider and the strain it'll place on the knees and hips.

    Lats flexed -

    In general, they are kept tight. On this particular lift, I couldn't tell you. I was just thinking about pulling the bar well.

    Wrists curled, elbows pointed out - Elbows are out, but I don't really curl the wrists anymore. I'll try to think about that more next time and see what happens.

    Also, can someone edit the title since I can't spell 'Critique'?

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    The snatch is too hairy. Shave the snatch.
    Age: 18
    Height: 5'10
    Weight: 205

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    Thus I Refute Thee !!!! Bodyguard's Avatar
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    Hey Auburn, your from Auburn? Like war eagle, go tigers, bama sucks type Auburn. Like, I still believe we can beat bama Auburn. Like bring back the Tubs even though Gene ant doing so bad Auburn. Wow me too.
    Age: 18
    Height: 6'1
    Weight: 238

    All lifts are raw:

    Bench: 325(max)
    Squat: 510(max)
    Dead lift: 500(max)

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    Chubbs McGee Auburn's Avatar
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    Good job, internet. You produced two winners.

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