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    One arm Barbell Snatch craziness.

    Saw this on Youtube, and i was amazed!
    The technique and strength involved here is incredible!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBH0fT2R21c
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    One-Arm Snatches rock. They are one of my favorite lifts. My current PR is 125 lbs (~57 kg), so I'm not too far off from that guy. His look near perfect, though.
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    His form is great, nice find.

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    I've never seen those before. I almost pooped my pants.

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    I feel like doing these around the curl (and lateral raises) jockeys in my gym, and not putting any collars on the bar to scare them a little. Hell, they're already scared by dumbbell snatches.

    Why I don't get is how hard is it to hold a barbell overhead? I used to do some static holds with 1 arm and had a lot of trouble maintaining the bar straigth, so I'd like to know if it's me who have weak wrists in that position or that somehow it's much easier to balance it in an overhead position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Thunder View Post
    I feel like doing these around the curl (and lateral raises) jockeys in my gym, and not putting any collars on the bar to scare them a little. Hell, they're already scared by dumbbell snatches.

    Why I don't get is how hard is it to hold a barbell overhead? I used to do some static holds with 1 arm and had a lot of trouble maintaining the bar straigth, so I'd like to know if it's me who have weak wrists in that position or that somehow it's much easier to balance it in an overhead position?
    Heh. I would not recommend trying this without collars.

    That being said, I don't think it's that difficult holding the barbell even overhead. As long as you grip the bar right in the middle, there should not be too much problem. In fact, I find the barbell better for doing more weight than DB's.
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    Dang that was cool... and he did those 2 OH Squats with one arm and 60k over head after the snatch.

    I gotta get my butt into the gym and practice these...

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    This isn't to dishearten you guys, but old time strongmen weighing under 150 pounds could OA over 160 pounds. 180 pounds was not uncommon. So don't get stuck in the mindset of low weights! You're bigger than those old timers doing 160! So get out there and more than then damnit!

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    Oh my god. I don't think my balance is anywhere near that good. If I tried that, I think someone would die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magicman531 View Post
    This isn't to dishearten you guys, but old time strongmen weighing under 150 pounds could OA over 160 pounds. 180 pounds was not uncommon. So don't get stuck in the mindset of low weights! You're bigger than those old timers doing 160! So get out there and more than then damnit!
    It takes a LOT of practice, years, to get those kind of numbers. Especially for guys under 150 lbs!
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    That is one crazy assed exercise! I wish I could even put that much weight over my head with two hands....

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    Yeah, the guy is pretty amazing IMO. He must have done snatch over a million times. Look at the way he nearly falls over backwards through the window, yet he is still composed and has a laugh.
    I will try one of these in a year...
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    Awesome vid!
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    the most suicidally crazy lift ever?

    I think so Bob!
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    It just looks crazy, but it's actually pretty safe. Safer than benching, actually.
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    I've done a fair bit of snatching with a barbell. Some of the attempts can get pretty crazy, wobbling, hopping, and squirming around with a weight overhead. The barbell is easier than the dumbell once you get the form down. Until then it's quite a wild ride...

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    I filmed this, Max told me that afterwards he felt his cns was fried for days. He did alot of reps on both sides. He doesn't train these or anything. We always have little challenges around the gym and that day I asked him if he thought he could hit 80 kg one arm snatch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race Bannon View Post
    I filmed this, Max told me that afterwards he felt his cns was fried for days. He did alot of reps on both sides. He doesn't train these or anything. We always have little challenges around the gym and that day I asked him if he thought he could hit 80 kg one arm snatch.
    wow thats very impressive - he must train snatches though - good snatch form isnt somthing you just pick up
    Way down this road, in a gym far away, a young man was once heard to say, "I've repped high and I've repped low, No matter what I do my legs won't grow."

    He tried leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses, too. Trying to cheat these sissy workouts he'd do. From the corner of the gym where the big men train, Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

    Where the big iron rides high and threatens lives, Where the noise is made with big forty fives. A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees, A very big man with legs like trees.

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    that is cool as hell... dangerous but cool
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    I dont see how it is anymore dangerous than any other lift. W.ith abumpers and a platform its easy to abandon a bad lift

    Max trains the olympic lifts. He finished 7th at the American Open at the beginning of the month in the 105 kg class. If USAW had their **** together and had updated rankings posted, I think he would be 11th or 12th in the nation, moving up from 25th last year. His best total is 318 kg.

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    Good to see others doing them. Watch your shoulders and be carefull lowering the weight down. Hurt my shoulder once trying not to drop it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Guy View Post
    Good to see others doing them. Watch your shoulders and be carefull lowering the weight down. Hurt my shoulder once trying not to drop it.
    My gym doesn't have bumper plates, so I feel your plight. You do have to be careful with the shoulders when letting the weight down.
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    Sleepy, thats what the bumpers are for, just let the bar drop.
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    Without bumpers I wouldnt be doing BB snatch with one hand. That makes it tough to try for 1RM. I know its not the same but use DBs if you dont have any bumpers.
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    I don't have any bumpers, nor do I have any problem lowering the weight. It's easy enough for me to just reach and grab the bar with my off hand and slide my working hand over.

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