By Curtis Child
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
My favorite exercise to do is the Olympic lift – the snatch – preferably the two handed snatch. I consider it to be an athletic movement exercise that requires a high degree of speed, precision, and strength.
There is an old saying in sports: “If you have to think about it, it is too late.” Most sport tasks, when performed correctly, are usually initiated with a planned movement which then turn into a learn reaction. Elite woman softball batters have .381 of a second to react to a pitch. They are at the point in their game where they don’t think about how to swing a bat; they react automatically to the pitch.
The snatch is very much the same. Done correctly, you use your levers and strongest muscles to move the barbell from the floor to over your head into a squat position. Then while balancing it over your head, you proceed to stand up with it.
Like all learned muscle memory, learning the snatch takes many repetitions of the correct movement. This begins by breaking down the correct movement into smaller segments. Eventually everything gets put together to make the lift.
There is so much truth to the phrase “Practice makes perfect.” Continuous training and a high number of practice repetitions should be done so the lift becomes a learned reaction and you don’t think about the actual lift.
If you want to start the process of learning, practicing, and perfecting this move, don’t hesitate to ask. I’d be happy to help!