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    schnieder is offline Senior Member
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    Default Snatch vs. High Pull

    How has your progress been over 2 months?

    What don't you like about snatches? Since the goal of the ROP is the SSST (200 snatches in 10 min), you have to do some snatches in order to get there. High pulls won't work. You could do some on the variety day, but not as a substitute for your one day of snatches.

    Another thing is, I think the reason Pavel suggests 2-12 minutes of swings on the med and heavy day is because that gets you in the time frame for the SSST. If you can one arm swing the bell for 9 out of 10 minutes, then you are in good shape for attacking the SSST. Doing 20-25 minutes of swings with big breaks won't really get you geared for the SSST. Now you could compress the time EDT style, which does work... but I don't think that's the outline layed out in ETK.

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    Default Snatch vs. High Pull

    Thanks for asking. My progress has been strong. Every week or two, I have to up the reps or time on something. It really started taking hold when I moved from the 16kg to the 24kg.

    I'm not really shooting for the SSST, I just like the workout.

    I know that I might be sounding like a little girl, but the snatches give me really great blisters on the center of my palm, even with gloves on.

    I wanted to see if I could work the same muscles with the high pull as a substitute.

    By the way, do you think 1 minute of rest between sets of swings is too much? I thought thats what was recommended in ETK.

    Thanks for your input.

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    Default The problem is not with the snatch

    It is with the way you're doing the snatch:

    On the downswing catch the bell in the hook position as high as possible - usually before it passes the head. If the bell is already in the final position while it is high up it will not be rotating while it is loading your hand just before you catch it. I do this by "pitching" the bell very subtly to the hook with a flick of wrist on initiation of the downswing.

    Hope that helps - MM

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    Default Snatch vs. High Pull

    I guess if you aren't going to do the ROP (SSST), then the rests won't be as big of a deal with the swings. You are correct, when starting off one should take bigger breaks b/w sets.

    You should meet with an RKC and take a look at your snatches. The blisters shouldn't be prohibitive, especially if you're wearing gloves. You don't sound like a little girl at all... I think the blisters are a big problem for alot of folks. There are ways to fix that if you are interested.

    Why aren't you going for the SSST? You are making progress with ETK so far, right? Granted, its a very tough thing to do. It took me two years to do it. But the way I look at it, it gives purpose to all of the swings and presses you are progressing in. That is the test the SECRET SERVICE uses to test the guts of their men. The fact that your average weekend warrior like you or me can train for 3 or 4 days a week and do something like that is what makes ETK beyond any workout ever conceived.

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