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    danfaz is offline Senior Member
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    Default Need Help w/ Snatch, R Arm Not Cooperating

    Hey All,

    Video'd myself snatching today (not posting it, cuz I'm in my chonies).

    I've really been focusing on breaking the elbow on the drop. My left arm seems to have it nailed, but my right is still casting quite a bit, despite my thinking it's not.

    I am opening the hand at the top of the movement, but for some reason, I can't get the elbow to break.

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Here are a couple of things to try...

    Quote Originally Posted by danfaz View Post
    Hey All,

    Video'd myself snatching today (not posting it, cuz I'm in my chonies).

    I've really been focusing on breaking the elbow on the drop. My left arm seems to have it nailed, but my right is still casting quite a bit, despite my thinking it's not.

    I am opening the hand at the top of the movement, but for some reason, I can't get the elbow to break.

    Any suggestions?
    1) If the palm is facing forward, you will have to cast because the crook of the elbow is facing inward. Turn the hand to 45 degrees.

    2) To get the feeling of breaking the elbow first, try
    * After the snatch, bring the bell to the rack position....(if you cast, you will miss the rack)
    * When you have that down, bring to the rack, then use your hips to move the rack out of the way....
    * Then do the above, just faster.

    3) You may be better trying to pull the bell down to your stomach rather than trying to relax into the drop (this may or may not work)
    Last edited by faizalenu; 11-25-2010 at 12:33 PM.
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    danfaz is offline Senior Member
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    Thanks, Faizal. I'll try some of these on Monday.

    Appreciate your advice!

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    Default Huge Thanks to Faizal!

    Quote Originally Posted by faizalenu View Post
    1) If the palm is facing forward, you will have to cast because the crook of the elbow is facing inward. Turn the hand to 45 degrees.
    Hi Faizal! Last night I finally found a groove that worked for my R arm. I angled the hand 45 degrees as you suggested, and it just clicked!

    Now, this has resulted in what looks like a cork screw drop...but I'm going with it since I was able to get over 200 snatches without much fatigue.

    I tried the same technique with my left hand, but that wasn't a good idea as I tore a small callus on my L ring finger (lesson learned: if it aint broke, don't try to fix it). I had to finish my last 20 reps with the R hand, which was a miracle since before it was always the arm that crapped out first (due to the casting problem).

    Anyhoo, just wanted thank you (again) for your great advice! My SSST should now fall in the next two weeks.








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    faizalenu is offline Senior Member
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    Default Not bad....

    Looking good, you have the right idea. turning the hand helps the elbow break first. On the downstroke, try to think of:
    * Pulling the elbow into the rib cage, then
    * Driving the hips back

    Look like the elbow goes out to the side a tad. Give it a shot and let the forum know how it works.
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