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    TheMerryPup is offline Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunstreaker View Post
    I always wondered about resting at the top if it was more beneficial than putting the bell down.. sorry for the ignorant question
    Actually, I wish I'd thought of that during the test! I'd have rested no more than two deep breaths and my time would have been a little better.

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    do you mean putting the bell down or resting at the top??

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    I meant resting at the top. Whenever I've used that in the past I've always rested just a beat or two before continuing. Putting it down, for me, gives license to take more time. At least I wind up taking more time. Resting at the top gives me a little break but with the bell right above my head I'm primed to get back to snatching faster than when I put it down.

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    Got really intrigued and took this for a test drive: I did a 2 minute drill and got 50 9-8-8 in 1:56.. Tomorrow, I'll see how this goes for the full 5 minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunstreaker View Post
    Got really intrigued and took this for a test drive: I did a 2 minute drill and got 50 9-8-8 in 1:56.. Tomorrow, I'll see how this goes for the full 5 minutes
    Sounds good man. Let me know how it goes.

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    [QUOTE=TheMerryPup;621334]Thanks for the tips Faizal! You said:



    Right now I have to. I don't think I could go through the full 5 minutes if I fatigue myself during the first 'sets' per arm. But working toward more endurance in that regard is something I'll be training for.
    ==> Switch when the bell starts slowing down....you should be faster after the switch...


    I guess not, and I am stronger with my right as opposed to my left. But I like the symmetry of matching reps per side with a predetermined scheme. This way I know where I am and I find the diminishing reps per set a motivator to keep going.
    ==> There is a difference between testing and training. Train symmetrically, test optimally for numbers.

    BTW, I am personally starting to hate the snatch test.
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    Got 4:40 although I used a different rep scheme (9-8-8-7-7-6-5)

    took 1-2 breaths at the top as needed and set the bell down after the second set of 8 and the second set of 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunstreaker View Post
    Got 4:40 although I used a different rep scheme (9-8-8-7-7-6-5)

    took 1-2 breaths at the top as needed and set the bell down after the second set of 8 and the second set of 7
    Good time! I'm going to give it another shot next week and I'm hoping to better my time down to just about 4:40. We'll see.

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    Feel free to try out the rep scheme I used are you preparing for the RKC??

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    Keep in mind that the snatch test is a pass/fail competency test, not a contest or race. Don't sacrifice a full, momentarily motionless lockout in the pursuit of a fast time.

    My goals in snatch test preparation are to be able to complete the test with a comfortable effort in the minimum time necessary, without rushing. To me, that means not putting the bell down, minimizing hand switches, not "resting" overhead for more time than is necessary to count as a valid rep, and not having to suffer much while doing it.

    Practicing the test itself is fun, important for getting a feel for pacing and as a benchmark for progress, but not necessarily the best way to train for the test. There are lots of good training approaches, but two things I've found really helpful are building grip endurance, and doing a lot of work with heavier bells, snatching the 28 a lot and doing heavier one arm swings.

    Grip endurance not only allows you to minimize hand switches, but also allows you to express full power on each rep. If my grip is fatigued, or I am worried about my grip fatiguing, it tends to inhibit the power I can put into each rep. Ever do one arm swings, start to get tired and slow down, put both hands on the bell and find your pace speeds up dramatically? Your hips didn't suddenly get less tired, but they weren't inhibited by a fatigued grip.

    IMO, the speed switch shouldn't be necessary. If you NEED it to finish within 5 minutes, you are switching hands too often, putting the bell down too much, and/or taking too long between reps (slow cadence). It may have its place if you are chasing absolute speed, but it is difficult to execute smoothly. Most guys I've seen try it tend to get pulled forward and have all kinds of other slop. The guys who do it well definitely don't NEED it to complete the test on time.
    Last edited by Steve W.; 10-12-2012 at 08:59 AM.

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