There's one approach to snatching that we tend to agree with and that is receive the bar at its highest point or receive the bar where you receive it. Today we did power snatches and as the weight got heavier, the bar inevitably traveled less distance vertically. So instead of calling it a failed power snatch at a heavy weight, we're calling it a successful Snatch.
Another idea within this approach is that with focusing on receiving the bar where you receive it or as high as you can, you are really emphasizing the second pull, putting as much elevation on the bar as possible by being as explosive as you can (That's not to say you aren't when you emphasize the third pull). Also, sometimes when the third pull is focused on too much, the extension through the second pull can get "shortchanged" by trying to get under the bar too soon, which decreases the amount of force generated through the middle.
Essentially as the weight gets heavier and heavier (the distance the bar travels gets less and less), you receive lower and lower, until you're receiving in the classic snatch overhead squat position. There were a couple failed power snatches today that turned out to be PR snatches. Pretty cool!
Here are a couple shots of Carmen and Tony from today, putting all the emphasis on the power generating extension.
Power Snatch 5-4-3-2-1-1-1
run 200m at minutes 0-2-4-6 and 400m at minute 8.
Hand Power Snatch AMRAP after the 0 & 4 200m runs.
Bar facing burpee after the 2 & 6 200m runs.
AMRAP: 5 Hang Power Snatch (65/95#) & 7 Bar facing burpee after 400m run with remaining time.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH WE ARE HAVING A BBQ AT THE GYM. THE GYM WILL BE PROVIDING THE MAIN PROTEIN, AND LOTS OF IT, MOST LIKELY TRI-TIP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND SOMETHING TO DRINK. STARTS AT 1PM, SEE YOU THERE!