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Snatch, Clean, and GET YOUR CHEST UP!!!

As I've probably stated too many times already, I am a USA Weightlifting coach and have taught a number of people how to snatch and clean and jerk.  The point of this article is to point out an often overlooked technical aspect of the snatch and the clean.

There are a lot of people out there teaching the Olympic lifts in a number of venues.  CrossFit, college weight rooms, powerlifting gyms, and personal training studios are all utilizing these fun and powerful lifts for strength and power development and competition.  However, I do see a lot of glaring form faults from time to time in the execution of these lifts that are easily fixed and make a huge difference in how much weight the lifter can move.

The most important aspect of the Olympic lifts is the powerful extension of the posterior chain.  This mainly originates from the hips and is often mistaken for a jump.  However, we don't want to move ourselves AND the bar, just the bar.  Driving through the heels as long as p…