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In today's Workout Wednesday post we're back with our mini series called Ask a Trainer. We'd had a number of submission emails asking if we can discuss Olympic lifts, so I enlisted the help of my friend, trainer and nutrition coach James, who is co-owner at Focused Movement Academy in Miami. You may remember him as one of the key people to help me get past the plateau when I was getting in shape for the photoshoot for Namaslay. If you're interested in working with him on nutrition, click here and and fill out the form at the bottom.
I believe it's incredibly important it is to build strength as a yoga student because flexibility without control can be a recipe for injury. There are lots of ways to build strength, and Oly lifting is just one of many. Lifting weights can seem intimidating, though, so I wanted to get a thorough explanation for people who may be interested.
The snatch lift is very, very complex. There are lots of components, and it takes a lot of practice and patience. I started snatching last October and my lift was awful. It's gotten much, much better since then, although you can see in this vid that I need to work on landing with the weight in my heels. The beautiful thing is that there's always something to work on and like James said, it just takes patience, dedication and repetition. Much like the yoga practice, actually.
Below is the video along with notes with cues, if you'd like to skip around. Please let me know your thoughts and any questions or comments you have about future Workout Wednesday posts. And fill me in - what are you doing to develop your strength?
1:13 snatch in slow motion
1:47 start in the power position
2:08 cues: jump, pull, punch
2:18 common mistakes
2:38 what to do instead to avoid common mistakes
2:51 real time snatch
2:59 high elbows
3:07 lock out arms when your feet hit the ground
3:32 from the hang
3:43 tip: keep hips going back
4:18 common mistake
4:31 from the floor, full snatch
5:44 jump and punch, lock and land
6:19 hook grip
6:53 once the weight gets heavy, the lower you have to go
7:51 keys to success
9:21 what to do if you're having a bad day snatching
PS: Don't forget there is a yoga for olympic lifters playlist on our app!