How To Snatch
The snatch is the first lift performed in all Olympic weightlifting competitions. Each lifter has three attempts.The sum of your best snatch is and best clean-and-jerk is your total. In competition, the weight on the bar canonly move up in weight in increments of 2.5 kg (5 1/2 lbs.).It is suggested that you find someone in your area that is a USA Weightlifting Certified Coach, so he or shecan properly show you how to perform each of the lifts.
Joel Lackey demonstrates the snatch
(150kg - February 4, 1995 - Newnan, GA)With the bar on the platform, the athlete stands over the barbell, looks down and linesthe bar over the balls of the feet. The feet should be hip width or slightly wider apart.The lifter assumes the starting position by bending the knees and lowering the hips andgripping the barbell with a wide grip.The grip should be wide enough to allow the lifter to do a full squat with the bar at armslength overhead. In the starting position, the shoulders should be over the bar and the back arched tightly.To start the pull, the athlete pushes their feet though the floor. As the barbell reachesknee height, the back stays arched and maintains the same angle to the floor as in thestarting position.When the barbell passes the knees the athlete vigorously raises the shoulders keepingthe bar as close to the legs as possible.When the bar passes the upper thighs it should touch the thighs. At this point the lifter drives with the legs in a vertical jumping motion and finishes the extension of the body.
Joel Lackey demonstrates proper snatch techniquehttp://web.archive.org/web/20070705114819/http://eng.auburn.edu/users...1 of 28/13/2008 10:27 PM