The Snatch is Good

So yesterday I finally got the courage enough to try a full-on "snatch movement"using my new bumper plates (a.k.a. solid rubber weights, so I could throw them down if I got into trouble during the lift). I had been practicing the movement with an unloaded PVC pipe for several weeks, and then an unloaded olympic bar (45 lbs.) and yesterday was the first time I tried it with any significant weight, 115 lbs. It felt great to have the confidence that I could bail out at any moment. And the snatch is a full body movement, so you really feel it all over (as opposed to those who like to do endless sets of "concentration curls on a swiss ball";).

There's just something about heaving heavy stuff overhead using a very efficient form. The development of balance, speed, power, strength beats the hell out of endless hours on a recumbant bike and you feel very beat but very rewarded after doing them successfully (or even mildly successfully!) Now I just need to find a local coach who can tell me all of the bad stuff I'm doing.

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