One of the most technical movements in sports is the Olympic barbell snatch. The power version of that lift is called the power snatch and there are about a million places on the internet that can show you how it is done. Here is yet another, (and I’m still learning).
If you have an experienced strength coach that can show you how to master this lift, you should be in good shape. If not, and you have to rely on online videos for instruction, it probably doesn’t get any better than learning from Mark Rippetoe.
The benefits of adding power snatches to your lifting and athletic training are considerable:
- Develops pulling power for the Olympic snatch and other lifts.
- The central nervous system is not stresses as lower weights are used.
- Increased core strength.
- Increased shoulder stability
- Increased speed, coordination and power.
- From the hang, there is greater explosiveness.
Make sure you fully loosen and warm up the shoulders and always start light-even as light as pvc to groove the movement.