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Pushing Under the Bar

24
Aug

Pushing Under the Bar

Getting under the bar on a snatch or even a jerk can be one of the most daunting aspects of lifting for people. The explosive pull under the bar combined with a power push allows the lifter to get under a bar without the bar seemingly moving at all and this is how we want to lift to be viewed. The body moving around the bar. When moving at normal speed it is extremely difficult to see what is going on, but you can see the bar no rising as the lifter pushes under the barbell and receives the barbell in a squat position. The drop snatch is a great drill to work that push under the bar needed to hit those heavy snatches and jerks.

If we slow the movement down, you can clearly see the athlete extending the arms as he uses his legs to pull himself into the squat position. The bar does not move upward at all. If you have difficulty getting yourself under the barbell, I highly suggest this drill, and once comfortable, push yourself with the loadings understanding that newtons law states that the bar will fall at the same speed no matter the weight, if we are quick enough to get under 95 pounds, we are quick enough to get under 200 pounds. The only question then, are we strong enough to catch that 200 pound barbell. Give this drill a try and post your attempts and let us know if this drill helps you to get under that bar quicker with more control.