After the recent post on avoiding the power snatch in favor of the squat snatch, Chad Chisholm left a comment asking about the split snatch as an alternative to the squat snatch. I guessed it would be akin to the power snatch and thus not a good option. A quick check of the Pendlay Olympic Lifting Forum revealed otherwise.
The New York Times website had a lengthy article on businesses which have incorporated CrossFit into their corporate culture. The level of involvement ranged from a small startup where co-workers collectively headed to CrossFit NYC for an afternoon break to Hitachi Global Storage which has it’s own on-site affiliate run by CrossFit Celebrity Jason Khalipa.
One of the primary companies discussed is Colorado based Datalogix which is working with Games competitor Patrick Burke. From the article:
Rudy Nielsen of the Outlaw Way posted the following message from Olympic Lifting Coach Glenn Pendlay:
The Power Snatch is half the movement. It gives someone with a shitty pull and a shitty finish, the ability to continue to be shitty at Snatching, while moving a relatively heavy load to overhead with the shittiest, most useless possible technique. It allows under-developed lifters to feel good about themselves, while remaining under-developed, and only practicing the pulling portion of the lift. My best lifters—at the Snatch—look the exact same with an empty barbell as they do with 150kg. The Power Snatch is good for de-loading, or practicing the pull, but it should never be a lifters default choice.
Reminder to self: quit trying to improve my snatch by doing power snatches.
You can find the original post here:
The Outlaw Way: A note on Power vs. Full lifts
You can also find our favorite Snatch video here.
Awesome pic courtesy of Amber Karnes on Flickr