Understanding Your Start Position.

The Training Geek.

Your start position is what allows you to create leverage for the first pull, and subsequently put you in a good position for the second pull.


Using some principles in biomechanics and my understanding based on my research into the start position of the snatch, I will try to explain how to look at your start position from a simple biomechanical perspective. Also, you need to understand that there will be individual differences due to body type, height, limb lengths and even the type of lifts performed.

The purpose of the start position is to allow us to effectively use the muscles in the legs such as the knee and hip extensors to produce force to overcome inertia to get the barbell moving in the first pull. The predominant movement is knee extension with little hip extension (NOT no hip extension). This means more of the quads are being used…

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