One of the biggest problems we coaches see with the Olympic Lifts is the inability for athletes to “pull” themselves underneath the bar.  While this problem can be somewhat mental in nature, more likely the athlete just hasn’t spent enough time working on getting under the bar.  A squat snatch bigger than your power snatch is a goal attainable by every single CrossFitter, but it will take some work to get there.  Check out the article below by legendary lifting coach Bob Takano for drills you can work on to master “getting under the bar”.

Coaching the Low Catch

While Coach Takano describes drills for both the snatch and the clean, I recommend mastering pulling yourself under the bar in the snatch before working on the clean.  You’ll find once you master the snatch, pulling yourself under in the clean is a piece of cake.


Getting comfortable at the bottom of an overhead squat is one way to improve your catch position in the snatch.

Workout of the Day
Find your 1 rep max.
Every minute on the minute for 5 minutes perform:
2 Touch-And-Go Squat Cleans (AHAP)

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