Power snatch + hang snatch PR at 110kg (242lb). What a huge mental victory for me this morning... Haven't power snatched in a month...my left shoulder was just getting so bad that it was becoming extremely counterproductive to do so.
About a week and a half ago, getting frustrated and desperate for resolution, I decided to fiddle around with my snatch grip. Stability in my left arm has long been an issue for me, as the elbow tends to buckle under heavy loads.
I have done prehab/rehab drills for years ad nauseam, attempting to bring better symmetry to my receiving position, without much success. Little did I realize I would be able to turn to basic physics for a potential solution.
Moving my grip about a half inch to the left (so that my left hand is about an inch from the sleeve, and my right hand is about two inches away) seems to be doing wonders for my snatches.
This makes it so that a slightly higher percentage of the weight will be to the right side, and seems to have created a much more stable, balanced, and most importantly, pain-free (or at least less painful 🙃) receiving position.
The quest for mastery is a beautiful thing. I've been competing in weightlifting for over seven years now, and have partaken in just general weight training for over two decades.
Despite this, I am still learning new things everyday about my own body and the sport of weightlifting. The fact that there is still so much to learn at a point so deep into this journey is quite uplifting (pun maybe kinda intended 😬). My apologies for the rant, but to close out my thoughts, I encourage everyone out there to seek mastery in something. If you don't share my passion for lifting, than it can be in so many other areas...playing an instrument, artistry, writing, automotive work, craftsmanship, public speaking, or maybe some other athletic endeavor.
Whatever you may choose to seek mastery in, I promise you it will be one of the most rewarding and enlightening journeys in your life, just as weightlifting has been in mine.
Thank you to those who took the time to read this entire post. 👍🏻💪🏻🏋🏻 #usaw #olympiclifting #weightlifting #snatch #clean #jerk #PR #squat #mastery