Still on SNATCH thanks to last week’s volume day. And I’d like to point out the other end of fixation - the feet.
Before a rep is counted a student must stop all movement...fixate the load overhead, and the feet into the ground. A few weeks ago I posted on a premature drop. Today, it’s about channeling twinkle toes. Without a doubt, a little dance is not ideal. However, provided you anchor them down while the kb is also motionless, your rep can count. The challenge is in having awareness so far from your brain. .
We often cue imagery of an energy source ☄️from your elbow shooting in opposite directions: to the Kettlebell overhead and to your shoulder. That active tension is what keeps the kb from smushing your wrist, your elbow from buckling and your shoulder from shrugging. So how about another energy source ☄️at the hips, radiating upwards and downwards. Would you want to drop the kettlebell from a wobbly(*) shoulder? No...and you shouldn’t do it from wobbly feet either. .
I know it’s hard not to blur corners when you’re on the clock, fatigued and have either 1) never gotten 102 (**) before in practice; 2) generally run out of time; or 3) have officially not passed. BUT, you won’t pass if you don’t fixate the top, middle, bottom simultaneously for that fraction of a second it takes us to count. .
Take home tip: read the standard and video your practice, and review wearing your coach goggles...and evaluate just as your coach - whose job is to uphold the standard - should. Watch without judgement...you are looking for things to improve your next practice...so that rather than always doing more of the same thing, you’re actively getting better. And if you DO twinkle toe a little, don’t judge. Regroup & move on.
(*) Don’t think I loved the first few reps before my hand switch...had this been ‘technique’ vs snatch ‘test’ I’d have failed the reps. I felt the first one (highlighting the importance not to check out of your body) but thought I could fix it in the next rep. Nope...hence the switch. (**) 102. There is no perfect, hence 2 buffer reps for no counts.
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