August 29, 2012

Wednesday Form: Accelerate

Though we refer to them as “lifts”…the weightlifting component mostly is about “accelerating” weights. And that starts with being able to pull…not with the elbows and shoulders…but pull from the hip.

Nice set up.
Shoulders, elbows stay loose…waiting for the hips to come through (pull)

  • Wicasa Yatapika August 29, 2012 Reply

    A question about set-up: I see in the first photo Eric has his arms and hands to the inside of his knees with a shoulder width stance that is maintained throughout the movement.
    Which is my preference too!!
    When we did this exercise at CF Bozeman I used this stance initially but was “corrected” that it was not proper form. They teach that the feet stay close together and arms and hands stay to the outside of the knees initially. As you drive the weight upward and accelerate it your feet briefly lose contact with the earth and this is when you seprate them to shoulder width upon landing. Then you reset with the close stance and repeat.
    Just curious to know which method is correct?
    Again, I prefer starting with the wide stance…maybe either is okay and it’s a personal preference…

  • Kyle August 29, 2012 Reply

    Arms should be outside the knees. Feet in tight but kness should point out slightly. The more flexible you are the closer the feet; the more you can get the feet in and the knees out.

    You cannot do a snatch with your arms inside your knees.

    Tons of great Oly lift stance videos on CrossFit Journal.

  • Matt August 29, 2012 Reply

    he’s doin’ a SDHP

    • Kyle August 29, 2012 Reply

      That makes sense.

  • Jan August 29, 2012 Reply

    I was going to ask which pull he was doing when I saw his hands positioned on the inside – duh to myself. Nice lifting as always EE!!

  • Wicasa Yatapika August 29, 2012 Reply

    That explains it, Dooh!!! Great form though! EE gets a cookie!!!

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