AMRAP 20 Minutes:
10 Power Cleans 185/125
9 Power Cleans 185/125
8 Power Cleans 185/125
7 Power Cleans 185/125
6 Power Cleans 185/125
5 Power Cleans 185/125
4 Power Cleans 185/125
3 Power Cleans 185/125
2 Power Cleans 185/125
1 Power Clean 185/125
The Power Clean should be on the heavy side of medium. Scale half attempts or 3x Singles for Double-Unders as needed. If you complete the 100 Double-Unders, then stop there and score time to complete. If you scaled the Dubs at all, then use the remainder of the time to practice them.
Post rounds, reps, and Rx to comments.
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The CFSBK Guide to Cues: "Pull yourself under the bar"
By David Osorio
Knees out! Chest up! Flat back! The verbal cue is one of the most important tools in a CrossFit coach's repertoire. You probably have some sense of what these commands mean, but in this newish blog feature, we'd like to take a look at some common cues. From time to time, we'll be offering these short guides to explain what these mean and why they're important. In our first installment, we discussed the ubiquitous "knees out." Now we're going to look at one that comes up a lot during Olympic lifting: "Pull yourself under the bar." What the hell does that mean? We're glad you asked...
When might you hear it in class, and what does it mean?
The Snatch and Clean and Jerk are technically demanding lifts. Most of us can relate to feeling intimidated or overwhelmed when we first started learning them. That's why we often break them down into three separate phases, each with its own set of positions and intentions.
The 1st Pull: Moves the bar from the floor to the Mid-Hang position. The intention here is to maintain balance and position while beginning to accelerate the barbell.
The 2nd Pull: Is an aggressive extension and transition from the Mid-Hang to full extension, the purpose of which is to create maximum momentum and elevation of the barbell.
The 3rd Pull: Is what we're focusing on here today. Now, this is where a lot of new lifters get confused, since the 3rd pull is a downward movement rather than an upward one. So when coaches tell you to "pull yourself under the bar," they're telling you to actively pull your body underneath the bar into the receiving position. It's not a passive "catch" but an intentional pull underneath the bar using our arms. The arms play a more passive role in the 1st and 2nd pulls as we elevate the bar. But in the 3rd pull of the Snatch, we ideally use our arms to pull under and push up, staying connected to the bar. Think of actively heaving yourself down rather than simple dropping underneath.
Why is it important?
The faster you can get under the barbell, the more weight you can move. You have to accelerate downward faster than gravity, and the only way to do that is to pull under the bar. We have a video!
In the first Snatch, I passively drop under the bar. In the second Snatch, I actively pull myself under the bar. See how much faster and cleaner it is? To Snatch efficently, you and the bar need to move as one.
What can I do to fix it?
Drills! The following barbell drills will help you stay active and pull under the bar with proper mechanics:
The Scarecrow Snatch, the Tall Snatch, and the High Hang Snatch all demand quickness under the bar, accentuating the downward heave of the 3rd pull. You may want to try these with a PVC or a lighter barbell than usual at first. Also, if you're not doing it already, you should always use the hook grip!
What cues would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments!
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