As many of you are aware, Tom and I have been trialling various alternatives to our conventional snatch teaching method. Once you enter main class you may be given an alternative method of olympic lifting, that many call the catapult. It is currently advocated by Dom Mccauley. One of its primary features is the abolition, or avoidance of either a shrug or a “plantar Flexion at the ankle. The idea being that a fast hip and the use of the double knee bend should achieve what, allegedly, the shrug and ankle lift did.
My personal observations, thus far, is that its interesting enough to continue with the experiment, but as part of the Crossfit london brand is evaluation and research, we would be remiss if we didnt give you the counter argument. Its is interestingly summarised here by Sean Waxman the owner of Waxman’s Gym in the UAS in an article entitled Pulling Technique In Weightlifting: The Triple Extension vs. The flat-footed/catapult
This said, no matter the science or opinion, some people simply need to lift the bar higher before they can get under it and so probably need both versions ( start with our normal method, then be offered the catapult). I should also say that Sport Science in general is poor and often totally out of date.
We should be having a coaches meeting ( June/July sometime) to go through the basic drills ( there is a 10 stage system) but you may well see these drills popping up more and more, with a quick reminder that drills are drills and should not be taken out of context. Remember, we dont know which is method is right! It could be a case of finding what works better for you.
But for now, some Drills
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