It’s a beautiful movement when executed correctly, but man is it tough to learn and get good at. Why is that?
Well, for starters it takes a TON of mobility that, especially new CrossFitters, just don’t have. You need to have good mobility in the shoulders, thoracic spine, hips, & ankles. If you lack mobility in just one of these areas, you will get taken out of position.
Next, it is very complex. In order to execute the lift correctly, the bar needs to land at the top right over your center of gravity. But there are a lot of pieces to the snatch: from the hook grip, to the 3rd pull (getting under the bar) that can go wrong. If your timing is off just a little bit, the chain reaction will cause the barbell to end up either too far in front or too far behind you, resulting in a missed attempt.
So how can you get better? Check out this video I made with my friends at the F.I.T. Muscle and Joint clinic for some great progressions and drills to start improving your snatch today!