The Oly Life: Snatch & Clean and Jerk

There are two movements in Olympic weightlifting—the snatch, and clean and jerk. My friend Beverly Lopez will be showing you both of these lifts. The snatch will be shown in the first video, and in the second video will be the clean and jerk.

The snatch is probably the most complicated movement in Olympic weightlifting.  The hips must rise at the same time, and you must keep the bar close enough; so you are able to reach high with the elbows and punch the barbell overhead—ending in a squat position. There are variations to the snatch that can be caught in different positions like the power position. For the sake of simplicity, I will only go over the full snatch.

The clean and jerk involves the same amount of attention; by keeping the bar close, and making sure everything rises at the same time. There is a slite dip in the knees to punch the bar over while splitting the feet to secure a lunge position. Now, as you can see Beverly was a little shaky, but still was able to punch the bar over her head, so the judges raised the white flag making it a good lift.

In both videos, the lifts require a lot of strength and skill to accomplish—for some, this may seem impossible, but I assure you like with any skill it takes practice and a lot of it. For more information on these movements, please feel free to check out U.S.A Weightlifting’s page.

In my next blog, I will be discussing my workouts to get me ready for my first weightlifting meet—the IronCat. Thanks for following along!



Published by Illianna Degollado

Hi, my name is Illianna! And I'm from Austin, Texas. Fun fact about me, yes already into the first sentence here's a fun fact, I am what the locals call a "unicorn." I have lived in Austin for 28 years now, and have yet to love another city as much as this one. Do I need to get out more? You betcha! I live with my fiance, Matt, and our two doggos. My two-year-old Boxer named Katrin and my 10-year-old miniature dachshund named Marley. And, yes, it's never a dull moment with a dog that doesn't know she weighs 65 pounds and the other who still tries to own the house at a whomping 15 pounds. When I'm not escaping the beautiful traffic of Austin, I am a local marketer for an up and coming marketing consulting agency. I specialize in helping clients with their LinkedIn Marketing Strategy to drive more sales, brand awareness and become a thought leader for their field and network. I love my job for one reason, I love helping people. My passion for marketing, pr and social media started in my late teen years. I was going to high school and was blessed to have hard-working parents. So much so, they would own their own businesses and become entrepreneurs. I saw the struggle and the difficulty it took on both of my parents, and what made it even more frustrating was the passion and skillset for their profession, but their marketing efforts weren't executed effectively. Now, we swing it back to today! I love my field and I love what I do. There are sooooo many thought leaders, influencers, content strategist that tell us all the time...this is the correct formula to follow to reach "X", but in reality, just like technology, it's always changing.

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