The best way to prepare for a competition is to do it! You don’t need to have any special training or equipment. All you need are your own two feet and determination. The only thing you really need is good technique and some practice. If all else fails, just remember that there’s always next year…or the day after tomorrow!
In order to prepare for a competition, you need to learn how to perform the most basic movements necessary for success. For example, if you want to compete in the snatch, you will need to master the lift from floor up.
However, not all athletes are able or willing to dedicate time and energy into learning every single movement involved with performing a particular sport. That’s why it is very helpful when someone else has already done their homework and performed these same exercises at competitions before.
It is true that you can learn a lot about the snatch simply by watching other competitors perform them.
But what happens if you’re competing against them? What if they’ve been doing it for years? Or even better, what if they’ve been practicing it for months while you were still trying to figure out how to get over on your high school girlfriend?
This is where competition preparation comes in.
The Snatch is the first of the two Olympic lifts (along with the clean and jerk) and also the most demanding of the two in terms of athleticism and skill. A great athlete can still fail to complete a single rep if they are not accustomed to the explosive extension required by this exercise.
Fortunately, you do not need to be an elite lifter in order to reap the benefits that this movement has to offer.
The snatch is a simple exercise for increasing speed, power, and explosiveness when done correctly. In its most basic form, the barbell is pulled from the floor to an overhead position in one swift movement.
The hook grip is essential to this process as it allows the lifter to maintain control over the bar without having to adjust their hands. This grip can be a little painful at first but it is well worth the minor discomfort.
When it comes to actually snatching the bar, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. For example, some people tend to bend over too far while pulling the weight which could cause back pain in the future.
Others have the opposite problem and have a hard time keeping their back straight in an effort to bend under the weight; this also causes back pain and is just an all around inefficient lifting technique.
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