Natalie is (very) new to weightlifting. And yet, here she is doing a clean with more than her own bodyweight.
It LOOKS like she “gets under the bar”. But in truth, she PULLS herself under the bar. That distinction is crucial.
The Language of Description vs the Language of Experience
In the video it LOOKS like she “gets under the bar”. But be careful: She does NOT “drop”; She PULLS herself down.
However, it must be admitted that that is horrible language! To an external observer, she appears to be “going down”. But, to the athlete – from HER perspective – it FEELS exactly like a power clean.
Why? Because a good “full” snatch/clean (I hate that term) FEELS exactly like a power snatch/clean.
Examples From the Real World with Real Lifters (from My Team!)
Ryan with 140kg clean:
Emma, like Natalie, also new, hitting a 70kg “squat-free” clean (she cleans it but can’t stand it up, LOL), at a body weight of only 64kg.
Here’s Eli doing a great 3rd-pull with a snatch. It’s 95kg, the most he has hit since he broke his collar bone (he’s done more in the past, but this was a big win). He’s only a 77kg lifter.
Stop using the language of description, start using the language of experience.
Now go lift something heavy,
- I originally learned the “knees up” thang from my friend Dan Bell. I renamed it to a Sumo Stomp (see Instructional Video HERE), to make it sound cool, lol. It’s something that is being done by many of the world’s top lifters. By focusing upon the KNEES going up, you avoid the dreaded “donkey kick”, and put yourself in a near-perfect squat stance in the air. The 2nd pull ENDS your force-into-the-ground phase of lifting. The 3rd pull STARTS your pull-up-on-the-bar-so-that-the-body-will-go-down phase. ↩