So You Think Jumping Back in the Snatch is a Good Idea?

Today, we have far too many coaches and athletes thinking that they need to emulate the technique of elite international stars. Usually nothing could be farther from the truth.

According to Olympic Coach Harvey Newton, "It's a shame to see so many young, inexperienced lifters consider the 'jump-back' style of lifting as something to imitate. In most cases, young lifters fail to execute properly, lose key lifts, and increase their frustration."

Coach Newton discusses in this blog entry the rationale behind coaching young lifters in textbook perfect technique first. "This is especially important when a lifter is snatching approximately their own bodyweight," says Newton.

This blog post features a Dartfish technique analysis of an elite young lifter missing a key snatch mostly because of this jump-back technique. The second part of the blog suggests quick and efficient ways of correcting this technique error.

Read Coach Newton's full article: Jump Back Snatch: Why?

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"Dear Harvey-

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the weightlifting certification. It was a major paradigm shift in many ways, especially learning of the important of the power position and ankle mobility for weightlifting.

At first I was somewhat frustrated, as I struggled conceptualizing the teaching of weightlifting in this manner to athletes. Then, I looked at myself in the power position and realized how closely it mimics a vertical jump, and changed my mind. After a week of focus on this position, my dunking ability is improving.

I also really appreciated your honesty on what your experience taught you to be true, and teaching us more useful information than we would have received otherwise. It was great getting to know you as a person and a coach, and I hope all is well with you."


Stephen Wells
Hope College