The Muscle Snatch is a great way to increase the strength and speed of the turnover in the Snatch.
I’ve seen too many athletes do a great job of using their legs to drive a barbell up only to forget to keep pulling on the bar so that they can pull their bodies underneath. This results in a slow turnover, and when the weight is heavy, a missed lift that shouldn’t have been missed. In this situation the athlete will benefit from performing muscle snatches.
Execution of the Muscle Snatch
When executing the muscle snatch it is important to use the same set up in your normal snatch. From there, the pull from the ground all the way to full extension of the hips is the same as your regular snatch. Then, instead of bending the legs and pulling your body underneath the bar, you leave the legs extended and continue to pull the bar overhead. There will be momentum from the leg drive, but the idea is that as the momentum slows down you engage the upper body to finish the movement. This will work all the muscles that are involved in performing the turnover of the snatch.
Use the Muscle Snatch at beginning or end of workout
The muscle snatch is a great way to warm up for a weightlifting workout, or even at the end as accessory work. Many of my athletes will perform a series of muscle snatches into overhead squats as they warm up for a workout that will involve Snatches.
The heavier your muscle snatch gets the faster and stronger your turnover will be.