I should have realised that changing my snatch technique 3 weeks before the Northern Masters weight lifting competition was a bad idea. The changes I’ve made:
- Slightly wider stance.
- Feet angled out a little more.
- Knees pushed out more.
The purpose of the changes is to provide a shorter path for the bar to rise as my knees don’t get in the way so much, which reduces the tendency to raise my bum up first, before my shoulders. Seems all fine in theory, but it’s messed up my timing and everything feels wrong.
An hour doing snatches down the gym today and I failed 5 times in a row to snatch even 65kg! 60kg went up ok, but was wibbly wobbly. I need to nail this new technique quickly if I’m to have any hope of qualifying for the BWLA Masters finals.
That’s not to mention the clean and jerks. Amazing how much difference 5kg makes. I was doing 80kg easy peasy yesterday, but as soon as I went to 85kg, it all went wibbly again (technical term 😉 ). I’m beginning to think I won’t make the weights I want. Ho hum.