Barbell lifting, both the Olympic and and Powerlifting varieties are enjoying a bit boost from their inclusion in Crossfit’s syllabus.  The snatch is by far and away the toughest of these lifts, and I have the utmost respect for anyone able to snatch their own bodyweight or more, let alone the champions who are closer to double their bodyweight.

For mortals, here are some resources to help learn this complicated lift, which demands a lot (and I mean a lot) of flexiblity, coordination, balance, speed and strength.  Again Faster have a whole load of good videos for Crossfitters on technique, here their snatch series:

Again Faster, Snatch Part 1

Again Faster, Snatch Part 2

Again Faster, Snatch Fixes

This is Mark Rippetoe, but on the power snatch, still I like some of the cues he uses:

Mark Rippetoe, Power Snatch

Glenn Pendlay at California Strength’s approach a bit different:

California Strength, Snatch Part 1

California Strength, Snatch Part 2

California Strength, Snatch Part 3

California Strength, Hip Extension Exercise 1

and this California Strength, Hip Extension Exercise 2