CrossFit Games Open Workout 11.3
10 min AMRAP
30 Double unders
15 Power snatch (75#/55#)
Compare to 2/18/12 and post rounds and reps to comment.
Don’t Think, Just Snatch
Yes, I get it, the snatch is a complex movement. You may have even heard the coaches say that it’s the most complex movement we will ever teach you. We give you all of these points of performance, shout out a barrage of coaching cues and at the end of the day all we really want to you to is get the damn bar over your head. Why do you struggle so much, you are probably overthinking it.
Think about any “complex” thing that you do well. I don’t care what it is, snatching, double unders, swimming the butterfly stroke, knitting socks, driving a stick shift…and the list goes on. All of these things seem ridiculously difficult when you first learn them. Once you have done them for a while you stop thinking and just doing. This is what you have to do with the snatch, and the clean and jerk for that matter. Thinking gets in the way, we use that for after the lift when we analyzing what you did right and wrong.
Check out this little tale that founder of PDX Weightlifting, Nick Horton wrote on this subject.
You’re almost there.
The bar is very close to your hip now. You can feel it hydroplaning up the top of your thigh, gaining speed. You start to push your heels down into the platform harder, faster.
Then something happens.
Your brain starts to pay attention to what’s going on. Right in the moment, that instant: You think.
The bar feels heavier now than it ever has. You feel the earth reaching up with the hand of gravity to pull you down. You had no idea it could feel this heavy.
You get scared.
Fear rears its evil head and looks you in the eyes. Time itself stops. His eyes are deep, blue, still waters of death. And you see reflected there nothing but your own weakness.
“I can’t do this,” you hear the winds whisper off the water.
Your body responds instantly and crumples like frozen leaves upon the ground during the first frosts of winter – crushed by the heavy heels of doubt.
You lose all rigidity. Your momentum is halted. The bar slows down.
You know what is happening. You can see it, feel it. It’s happened before.
Fear doubles down on you.
“I’m causing this,” you say in full recognition that you are now the embodiment of the self-fulfilled prophesy.
You try to get back. You increase speed again in a last ditch effort to save the lift. But it’s too late.
The bar moves with the slow beat of a broken heart.
Read the rest of the article here: Don’t Think! How To Snatch Big By Following Your Heart.