Alright, let's begin by getting all our giggles out about the snatch...
You see, lately I've been having issues with my snatch
hehehe. In the crossfit open I was able to get the 100 pound snatch numerous times but I power snatched it every time. I wasted so much energy pulling that weight up rather than dropping under it. Not only that, I've wasted so much time getting stronger with the power snatch and not nearly enough learning how to get under the bar. Currently I can power snatch 20lbs more than I can full snatch. This is a problem I need to work on reversing; heck, I'd even be pumped to get them close!
As I get more and more comfortable with the power snatch, the less it seems I want to work on the full snatch. In competition and in group class I know I can put big numbers up if I just power snatch rather than work on the full snatch. Plus, it's easier for me. Herein lies the problem; I am not going to get better or be able to lift more if I don't kick my butt back to the basics and work my way back up. For the last couple of months I have been spending every opportunity in class to work on the full snatch rather than the power, and though the progress is slow, I finally feel like I am getting somewhere.
It's also helpful that the coaches are really starting to notice if I power snatch instead of full snatch - they'll call me out on a no rep even if I've successfully power snatched. I appreciate this so much. It can be frustrating but it makes me better. It forces me to work on my weaknesses and that will make me stronger. Yesterday's class was such a breath of fresh air - it only had about a million and sixty two snatches. Chad watched as we all were lifting and came around giving helpful tips. I learned that I need to work on my separation from the bar between the hang and my hips. Though I only worked up to 80lbs for doubles yesterday, I felt great about them. My technique is getting there! It's not perfect but with every lift I can feel myself improving. I'm catching the load lower and it's going overhead easier; I feel steadier. Initially shifting the weight down so much to work on the full snatch was a blow to the ego, it sucks to go from 115lbs to 75-95lbs but it's so worth it. I am developing the skills I need to be a better crossfitter rather than putting huge numbers on the board. I think those numbers will come, but for now, it's time to work at it.
So I guess I have just learned that it's totally okay to go back to the basics. Everybody has to do it sometimes and there's no shame in it. If going back to the basics will make you better, don't question it, just do it!