Snatch & Back Squats.
I think by this point I've made it pretty clear that my favorite part of Crossfit is the lifting. It's not something I've ever done before, and as I slowly increase the weight I'm able to carry I feel a great since of achievement. With all my social media postings of lifts and yoga I feel a bit silly. Who really cares if I've learned how to do a snatch? But then I think, well I care. I don't have a puppy or a child. My contribution to the time vacuum that is social media is fitness posts. I hope you find them as mildly interesting as I find your child.
On Wednesday we worked on back squats at Crossfit Blackfriars, and on Thursday we worked on the snatch. I like back squats. I'm feel I'm pretty good at them and the technique is pretty easy to grasp. Chest up, abs tight. drive through the heels. The snatch is just weird. Nothing about it feels intuitive to me. You lift the weight off the ground and fling it up over your head. It's a little more complicated than that, but that's what it feels like. When I first saw someone do it, I didn't think they were bending they're arms at all. You do though. You lift the bar off the floor and as it reaches your chest you flip it, and over your head it goes. If it sounds weird it's because it is. I'm probably not explaining it well. Forgive me, I'm not a Crossfit aficionado. I'm simply a humble student trying to figure this out.
Doing a back squat is immediately satisfying. If the back squat is baked chicken; delicious, satisfying, and easily prepared. The snatch is tuna au poivre. The idea is simple, but in order to execute it perfectly a person needs to do many small things correctly. If you screw up one thing, it's ruined. That's probably why I find the snatch frustrating. There's no hiding from it. If my technique is off I drop the bar. This is the lift that shows me my weaknesses. I feel the back squat highlights my strengths. Which is just that, strength. I feel like I'm waiting for my technique to catch up to it then I'll be able to lift heavier. When I do hit the snatch it feels good. But the reps that is does are far between. But I'll keep working on it, and the gap will close. Till then; I'll continue to become giddy whenever the back squats show up of the white board, and slightly nervous about the snatch.