I am a big fan of the power clean discussion thread, so I figured I'd start a discussion for everyone elses favorite lift: The full snatch.
Anyone else here addicted? I love the feeling of pulling fast enough to throw a weight over my head.
I think the snatch may, IN SOME CASES, be even more beneficial for speed development than the clean. The execution periods are similar, however, the time to maximum velocity is much less, and the total power generated is second to no lift. The russians went through a great deal studying the relationship between time to peak force and maximal acceleration.
As a result, in sports requiring maximal acceleration (sprinting, jumping, most field sports at some time), the snatch may be an excellent tool.
While it may not resemble much in sport, who can argue that a more explosive posterior chain would be detrimental to athletic performance?