Started taking lessons on how to do the snatch (O.L.). One of the instructors said I should buy lifting shoes with a half-inch to three-quarter-inch elevation inside the heel.
Given that I am interested in doing the snatch (and maybe eventually the clean-and-jerk) just for exercise, and 99.99% probably not for competition: should I follow this advice and use lifting shoes; or should I continue using footwear that has my heel level with the front of my foot?
51 years old male; flexibility is not ideal but not terrible either. Overhead squat (with ridiculously light weight) in the bottom position with feet at hip width: my back is in an ok position according to the instructors, but my heels kind of float barely touching the floor unless I concentrate hard on pushing them down. (Back position and heel position are better with a wider stance.) I have done some complete snatches (with a ridiculously light weight) that the instructors said looked good. (When I bring myself under the weight, I end up in a squat position with a wider stance: so my heels feel reasonably solid on the floor. But maybe my balance might be less shaky with lifting shoes with elevated heels?)
Sometimes one knee or the other bothers me a little bit after I do front squats with level heels: that might be an argument against lifting with an elevated heel?
A) Get lifting shoes that elevate the heels, and do snatches & overhead squats exclusively with those?
B) Just stick with level heels, and focus on improving flexibility along with technique and strength?
C) Finish the current set of lessons with elevated heels; do another set of lessons later with level heels; and alternate elevated vs. level heels sessions for both snatches and overhead squats to alternate focus on strength vs. flexibility?
D) Work on snatches with elevated heels; but work on overhead squats (by themselves) with level heels?
I am guessing I would increase the weight I can use more quickly doing “A”. But I wonder if “A” would be tougher on my knees.
I am guessing I would increase the weight more slowly doing “B”; not sure how much more slowly: but maybe “B” would produce a more “natural” strength (i.e. strength through a full natural range of motion in all joints, not dependent on elevated heels)? Maybe “B” would also be easier on the knees?
“C” intuitively seems like it might be a good idea: but my combination of free time and self-discipline is such that I am only in the gym for a couple of hours or less per week, in addition to the snatch lessons. And I want to at least work on my pullups in addition to the snatch and overhead squats, during part of the time that I am in the gym.
“D” might be a more time-efficient and simpler way than “C” to combine some of the best of “A” and “B”. But is switching between the two types of shoes for snatches vs. overhead-squats-by-themselves a bad idea?
Thanks for any advice.