So would you say that the pull of a snatch is primarily quad movement instead of a hinge for most (or all) people?
I’m just wondering if this varies from person to person, or between different exercises with snatch grip (I.e., deadlift, high pull, power snatch, blocks vs hang, etc). In the article where it suggests to pick one press, one hinge, and one squat movement it looks like the power snatch/clean are presented as hinges.
I ask because I have been doing a snatch grip high pull blitz the past two weeks and to me I feel much more powerful if I think “hinge” when I do it rather than “quads.” And definitely athletes in the vertical jump vary between being quad dominant and hip dominant.
I know that Olympic lifting is reliant mostly on quads, but I had kinda figured that was do to the squatting portion of both events being a more common bottleneck. I only went for one coaching session but the coach wanted me to set up for the snatch with very high hips and tight hamstrings.[/quote]
The “hinge” action in the olympic lifts occurs in the second pull/explosion. The first pull is more like a squat.
Actually if you want to break it down precisely… for most people a snatch or clean is:
1st pull (floor to knee): squat
Readjustment (knees to hips) hip hinge
Explosion (from hips to projection) “squat” (actually more like an explosive leg extension/jumping action)
Now, in people with long limbs a snatch/clean can be more hips dominant but it’s still 3 different actions when it’s done properly.
So a snatch/clean is hard to classify, The reason I put them as a hinge is that in a snatch or clean the “squat” portion is relatively underloaded. For example even if you are a good snatcher your power snatch will be about 60% of your squat or 70% of your snatch deadlift… if you aren’t super efficient it will be closer to 45-50 and 55-65%… so the first pull isn’t really challenging.
Now, a snatch deadlift would be more of a squat and a high pull from blocks/hang would be more of a hinge (even though it still have the explosive final leg extension).