After warming up at the local 24 hour gym, I loaded up a barbell on a flat bench station to prepare for the snatch. I was about to put the barbell on the floor when a geezer on the bench press station next to me says, “I’ve seen you work out and you shouldn’t do the snap because it’s dangerous!”
At this point I have not performed even a single snatch rep yet but this guy already knows that it will be dangerous. I look over at him and ask “If it’s so dangerous, where should I do them?” He points over at the power and squat rack. I don’t use the racks because I can snatch from the floor whereas someone who wants to squat heavy needs the rack(s).
Here’s where it gets strange. He adds “You should have a spotter so you don’t hurt someone when you do the snap.” That was the first time I’ve heard :
- the snatch called a snap; and
- that you need a spotter to snatch
So I laugh at him. He didn’t seem to take this very well and said “It’s not funny. You need a spotter so the new guys don’t get hurt when you snap.” I didn’t want to deal with this individual so I went to another 24 hour gym nearby to get my training done. As I left I saw him talking animatedly with a personal trainer.
Couple of things I figure I can do the next time something like this happens:
Ignore him but continue taking the necessary precautions, e.g., set up with adequate space, make sure nobody is walking into the bar path before commencing etc.
Talk it over with the personal training staff to explain the exercise.
For those who have encountered similar problems, what have you done to remedy the situation?