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Upper Body Strength


In the place I train there are 2 girls few kgs heavier than me (I'm about 72kg). Our back squat number is approximately the same (around 110kg) but they can only snatch 60kg after training for more than 2 years while my recent snatch PB is 75kg. The same thing also happens with c&j. I certainly have far less experience than them and my technique is also worse.

That makes me wonder about what makes me to be able to snatch/c&j heavier weight. My theory is because I have greater upper body strength and better upper body structure to receive the weight like most males do. If it's correct then it's indeed important to directly train your upper body to be stronger. Unfortunately there's no way to change your frame. So it's now become clearer to me why I need to train my upper body. But will there be a limit to this where I can ditch upper body training and just squat, snatch, and clean and jerk like the bulgarians do? What do you think?


there could be any number of reasons why you'd out lift them. when i first started i out lifted many ppl that were stronger and had better tech than me mostly bc i was quicker and more fearless getting under the bar. a strong upper body can help stabilize the overhead positions if you develop it in the right way.

any don't be afraid to keep other exercises in the workout...my coach says she finds females lift better and keep healthier joints if they add in a bit more bbing


I dunno let me see what Klokov has to say.....

Looks like he says get jacked