Coach B and my favorite Pat Sherwood talking about the 1st pull and full hip extension!
The criticism apparently is that we lift so much that it would detract from the development of other skills.The reality is that the lifting we do is a developer of overall athleticism, and this athleticism carries over to all of the skills of our greater sport. Ryan Sunshine has a 240# Snatch @ 20 years-old)—he just maxed out at 24 unbroken Muscle-Ups. Spencer Arnold has an American Open podium—he also has 24 unbroken Muscle-Ups. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet has a nearly double-bodyweight Clean & Jerk—she has…well, here:
What do we see in this video? Violent hip extension. She keeps the arms long and loose until the power is transferred vertically. Incredible speed and turnover with the elbows. What does all that sound like to you? I’m not trying to argue that if you can’t Snatch, you can’t do Muscle-Ups, but—if adequate time is taken to develop both disciplines—it will never hurt
We program, practice the technique of, and generally revere the lifts for the overall kinesthetic development they provide our athletes. Kinesthetic awareness is paramount in a sport that rewards efficiency over brute effort. We believe that even the accessory lifts….(KB Snatches, Good Mornings,)…. have massive carryover for our athletes. Our best Front Squatters—who generally have the biggest Cleans—have the easiest time with tasks such as Wall Ball, and Thrusters. These are things that can be developed by simple repetition, but if the practice of the lifts, and their accessories, can help develop them with less toil, then we have an obvious elixir that can improve athletes in a multi-faceted and expedient manner.