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Monday, April 1, 2013

Bent armgate- Dr Herrera solves the mystery of my snatch

Yeah, I know, I started giggling, too, when I wrote the title.

I usually don't post free excerpts from Risto Sports Conferences, but this one is personal....

The Prelude

At the Arnold, another magical moment happened. I had this awesome snatch.  I have to be honest, I've actually snatched as much as 82kg in competition, so this snatch was not even a PR, but it felt like one.  It was so fast, so perfect.  It felt like I was suspended in the air, for seconds, by the bar, before I caught it. Then I caught the bar, and I woke up.  And, I stood up with it thinking, "I better make this lift" (yes, I'm working on positive self -talk).

Anyhow, I held it over head for three seconds, then placed it down for the down signal.  I don't know what came over me, but it was such a euphoric moment, that I had to Tebow to thank God and the Universe for having that moment of perfect resonance with the bar.  Plus, my bro, Carlos Andica, asked me if I would Tebow that day, because he missed it last year.

Suddenly, I had snatched the heaviest weight of my session. People were high fiving me in the warm-up room. Even the coaches of Neysi Barrera of Ecuador, even Diego Salazar, and Carlos Andica, himself were jubilated by my lift.

Then, afterwards, people kept congratulating Dr Herrera and me.  Even John North told me my snatches were fast.  On guy, who studied in Russia, commented that he had not seen a snatch like that since Galabin Boevski versus Markov at the 2000 Olympics, like he was watching a lifter at the Europeans. It was like I had won, I had transcended any other performance. It was crazy and wonderful to be happening.

The Technical stuff
HookGrip kindly posted this snatch sequence on their Facebook page.  I am proud to say that it got more shares than a photo of Fernando Reis's butt.
Ok, it got a lot of shares. It also got a lot of heated debate about the bending of my arms.   I, honestly, can do a technical breakdown for you and the great and Ok things I did in this lift-- and, why not leave this to the expert!

Because hookgrip posted the sequence for free, I'm posting a free excerpt of Risto Sports' last seminar, where Dr. Herrera did a technical analysis of this lift.  You can watch and decide for yourself on "Bentarmgate"  :



The seminar this originally appeared in covered over 12 hours of content--this is just a 3 minute excerpt.

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