The snatch can help you build muscle and burn fat, but it's also one of the most difficult exercises to learn, says Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S.
- Jump and land; your landing stance is the starting position.
- A "hook" grip helps you lift more weight. Wrap your index and middle fingers over your thumb instead of placing your thumb over your fingers. (See even bigger gains with these secrets to a rock-solid grip.)
- Bend your knees slightly and lean forward at your hips, making sure your lower back remains slightly arched.
- Keep your hips above your knees.
- Pull your shoulders in the direction of your hips; doing this helps stabilize your shoulder blades.
- Simultaneously bend your elbow and pull the weight up, rising onto your toes. Keep the weight close to your body as you push your hips forward and straighten your knees—as if you're jumping.
- Let your forearm rotate up and back from the momentum of the lift as you drop into a shallow squat (not shown). Then imagine that you're trying to throw the weight at the ceiling. (But don't let go!)
- When your arm is fully extended overhead, it should line up just behind your ear. Positioning it too far behind your head can hyperextend your lower back and hurt you. If you feel those aches coming on, try one these six foolproof treatments to banish back pain forever.