Bob Takano

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Do you know how much heavier than your clean and jerk your back squat should be? And do you know why this is important? Let's look over the numbers so you can check your training plan.
Former U.S. National Team member Emmy Vargas performs a proper snatch extension. This a great movement to develop power and technique.
Although many lifters would love to have the technical proficiency demonstrated in this lift, I found a couple of points that could make it even better next time around.
The shift from the pull to the knees to the power position is one of the most difficult aspects of coaching technique. Here's a simple exercise to teach the feeling of this movement.
This exercise from coach Bob Takano is for those who have difficulty conceptualizing the catch portion of the snatch. 
An important ratio for a weightlifter to know is the ratio of the snatch to the clean and jerk. I'm going to tell you why it's important and how to make appropriate training adjustments.
The following exercise employs the weight of a barbell to increase the stress on the achilles tendon.
This variant is especially help for those lifters learning the proper snatch pulling technique from the floor, which is the most difficult portion of the lift to master.
This exercise is especially valuable for those athletes that have difficulty placing the jerk directly overhead due to range of motion issues, but mainly due to improper conceptualization.
Don't get too excited if you can lift a PVC pipe with perfect form. Learning good technique is just a first stop on the road to weightlifting success, not an end in itself.
The Good Morning is an exceptional exercise for stretching the hamstrings, and in some cases the ankles. It is also help for developing the hamstrings for athletic movements.
Coaching cues should be simple and understandable. Learn how to break your cues down into learnable chunks and how to apply these cues both in the training room and on the competition platform.