I'll take this video of Oleksiy Torokhtiy as reference.
I have some simple questions about this movement.
- As far as I'm concerned, the legs do not flex after the pull is complete like in a Snatch, but thei remain straight. I see also that the legs do not seem to boost the lift, as Oleksiy Torokhtiy keeps his feet entirely on the floor. So my first question is: providing that the legs do not boost the lift, should the upper body boost it with an explosive movement, or should the upper body perform it in a slow and controlled way (with the purpose of maximizing the upper body strength)? Simply put, does the Muscle Snatch belong to the black part or to the white part in the following Yin and Yang scheme from Starting Strength?
After the "deadlift" phase, which are the involved muscles? I'd say front and lat delts (I imagine there is a component of both frontal and lateral raises), the upper traps (shrugs), the lower traps and serratus anterior (scapula upwards rotation). Do the pull muscles (biceps, lats, rear delts etc) do some work on the way up? Which muscles perform the elbow rotation around the bar?
Let's consider the following screenshot: isn't such a critical position for the wrists (flexed) and elbows (floating and flaring)? If I were to keep my elbows in such a position with a weight, I'll suffer a lot. I understand that this is an instant of the muscle snatch, but is it safe?