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Why do Olympic weightlifters not wear a belt for snatch?

The factors limiting how much one can lift in the snatch vs the clean and jerk are different. A snatch attempt will be failed if either of the following occur: the bar is not pulled high enough for ...
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How can we be balanced during a snatch?

He isn't. If you tried to grab a bar in that position, you just wouldn't be able to, physics would object. Even your first picture, I'd argue that he's not exactly "balanced" as I believe ...
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Should the barbell touch my shins in deadlift?

Like most areas of fitness, it's pretty easy to find conflicting advice. That said, I think most would agree that keeping the bar as close as possible to the legs on the way up allows you to lift more ...
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Is there a technical reason why small plates go on the outside of the collars?

Laziness? There's not much risk of injury or loss of balance if smaller plates move around, having to take the collar on and off when doing drop/up sets is a pain when you are on a schedule.
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Center-less barbell. Would it be the same?

Ridigity is only one issue. Center of mass is the other, and unless such a contraption either has negligible mass, or has its center of mass in the plane of movement, it will induce additional torque ...
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Why did many lifters of the past use to lower the bar in their clean/snatch whilst now they drop it?

Rubber "bumper" plates were not invented until 1967.1,2 Prior to that, only steel and iron plates were available, and dropping those from overhead would likely damage the equipment or ...
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Avoid hitting forehead in snatch

TL;DR: The "technique" consists of two primary things: Keep your head far enough back. Don't start the duck-under too early. The head should be under the bar roughly at the bar's max height ...
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Is the hook grip as effective as the bulldog grip in press/jerk movements?

First, it should be noted that while hook grip is almost ubiquitous in the clean, Olympic lifters generally change their grip after completing the clean, and do not actually keep the hook grip in ...
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Center-less barbell. Would it be the same?

From the point of a physicist, no, it would definitely not be the same. I cannot think of any position for that this would be stable, without taking much effort. Above the head: Keeping the fancybar ...
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Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting: How much does height affect strength?

I can't speak for weightlifting as I'm by no means educated on it all. In regards to powerlifting though, there is a general theory of 'you are x height so should compete in x weight class'. It's not ...
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Optimal body dimensions for Olympic weightlifting?

The most successfull general body type for Olympic lifters (especially lighter weight classes) is an Endomporph. Endomorphs are characterized as having short limbs and more normal length torsos, ...
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Can Deadlifts be used as a supplement to increase squats PR?

Yes, deadlift improvements can contribute to squat improvements. Both of these barbell movements train the back and legs. However, please consider "The First Three Questions" whenever you see less ...
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Is there a technical reason why small plates go on the outside of the collars?

In addition to laziness, I’ve seen this done in meets to save time (and the loaders’ grips) when the bar is being gradually loaded with many incremental increases.
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Is there a technical reason why small plates go on the outside of the collars?

From personal experience from a couple of gyms (and admittedly this may not always be the case), if the plates are smaller rubber ones, then they actually fit very tightly onto the bar so despite the ...
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Power Clean Form Check (and technique questions)

I'm going to preface this by saying, I'm not a weightlifting coach. I've trained the power clean a bit, but not a whole hell of a lot, so take what I say with a pinch of salt. Why is my rack position ...
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Why do weightlifters (Olympic) get better at weightlifting while staying at the same weight-class?

First, Olympic weightlifting is extremely technical, and the development of strength for Olympic weightlifting is, to an enormous degree, a function of technical mastery. For the layperson and ...
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Why do weightlifters (Olympic) get better at weightlifting while staying at the same weight-class?

Because muscles can get stronger without getting bigger. That's it. The lifter is the same size, but because they lifted progressively heavier weights over time without eating such that they gained ...
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Why do many people start the Snatch with a very upright torso?

In the snatch, horizontal motion of the bar must be limited to keep from losing it behind. The hip hinge is usually the cause of most horizontal motion. Keeping the hips low allows the lifter to ...
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Unable to catch the Clean

Catching the bar on your chest can be caused by any of the options you laid out in your question. From your video, it seems that you are trying to pull the bar too high, and allowing your forearms to ...
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Snatch: Mind Cues to Improve Hip Contact and Prevent Bar Swinging Forwards

1: The main cues I recommend is thinking about aligning your hips and shoulders at the end of the pull. Hip extension and knee extension should be simultaneous and your glutes should reach full ...
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Third pull of power clean: powerful jump vs arms pull vs thighs pull

I think pushing with thighs is potentially very problematic because it might cause the bar to move horizontally which you don't want. Rising with the heels without jumping too much is the general ...
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Muscle Snatch: elementary analysis

I see also that the legs do not seem to boost the lift, as Oleksiy Torokhtiy keeps his feet entirely on the floor. If by "boost", you mean that the legs are used explosively to pull the bar ...
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Should the barbell touch my shins in deadlift?

In sumo your shoulders need to be above and not in front of the bar like conventional. The bar can be in light contact with the shins to insure a vertical bar path as in not moving away from your body....
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How many weightlifting styles are there?

There are a few different variables that make the “style”. For instance, there is the dynamic start vs static start| starting hip/ back angles| hip/back angle at the hip | if you are making contact/ ...
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What training approach should I have to miss gym for 2 months?

High rep hypertrophy work will not only retain muscle, but will also condition your musculature to get ready for heavy lifting after the break. Lifting in only low rep ranges is suboptimal, especially ...
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What training approach should I have to miss gym for 2 months?

1) If you will not have access to heavier weights, I think you will likely have to increase your rep range. Another thing that you can do is look for exercise modifications that will increase the ...
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Should I deload? When should I deload? And, how should I deload?

Deloading should, ideally, be planned and deliberate part of a training cycle. It typically happens every 4-8 weeks depending on fitness level and training intensity. The idea is to give the body an ...
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Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?

I didn't read through everyone's TL;DR. Easy answer: one leg is longer than the other significantly enough. He has addressed it in a snatch video tutorial and I went to his weightlifting course ...
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Aesthetic accessory routine for Olympic Weightlifting?

I'd recommend that you pick the muscles you think are lacking and work those. Small Biceps? 4x10-15 (4 sets of 10-15 reps) of Hammer/Barbell Curls. Tiny shoulders? 4x10-15 of Strict Press/Face ...
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