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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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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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Taking time off work to weight lift

I'm going to stop you in two places. First, this line: I want to take a week or more off work, to weightlift everyday, and increase my lifts as much as I can. At maximum, and this is if you're ...
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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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Arms too long to snatch properly

So, firstly, its a difficult issue to find good information on, simply because bent arms or "pulling early" is such a common rookie mistake. Generally, bent arms are indicative that a lifter is trying ...
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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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Snatch-grip Shoulder Rotation

Mike Burgener (Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach) uses the cue "Show your armpits" at the top of the snatch, meaning, as you suggest, you should put pressure on the bar as if bending ...
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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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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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Proposed Olympic/Power Routine To Meet Unusual Requirements

It sounds like you've done a lot of solid research. Your exercise selection and daily schedule looks sound. I'd personally switch incline bench with pull-ups, because 1) I have no desire to incline ...
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