Analyzing the bar path is a quick and easy way for the coach or...
Analyzing the bar path is a quick and easy way for the coach or athlete to start painting a picture of how the athlete is moving. The bar path tells it’s own story based on the trajectory.
The bar path will usually express some “S” like shape (some coaches like to call it a straight pull, but there’s still some wave to it). Maintaining balance in the foot along with proper sequential initiation of the body starting with the legs then moving to the hips, back and shoulders will result in a bar path that’s tight while optimizing the levers of the body.
If the bar is swinging out wildly at any point, this can be quickly identified when viewed from profile and proper steps can be taken to adjust the technique.
There are apps available (Ubersense, Coach’s Eye, BarSense, etc) where you can pay a few bucks and download for slow-mo replay and to draw fancy colorful lines, but I find using my headset to quickly line the wire at the point of separation of the barbell works equally as well when I’m coaching on the spot. Feel free to try for yourself using this video of Visily Polovnikov (@polovnikovvasiliy) hitting a very solid snatch.
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