Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The barbell...what a great tool!

Here I am doing a transverse plane power snatch; something you can't do with a olympic bar.  The bar is shorter, thinner, and the plates are welded on.  Of course you could do the same exercise with dumbbells, but the barbell adds a bit of horizontal drag to it that enhances the movement.  Because the hands are fixed, it really challanges the rib cage, scapulae, and core. Instead of just letting the bar drop, I'm pulling it back to the starting position to increase the speed of the bar and get as many reps as possible in 10s.