The Snatch is one of the most common exercises within the CrossFit community. It’s the world’s fastest lift, and some may argue it to be one of the hardest. What many don’t know is that the Snatch is an excellent skill developer that can provide your with body with a significant amount of benefits.
Check out these six advantages!
1) Better Posture
The Snatch improves the entire posterior chain- helping you attain the best posture possible. When done correctly, your shoulders should be rolled back, your core should be tight and your back should be straight. By completing this exercise multiple times, better posture is created through muscle memory.
2) Quicker Reflexes
For all of those who have ever observed this exercise, you know that the Snatch happens in a mater of seconds. This provides a very brief moment in which you have time to pull yourself under the bar, while also jumping underneath it to catch it. This method requires a very swift reaction time, a skill that is further developed the more times this move is performed.
3) Higher Jump
The Snatch requires a swift jumping movement with the force of a significant amount of added resistance. This can not only improve the height of your vertical jump, but works better at advancing this skill than box jumps or other polymeric exercises.
4) Better Coordination
This move forces you to stop, change your direction, and continue the movement in a very brief amount of time. This movement process range helps further develop agility and can also help you be lighter on your feet.
5) Toner Body
The Snatch requires an immense amount of force and speed. Overall, it primarily expends a significant amount of energy. This expenditure increases your body’s metabolism significantly, which in turns burns a great amount of fat.
6) More Flexible
This move engages your shoulders, hips and ankles more than most exercises. It challenges your range of motion, and expands it the more times this exercise is performed- leading to greater flexibility.