Training Plan - Week 1

Week 1

This training plan was created by an NCAA certified strength and conditioning coach.

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Dumbbell Snatch (Parallel Stance)

What You'll Need
You guessed it: the hard surface you're standing on and a dumbbell.

Why You Should Be Doing This Exercise
Feel like improving every athletic attribute you have? Was that a resounding yes we heard? Then pick up a dumbbell, forget about bicep curls for a hot second, and embark on the snatch.

Grip one dumbbell in your hand with your palm facing the ground, and put it between your legs. You should be in the prototypical athletic position (yep you already know what we're talking about: knees bent, butt back, back straight… if you've seen it once you've seen it a million times)

The goal is to get that dumbbell from between your legs to over your head, as quickly as possible. Think: explosive by Dr. Dre ft. Nate Dogg. So you're going to simultaneously extend your hips and knees as if you're jumping with the weight. In the process you'll pull that dumbbell up and over your head. 

Once your arm is extended and the weight is over your head, and your feet under your shoulders, bring your newfound friend down to your should first, before bringing it back to the starting position. Your shoulders will be eternally grateful

Key Don'ts
When you're pulling the weight up towards the sky please try to pull it straight up so that the dumbbell is always in the same plane. Also, don't keep the weights above your head for too long… unless you're in a fight with your rotator cuff. Lastly, this exercise should be done as quickly as possible... so stop waiting around and get after it!