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Snatch High-Pull On Riser
AKA Deficit snatch high-pull

The snatch high-pull on riser is simply a snatch high-pull performed while standing on an elevated platform.
Set the snatch starting position tightly—it should be the same as from the floor, but with more knee and hip flexion. In other words, the same back angle but deeper—don’t simply hinge more at the hips.
Push with the legs through the whole foot against the floor similarly to a squat. Maintain even balance over the whole foot and actively keep the bar as close to the legs as possible, and maintain approximately the same back angle until the bar is past the knees. Once at lower to mid-thigh, open the hips explosively while driving vertically with the legs even harder to accelerate maximally.
Extend the entire body approximately vertically—don’t try to mimic the hyperextension of the hips we would have in an actual snatch. As the legs and hips finish extending, shrug up and back and continue immediately and fluidly into pulling the elbows up and out toward the sides, keeping the bar against the body—never let the bar move away. Focus on lifting the elbows rather than the bar in order to ensure proper movement and proximity. Depending on the weight, the elbows may not actually reach maximal height, but that is always the goal to ensure proper motion and effort.
Keep the entire body tight and continue pushing against the floor until the bar stops moving up, then follow it down by dropping to flat feet. Try to keep the trunk vertical at the top rather than allowing the pull of the arms to cause you to lean forward to the bar.
Riser heights do not need to be and should not be very high—3 inches is generally as high as you ever need to go. Too high, and it’s impossible to establish proper back extension in the starting position, which largely defeats the purpose.
The snatch high-pull is an exercise for training strength, speed, power, posture and balance in the extension of the snatch in the same way the snatch pull does, but with the added training of the mechanics and strength of the arms that will be used in the third pull, and the timing of the transition between the effort of the lower and upper body. Because of the continued upward pull to maximal height, the snatch high-pull also helps reinforce more aggressive, complete and vertically-oriented extension. Pulling from a riser emphasizes strength in the initial pull from the floor and the ability to maintain proper posture with heavy weights, and can help lifters finish the pulls of their snatches better.
Generally the snatch high-pull on riser should be done for 2-5 reps per set anywhere from 70%-90% of the lifter’s best snatch. High-pulls can still be prescribed with heavier weights as long as true maximal elbow height is not desired. As a strength exercise, it should be placed toward the end of a workout, but because it also involves some speed and technique, it’s generally best placed before more basic strength work like squats.

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