What day to do a Power Snatch?
There could be different intentions behind the question ‘What day to do a Power Snatch?’ The question could be, where to fit it into a split training routine? Should the Power Snatch be trained on an upper body day? With Shoulders and back? Or as a lower body lift?
Or should the Power Snatch be part of a whole-body training program?
Whatever option you chose for, there are important considerations you need to take into account, when deciding on what day to do Power Snatches.
This article and video discusses
- What day to do a Powers Snatch
- Important considerations for prioritizing what day to do the Power Snatch
The Power Snatch is one of the most demanding strength exercises you can do, even more, demanding than the Power Clean, consequently, you should ask yourself ‘What day to do the Power Snatch in my strength training program?’
Because the Power Snatch is so demanding, you should prioritize the Power Snatch in your strength training program.
What day to do the Power Snatch? Consider, that the Power Snatch is very demanding.
Not only is the Power Snatch technique very demanding from a skill level link but also demanding on a neurological level, metabolic level and on a mental level or psychological level.
- The complex Power Snatch technique, How to do a Power Snatch
- and how demanding the Power Snatch is in the article What Power Snatches do for you
In addition to that, the more advanced and the stronger you are, the more weight you can lift in the Power Snatch.
This higher weight you have to stabilize the weight over your head, which can be a scary thing.
Why is it a scary thing?
Because once in a while you ‘lose a lift’, which means you lose control over the weight that is right above your head.
Gravity dictates, that the weight goes down in a vertical line, also known as the line of gravity, and you have to get your body out of that vertical line.
For that reason, it’s not only important to dominate the Power Snatch technique to lift the weight, but also dominate the Power Snatch technique to lose the weight or how to drop the weight to the front or to the back.
How does all the information about how to demanding the Power Snatch help me to answer the question ‘What day to the Power Clean?’?
What day to do a Power Snatch in the training week?
Because of the high demand on the skill level, neurological level, metabolic level and mental level, it makes sense to do the Power Snatch early in the training week, when you are most fresh.
Therefore, chose the first day or second day of your training week to do the Power Snatch.
If you want to do the Power Snatch twice a week, consider changing the intensity, as well as the set and rep scheme.
You could do the heavier Power Snatch workout early in the training week, followed by a lighter Power Snatch workout later in the training week.
Because the Power Snatch is demanding, you need to allow enough rest in between the Power Snatch training sessions.
I would advise allowing 2 – 3 days of rest in between, so if you do the Power Snatch on day 1, do the Power Snatch training session on day 3 or 4.
I have outlined that concept in more detail in the article
That does not mean, you can’t train in between, however, I would recommend strength exercises or activities, that have a lesser impact on the nervous system.
What day to do Power Snatches and where to place the Power Snatch in your strength training session?
Now, that you know, what day to do the Power Snatch, the next question is, where to place the Power Snatch in the training session.
The same principle applies when you are most fresh.
When you plan your strength training sessions, place the Power Snatch as the first or one of the first exercises in your strength training workout.
This will allow to practice and train the Power Snatch without any constraints.
What do you mean with constraints?
As an example, if you would do the Power Snatch later in a strength training workout, you would be constrained by fatigue, which makes it more difficult to maintain proper Power Snatch technique.
Concluding What Day To Do A Power Snatch
The Power Snatch is one of the most demanding strength exercises you can do. It’s demanding on the skill level, the neurological level, the metabolic level and the mental or psychological level.
Therefore you want to practice and train the Power Snatch, when you are most fresh.
Do your Power Snatch workouts early in the training week and if you do 2 Power Snatch trainings a week, make sure you allow enough rest in between the 2 Power Snatch training sessions.
The same principle applies, when considering where to put the Power Snatch in your strength training workout. When you are most fresh.
Consequently, you need to do the Power Snatch as the first or one of the first strength training exercises in the daily strength training program.