Now, I know what you're all thinking.... HOLY SH*T that's impressive. And no doubt it is. But don't worry, we don't expect everyone who walks into our gym to be able to snatch heavy weight with one arm. Derick is an experienced and very well trained CrossFit coach and athlete. We are the first to tell you not to try this unsupervised and without the proper coaching and experience.
So why is this impressive? Well besides the obvious it's really a matter of great technique executed to perfection. CrossFit uses fundamental movements that follow the "core to extremity" movement pattern. Meaning, the origin of power starts with the core and moves outward to the extremities. You are able to generate a great deal of power by using your hips. As you will find in CrossFit workouts (and movements) power is generated with the hips, full extension of the hips to be exact. Try jumping off the ground without fully extending your hips (so remain kind of bent over/ hinged at the waist). Compare this to the height you get when you fully extend through the hips. A much higher vertical jump, right? This concept applies when looking at Olympic or Power lifts, such as the Snatch. Derick did not bicep curl up 105 lbs then press it (although I'm sure he could if you asked him to). He generated power in his core (hips) and was able to move a moderately heavy amount of weight efficiently.
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