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Greg Everett


Coach of Catalyst Athletics. Author of Tough & Olympic Weightlifting.

The tendency will be to shift to the heels and bring the shoulders too far back to avoid the difficulty and discomfort of the correct pause position. Reduce the weight if you’re unable to do it correctly—incorrect balance and position at the top defeats the purpose.

The floating halting snatch deadlift on riser strengthens the ability of the lifter to stay over the bar longer in the pull, strengthens the ability to keep the bar close to the body when the shoulders are in front of it, and reinforces proper balance. The float increases the strengthening of the start and pull from the floor, and improves posture and balance—using a riser allows the float to be at the full starting position depth rather than slightly higher as it would be standing on the floor.

Generally the floating halting snatch deadlift on riser should be done for 2-6 reps per set with a 2-3 second pause and anywhere from 70%-100% of the lifter’s best snatch depending on the lifter and how it fits into the program. Loading will be significantly less than a lifter is capable of managing with a snatch deadlift. In any case, the weight should not exceed what the lifter can do with proper positioning or it is failing to achieve the intended purpose. As a heavy strength exercise, it should normally be placed toward the end of a workout but before squats.

The floating halting snatch deadlift on riser can be performed with the pause at different positions, and with slow eccentrics or concentrics.

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