Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Getting bigger from swings.

It's very odd. Since I stopped snatching and just do swing variations I swear my upper body has grown! I feel like I have pecs again, lol. The swing has more time under tension for the muscles than the snatch; on both the ascent and the descent.Plus there is no resting at any point in the movement so the TUT really goes up.A little rest goes a long way in a tough set.

But there is no where to rest in the swing and working to stay as linked as possible at all times really seems to be working the torso in a pretty unique way. Cool.


Royce said...

I think they do too, at least it feels that way.

Franz Snideman said...

Interesting Rif. I feel the snatch does a better job of building the upper back, would you agree?

taikei said...

Some one said high rep snatch makes you puke. Chances are higher with swing IMO.

I feel snatch passes by your torso, and gets to shoulder forearm. On the other hand, swing stays in torso area, is my very best knowledge from experience.

Anonymous said...

I just had a client say she prefers snatches to swings because of that rest at the top! She said, "snatches are easier." (Wait 'til we start doing them for time) ;)

Rob O'Brien said...


I like snatches because of the power and velocity involved but maybe I should try some high rep swings....when I get better!


Mark Reifkind said...


yes I agree. I am feeling the development more in the front( pecs,shoulders,arms).Still doing the snatch holds for the shoulder and upper back though.

agree also,since I stopped snatching I have very little bicep/shoulder pain,although I did not have those issues when I was snatching on my good shoulder, only my previously injured one.

Mark Reifkind said...


good to see you post!let me just say that rep snatches are no way easy,lol! but there is more total tension I think with them as there is NO resting anywhere.


they are great when your shoulders need a break and you still want to get in the conditioning as well as groove your swing form

Brett Jones said...

Swings rock! But do you really need to be bigger?

Mark Reifkind said...

LOL! Yea, that buck sixty is massive,lol!just a pleasant side effect.