The tall snatch is an abbreviated Snatch variation where the pull under the bar is isolated.
Stand tall with a snatch-width grip, the bar hanging at arms’ length and the feet under the hips. Pull the elbows up and out aggressively, and pick up the feet. Pull yourself down as quickly as possible while replacing your feet flat on the floor in your receiving position and locking the bar overhead in a squat. Attempt to get the bar locked out overhead as quickly as possible, although it will be near the bottom of the squat.
This exercise is very intimidating at first and seems impossible. Get set and go immediately—the longer you stand and think about it, the harder it will seem.
The tall snatch can help train and reinforce the proper mechanics of the pull under the bar, and train speed, aggressiveness, confidence and precision in the turnover.
The tall snatch can be started on flat feet, or standing up on the balls of the feet.