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Coach B, I've been seeing alot more technique involving this "hit and catch" technique and have noticed the arching travel of the bar. Why are coaches teaching this? I learned directly from you about "jumping the bar up" creating a more Vertical path. Help with this topic?

I am not quite sure why coaches teach that technique...All I can say is different strokes for different folks! We do not teach it that way because of exactly what you observed...arching travel of the bar. Yes, there is going to be contact with the bar and your hips but it is more of a brush, not a hit/bang. We want vertical hips and to keep the bar as close to the body as possible. With a great finish that is up AND back, you can't go wrong!
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