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Secrets of the Squat Snatch

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Secrets of the Squat Snatch

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Mar 19, 2018


Secrets of the Squat Snatch is the ideal manual for anyone wishing to quickly learn or improve his or her technique on the most elegant movement in Olympic sports. Whether your goal is wining Olympic Gold or just enhancing your explosive muscular power for other good and just purposes, this manual, with or without a coach, is your ideal guide. This Vintage Edition is the world’s most authoritatively endorsed book on its subject.
Mar 19, 2018

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Secrets of the Squat Snatch - Peter George

Prior to beginning any exercise program, you must consult with your physician. You must also consult your physician before increasing the intensity of your training.

Any application of the recommended material in this book is at the sole risk of the reader, and at the reader’s discretion. Responsibility for any injuries or other adverse effects resulting from the application of information provided within this book is expressly disclaimed.

Published by Gatekeeper Press

3971 Hoover Rd. Suite 77

Columbus, OH 43123-2839

Copyright © 2017 by Dr. Peter George

All rights reserved. Neither this book, nor any parts within it may be sold or reproduced in any form without permission.

ISBN: 9781619846852

eISBN: 9781619846869

LCCN: 2017941398


(Vintage Edition)

This Vintage Edition of the Secrets of the Squat Snatch is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend, teammate and history’s greatest weightlifter, Tommy Kono (June 27, 1930-April 24, 2016). Tommy, in 1950, purchased one of the first copies of this book. In the last twenty years, he kept urging me to reprint it. I wish I had done it sooner.

Figure 1. Teammates, Peter George with Tommy Kono in Helsinki prior to 1952 Olympics.

Authoritative Reviews and Praise for the

Vintage Edition of the

Secrets of the Squat Snatch

Revised the history of Olympic weightlifting

When in the history of a sport there are major revelations that lead to change, it’s a historical moment. Thus the topic of Dr. Pete George’s book—written by one of the greatest lifters in the history of our sport—highlights an exceptional moment in time for weightlifting. The switch from the split to squat style in the snatch created an enduring evolution in the lift and led to incredible progress in understanding, advances in the study of WL mechanics and technique, and performance as demonstrated by the increasing amounts of weight lifted. The re-release of this book is a reminder of the significance of such moments in time and a must read and addition to any weightlifter and halterophile’s collection of literature and historical materials.

—Ursula Garza Papandrea, President USA Weightlifting, Vice President International Weightlifting Federation, competed in four world championships and is the first and only woman to attain USA Weightlifting’s Senior International Coach status. She is part of the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification Staff since 2009.

Myth of muscle bound debunked

The updated reissue by Dr. Pete George of Secrets of the Squat Snatch, which was a ground-breaking book when it was published in 1950, is a significant addition to serious books about the technical aspects of weightlifting—one of the original Olympic sports. In Secrets, George explains how serendipitous it was that he and his two brothers—Jim (the younger) and George (the older)—came under the influence of the three Barnholth Brothers, a similarly unique set of siblings who founded a gym they proudly named The American College of Modern Weightlifting. What made the College—and Secrets—so historically important to competitive weightlifting as well as to the development of resistance training for athletes is that it explained in specific and accurate detail the most biomechanically efficient method of performing a two hand snatch and, in so doing, how to develop explosive power most effectively.

When the George brothers and the Barnholth brothers were laying the foundations of squat-style lifting, two beliefs were dominant in the iron game—1) that split-style lifting was superior to squat-style lifting as a way of elevating the most weight in both the snatch and the clean and jerk and, 2) heavy lifting of any sort was almost universally opposed by sports coaches and exercise scientists, who believed that such lifting would render an athlete slower, less flexible,

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