Arden,I don't think you really have to worry about keeping close to the bar during the 3rd pull. It is very important during the 2nd pull because the athlete can transfer much more force from the ground to the hands. A great lifter will always have the bar over the center of the foot during the 1st and 2nd pulls. But since no force is really being transfered to the bar during the 3rd pull (aka squat under phase) it isn't important to keep the bar close. I would change your focus to keeping the bar close to the body during the 1st and 2nd pulls and make sure I am catching the bar in a tight, upright position. If you are doing those things, then I wouldn't worry about body position releative to the bar during the 3rd pull.Take a look at the video on Youtube and see how far the bar is from the body during that phase of the lift in the elite lifters.
Arden, Jump up and jump down hasn't failed me yet. Once they learn how to lift I drop the jump up part and just worry about jumping down. It sounds like you may be focusing too much on it. Just relax, forget you have hands. Only worry about moving your body up then down. RyanP.S. remember to introduce yourself in Pittsburgh this weekend.
Good advice.When you really cock and pop as the bar comes up the lap and off the hip, the action makes a reaction that really takes your "neck to the bar". Think of it that way rather than bar-to-neck.Another way that works for many is to keep the elbows above the hands most of the way up, but draw them back rather than outward, whipping them upward rather than inward to secure the bar into your shldr rack.Stephan Botev was very much a good example of this.
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