The first priority for coaches and athletes is bar control - having quick hips and being explosive does us no good if we cannot control the path of the bar. That path should start, and remain with the bar above the feet (vertically speaking) from start to finish. Unfortunately, there is an overemphasis of the hips, which potentially causes the bar to loop far around the body. Performing this ‘loop’ makes the bar feel heavy and forces the athlete to chase the bar. Keeping the barbell above the area of the feet gives the athlete more control  allowing speed to be implemented with greater success.

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