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The Weightlifter's Guide to The Snatch E-Book


You will be introduced to a layered dissection of snatch technique, from mechanics to movement basics. The teaching progression and analysis process used in the book is exactly what Max and Josh use working with athletes of all calibers.


Along with technique, there is a large portion of the book dedicated to programming. This section provides athletes and coaches with the skills to write training plans that maximize movement efficiency, drive improvements in results, and establish a system to manage themselves or an entire team.

The book is delivered as a PDF file – the download link will be available after purchase and will also be emailed to you.

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Length: 120 pages
Format: PDF (or specify any other formats available)
Media: Dozens of images complete with annotations, as well as explanation videos to understand all of the concepts included within the book

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The e-book is delivered as a PDF file – the download link will be available after purchase and will also be emailed to you.

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    Topics covered:

    • The history of the snatch (1896 to present)
    • Teaching the snatch
    • Movement mechanics and styles of technique
    • Beginner and intermediate programming
    • Creating your own training plan
    • Defining volume landmarks
    • RPE
    • Coaching the snatch
    • Cueing
    • Spotting and correcting movement errors

    About the authors

    • Max Aita

      Max Aita has been a prominent figure in weightlifting and powerlifting for over 20 years. As an athlete, Max trained under legendary coaches like Steve Gough (USA), Ivan Abadjiev (BUL), and Boris Sheiko (RUS). As a coach, he has developed some of the best athletes in the United States, producing 5 separate Senior American Record holders. His coaching achievements include:

      • Senior American Open Champions and Medalists
      • Senior National Champions and Medalists
      • Pan-Am Medalist
      • World Team Member
      • Senior American Record Holders
      • Masters National Champions
      • Masters World Champions
      • Masters World Games Champions
      • Masters World Record Holders
    • Joshua Gibson

      Joshua Gibson brings nearly a decade of experience in weightlifting and powerlifting. He has worked with top American coaches, including Max Aita and Glenn Pendlay. Joshua holds a Master’s degree in Applied Sport Science and Coach Education from East Tennessee State University and is a PhD student at West Virginia University studying under Dr. Guy Hornsby. His coaching accomplishments include:

      • Top 10 at Nationals in both USAPL and USAW
      • Best Overall Female at 2024 Central + Midwest Regionals
      • Ohio and California State Record Holders
      • Masters National Record Holder 

      Additionally, Joshua hosts the Philosophical Weightlifting podcast, with 250,000 downloads, and co-hosts the Coachlogik podcast.

    From the author

    “The purpose of this book was to provide athletes and coaches with a visceral understanding of the most difficult movement to be performed with a barbell. To lift up the veil, providing the weightlifting world with an airtight teaching progression, details of how to maximize results in the snatch, along with a comprehensive list of errors and how to program for and correct them, has been quite the undertaking, but one that needed to be done. Anyone who reads this book from cover to cover will come away with far more than they could have hoped, building a more thorough understanding of our great sport.”

    – Joshua Gibson

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