Olympians Oleksiy Torokhtiy and Rebeka Koha Teach the Snatch

Say what you want, but we’re firm believers in the fact that there can never be enough exercise tutorials on the internet, especially on the snatch. Sometimes a cue can be explained and demonstrated multiples times before it clicks, and it just takes that one instance of understanding to make a breakthrough to solid progress moving forward.

Factor in that the snatch is an extremely technical movement, it makes sense that sometimes it takes multiple exposures before it’s fully understood by newer strength athletes. And for this reason, that’s why we loved Olympic gold medalist Oleksiy Torokhtiy’s recent beginner snatch tutorial on YouTube with Latvian weightlifter Rebeka Koha.

Torokhtiy (-105kg) won gold in London at the 2012 Olympics and Koha took home fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the -53kg weight class. That’s right, two accomplished Olympians in one weightlifting tutorial video, does it get any better? Even if you have the snatch on lock, it’s always nice seeing a different coach’s takes on performing the movement in different sections.

In the video, Torokhtiy walks through the many steps of establishing the ideal snatch with Koha as the example. The video is 12-minutes long and we highly recommend watching it all the way through, but if you’re crunched on time, then we’ll include a rough table of contents below!

Torokthtiy Beginner Snatch Timeline

  • :18-50-Seconds — Establishing your grip
  • 1-3-Minutes — Finding the correct overhead position
  • 3-4-Minutes — Performing the overhead squat
  • 4-5-Minutes — Muscle snatch & bar path
  • 5-8-Minutes — Second pull, drills, and postures
  • 8:30-10-Minutes — Starting position
  • 10-12-Minutes — Power snatch, full snatch, and snatch balance

Whether you’re a beginner (who this video is said to be for) or an experienced weightlifter, it’s always nice watching the snatch being broke down into multiple parts. This isn’t the first time we’ve written about one of Torokhtiy’s weightlifting tutorials, and if you want more — check them out below!

Feature image from Oleksiy Torokhtiy YouTube channel. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.