From the first inch off the floor through the final extension and into the receiving position, there must be balance. If the athlete expects to be stable and/or transfer power to the barbell, balance is of utmost importance. This can be felt and developed and has subtle changes and shifts at different stages of both the snatch and the clean and jerk. Before addressing where the athlete’s balance needs to be in connection to the barbell, they are first asked to find it in their natural standing position. Closing the eyes provides a more tactile “feel” for this balance underfoot. Weight should be distributed across a flat full footed contact with the floor where the toes neither feel light (too far back) nor have to grip the floor (too far forward). This position is referred to as balanced midfoot and is where the majority of the lift should be spent. From the floor in both lifts the athlete should be biased slightly forward of this position in order to effectively drive the barbell off the floor while maintaining shoulder and hip positions. As the athlete progresses upward and before the second pull they should subtly shift back to the balanced midfoot position though the final upward extension. Paying close attention to balance in all phases of the Olympic lifts can give the lifter more control over power application and stability in receiving positions. Practice this control by taking warm up reps at ½ speed or adding pauses to ensure proper balance and transfer is achieved.