Weightlifting is a sport centered on the athlete’s ability to lift a weight overhead. In order to lift the most weight possible, a lower and more stable receiving position will always accommodate more weight than an unstable one. For both the snatch and the clean, the receiving position should be the bottom of the squat (knee joint fully closed) with the chest and torso as upright as possible. New athletes to the sport must recognize this requirement and pay due diligence to developing these positions if they face any restrictions due to flexibility or strength. Working around these positions will always compromise the end result and will leave the lifter unable to complete the lifts as they are intended. If you are an athlete beginning your career in weightlifting or merely using the lifts as a supplement to another sport or program, the single biggest gain you can make in regards to kilos on the bar will be had by focusing on the positions in which you receive the bar and building a solid foundation on which to train and improve upon.