During the snatch and the clean and jerk the barbell is lifted from the floor using a powerful leg drive, while the back is held in extension and the arms remain straight and relaxed. As the barbell proceeds upwards past the mid thigh the athlete initiates their second pull or final extension. At this point the ankles, knees, and hips forcefully extend vertically. The placement of the barbell in close proximity to the body during this phase will have the greatest amount of force transfer. In this respect, we want the barbell in contact with the body at the moment of final extension. For the snatch this means contact at the hip crease and for the clean it is the mid to upper thigh. This difference is solely due to the change of grip width for the two lifts. Contact with the body is not to be confused with impact from the hips or thighs. Any horizontal displacement of the barbell due to an impact force from the hips extending will negatively impact the bar path and resulting receiving position. Practice guiding the bar to your desired contact position during snatch or clean deadlifts and pulls. This allows proper timing and bar direction to be practiced without the necessity of completing the entire lift.