When approaching the bar to begin a lift there is a large sequence of adjustments an athlete must go through to achieve a good starting position. Taking a certain hand placement on the bar to the tension felt through the back all account for the steps and rituals athletes use to attempt to make the start position consistent. One of the more overlooked steps in this setup are where to look and how that affects the lift overall. When the lifter has taken a start position for either the snatch or clean and jerk the head and eyes should be directed straight ahead or slightly elevated above the horizon. This position helps the full extension of the back, but maintaining this focal point with the eyes also reduces loss of balance throughout the lift. Oftentimes at local or national competitions you will see the lifters go through a mock set up on the competition platform so that they get a feel for where they will be and where they can focus their eyes ahead of them that is free of distractions. Practice this in training by making a small “X” out of chalk or tape on the opposite wall 5 or 6 feet from the floor. While setting up and performing the lift attempt to keep your eyes focused on the mark and you will notice a greater control of the bar and increased proprioception of where you are in space as you perform the lift.