There are many benefits to performing snatch and clean pulls. A pull is performing the portion of the lift from the floor up to, and including the final extension upwards without the turnover or subsequent catch position. Focusing on this segment allows the lifter to hold a greater focus on position, speed, and timing so that adding the turnover to complete the lift becomes more routine. However, the manner in which the athlete performs these pulls can also adversely affect the outcome of the full lift if they are not done properly. It is of utmost importance to maintain a shoulder position that remains on top of and guides the barbell’s path. Swinging the shoulders backwards will create a hip thrust and push the bar out away from the athlete. The shoulders, while remaining on top of the bar, should rise quickly due to the final upward drive from the legs and hips. Grip on the bar should be maintained throughout the lift so that balance may be checked upon completion. Using the hook grip or wearing straps is acceptable for either variation.