The dumbbell snatch is a variation of the traditional snatch, allowing the athlete to execute the exercise in a unilateral manner. As with the barbell snatch, the lift is tremendous for improving explosive strength through the posterior chain and shoulder joint.
As expected, the lift is commonly used by athletes and sportspeople within sports which require high levels of speed and power.
For sports which require explosive and fast movements, such as football, rugby, martial arts, tennis, wrestling and athletics, the dumbbell snatch is a perfect choice to incorporate within a weight training program. Like the traditional barbell snatch, the exercise is excellent for developing the knee and hip extenders, but with the added challenge of being unilateral in nature, and thus requiring an even greater deal of stabilisation and coordination.