I did snatch grip deadlifts off a platform several months ago as part of my leg routine. I had to use less weight, but the benefit was when I went back to standard deadlifts, the sticking point at the beginning of the lift was less of a problem.
Exercise #1 - Snatch Grip Deadlifts
If I had to choose only one strength training exercise to improve a player's 40 yard dash time, I would pick snatch grip deadlifts because they work the entire posterior chain (lower back and hamstrings). Snatch grip deadlifts are a bit different than your traditional deadlift in that they recruit more of the hamstrings due to the angle of the trunk and a wider grip.
Results: improve start, increase maximum speed
Description: Starting position- feet are shoulder width apart. Grip is wider than your traditional grip. Elbows are turned out. Shoulder blades are retracted. Knees over the bar. Chest and shoulders over the bar. Lower back is arched. Initiate lift with hamstrings and lower back. Maintain lower back arch throughout. Keep bar path straight.
Variations: snatch grip deadlifts off a podium, snatch grip deadlifts with chains and traditional deadlifts.
Hard-core lifters do these explosively to build power, but I didn't do that regularly in my workouts.
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