AO has been stuck with a 195# snatch for the past few months. He has had the strength and speed to better this lift, but hasn't been able to pull it off. The reason we all see him missing the 200# snatch is that he gets forward on his toes early in the lift which kicks the bar out in front of him and makes it impossible to fix in the overhead squat.
While I see Aaron get forward often in his early warmup lifts, he usually gets into a groove and makes the correction as he gets to moderate lifts making some beautifully fast lifts as he works up in weight. He works right up to 195 rarely missing and making the lifts look great. Then 200# on the bar, and boom… bad habit comes back and lift is no good. My theory is that is isn't physically caused by the extra 5 lbs on the bar, it's a mental block.
I believe sometimes we get caught up on certain numbers and when we are trying to hit that next benchmark, say 200#, it gets in our heads and we do something different than what was successful on previous lighter attempts. I myself was stuck at 100k, or 220# for over a year on the snatch. I was on an even number and it took me a lot of attempts to get there, but the next PR was to be at 225, another big benchmark number in every lift. Probably missed it 40 times before finally breaking that barrier and moving beyond it.
The point of showing you this is for one to celebrate AO's achievement, but also to get you thinking about mental blocks that we sometimes subconsciously set up for ourselves. Even numbers and certain benchmark lifts can sometimes sabotage us subconsciously.
If you think you might be suffering from this phenomenon, there are a few things you can try. A quick and easy Jedi mind trick I like is switching from lbs to Kilos. If you are lifting in an unfamiliar metric, you may not realize you are about to get a PR. An even better strategy is to practice variants of the lift and stay away from the PR that may be daunting you. For instance with a snatch, AO could practice 3 position snatch, snatching from the low hang, snatching from blocks, or building his power snatch. Build up your PRs on a variants, then go back to the original lift once you have gained significant strength, technique, speed and/or confidence.
One of the best pieces of advice I can relay to you all is something I heard our friend Mark Bell say at a seminar. He said to, "Lift the light weights like they are heavy, and lift the heavy weights like they are light." To me this means a couple of things. Every light lift or warmup lift is an opportunity to practice your setup and execution and prepare better for heavier lifts. Do not make lazy or sloppy mistakes while warming up as you are missing opportunities to practice the things that will make your heavy lifts successful. The other is to go after PR's like it ain't no thing. The mind is very powerful, the most powerful muscle you can flex. The second you question your own ability to accomplish anything, whether it be a weight lift or anything else in life, you are likely to fail. So warmup your lifts exactly how you want to lift your PR and when it's PR time, step up to that bar like you have been lifting that weight all your life. Treat your next PR just like another warmup set...after all, it's really just a warmup attempt for your next PR down the road.