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Timing the dropping of the elbows is very important. In the thruster video linked above, note how the elbows drop quickly as the hips open at the top of the squat, allowing her to drive the bar overhead with the arms.

Ultimately, the unique grip and variable elbow height unite the front squat and the push press in the thruster. The hybrid grip is a compromise between the loose fingertip grip of the front squat and the full grip required in the press series, and the athlete can alter the height of the elbows at various points of the lift to ensure optimal mechanics for the squatting and pressing segments.

By adjusting the grip and elbow positioning in the thruster, the athlete will be able to move through the reps more efficiently, making a challenging movement much easier.

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