What is Olympic Weightlifting?
The sport of Olympic weightlifting is one of the oldest competitive sports that is still practiced in this modern age. It consists of two lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk, where the athlete has three attempts at a maximum lift of a barbell loaded with plate weights or each of the lifts. The best snatch and the best clean and jerk are added together to give the total score.
You don’t have to compete to enjoy the benefits of weightlifting, read on…
What are the benefits of Olympic Weightlifting?
The snatch and the clean and jerk are power-strength movements that are popular in the world of Crossfit and also used by athletes in various other sports to improve their performance and athletic ability. This is because they increase upper body and lower body power, increase jumping ability and height / length, increase sprinting speed, improves body composition, improves flexibility and improves coordination. All are vital aspects of any sport.
And there is no greater feeling than when you have applied the right amount of force at the exact right time, in the right place and the bar feels weightless in flight, controlled in the catch and you feel strong as you stand to finish. The satisfaction of snatching or clean and jerking a weight for the first time releases all the feel good hormones that makes you want to do it over and over again.
And even when you fail, you don’t really fail, you learn, you become wiser, stronger, more fearless and resilient, then you try again.
Have I made you want to lift yet?
Who can try this?
Absolutely anyone can learn to weight-lift.
All training sessions are designed with you in mind, if you have mobility restrictions that prevent you from getting in to a specific position, then we will work on improving your mobility, and break the lifts down in such a way that it is possible for you to achieve. There are power variations and accessory exercises that can be done so that you get the benefits of weightlifting without putting yourself in a position you are not yet ready for. It is a journey, not a race.