Olympic Weightlifting is the sport of Strength, Power, Speed and Precision. In competition, the lifts are comprised of the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk – both of which are efforts to lift the maximum amount of weight from ground to overhead in two distinct ways. In training, weightlifting and accessory exercises challenge the mind and body to grow strong and powerful through repetition after repetition of the basics.
Weightlifting is the sport of choice for the most dedicated and committed. If you decide to step on the platform to compete you will spend hours practicing and refining your technique only to create the smallest increases in performance on competition day. Weightlifting develops character – you will need to become mentally tough and in-tune with your body as you progress from novice to intermediate and beyond. As your body becomes stronger and more powerful so will your mind. Weightlifting will always be challenging and difficult pushing you to strive for a level of perfection that is always out of reach. Commitment, perseverance, resilience, dedication, confidence, and focus are just some of the attributes associated with a weightlifting practice.
The physical benefits of weightlifting are also numerous. Weightlifting is a weight class sport so athletes strive to balance maximum power and strength development with the maintenance of an ideal body composition. Olympic weightlifting as a fitness protocol produces athletic, strong and powerful bodies capable of incredible athletic feats. The precision required to lift efficiently and effectively produces body awareness, balance, accuracy and control that carries over to everyday life. Weightlifting exercises such as the power clean form the basis of many Strength & Conditioning programs for pro-athletes. Those same exercises are available to you, even if you prefer to weightlift only for fitness rather than competition.