Olympic Lifting, or to some Weightlifting, is the ability to quickly lift a barbell from the floor to the ceiling. There are two methods to achieve this goal, the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. The Snatch is an elegant single movement whereas the Clean & Jerk requires two parts. As beautiful as these look to perform, these are no easy feat. They require strength, coordination, speed, power, agility, flexibility, balance, and accuracy. Without these in check, not only are these movements more difficult to perform, they can lead to injury.
Now, don’t be afraid. There is a scientific protocol of progressions and regressions to achieve the desired results. One must first assess. A coach can take you through a series of exercises involving movement patterns with an empty barbell, or if you are very new to training, a pvc pipe. Once the coach has determined the movement qualities you possess, then a detailed performance program can be established to allow a safe and progressive manner to achieve specific outcomes in the journey. Yes, Olympic lifting is a process, not a destination. The best in the world still practice their craft, and yes, use a coach. Now, this sounds great, how will it benefit you? Here are some cool things that could potentially happen.
The first thing is, you’ll look better
Olympic lifting can increase caloric expenditure, thus with consistency in training and nutrition, decrease body fat and build some serious muscle.
The second reason is, you’ll boost your work capacity
This is just a fancy way of saying to be able to perform other fitness or daily tasks with less strain and reach your goals faster.
The third good thing is, you’ll protect yourself against injury
When you get stronger, you become more resilient, thus chances of getting injured decrease. Fun fact, Olympic lifting is one of the safest sports to participate in!
The fourth great thing about powerlifting is you’ll build confidence
Who doesn’t like being more confident?! When you can lift, lift heavy and quickly, you feel powerful, strong, and well… confident. Not only will this translate in the gym, but also in the real world.
Lastly, you’ll improve your motor skill and acquisition
Those skills I mentioned earlier: strength, speed, coordination, etc. with proper programming, these can be improved through Olympic lifting.
Hopefully, I have provided enough information for you to make an informed choice whether to incorporate Olympic lifting into your fitness regimen. If it sounds right for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a coach and start making gains today!
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