Olympic Weightlifting

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Latest news: Kinetics team pass their Olympic weightlifting course with flying colours!

Olympic weightlifting is not just for big powerful grunting men, despite the stereotypes. The name “weightlifter” should not be associated with the name “bodybuilder”. We found out this weekend that Olympic weightlifting could benefit almost all athletes and here are the reasons why.

It has been proven by sports scientists that Olympic weightlifting improves athletic performance in almost all sports. Practising Olympic weightlifting teaches an athlete how to apply large amounts of force all at once. Over time it will improve the human body’s ability to activate more muscle fibres than those who are not trained in weightlifting. Having the ability to activate more muscle fibres at once gives you a massive advantage over the competition regardless of your sport. Olympic weightlifting if done correctly over time will improve the following:

  • Rate of force development
  • Kinetic chain synchronizationNeural recruitment
  • Speed
  • Balance
  • Power
  • Metabolic development

Olympic weightlifting is based around the two main lifts, the snatch and the clean & jerk. There are many athletic attributes required to perform these two lifts correctly and move significant amounts of weight. The main two attributes are speed and explosive strength. Speed is your ability to turn on as many motor units as genetically possible. Strength is your ability to keep them firing once you have turned them on.

In the snatch the weight is pulled straight from the ground to the full lock out over head position in one explosive motion. In the clean & jerk the weight is pulled from the ground to shoulder height in one explosive motion. When the athlete has a narrow stance with the weight resting on his chest, he or she then aims to press the weight over head to full lock out in one explosive motion.

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