“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
Olympic Lifting involves 2 lifts, the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk these are some of the most explosive, technical, demanding and exciting movements in the athletic arena. The benefits of olympic weightlifting are vast, it will improve athletic performance, through increased strength, power, stability, flexibility, and accuracy, it will help improve body composition by increasing lean muscle mass and reducing body fat, and it can improve bone density, and most importantly chances are you’ll really enjoy it!!
Olympic Lifting can often been seen as something only used by professional athletes or athletes in power sports such as rugby. Thankfully CrossFit has helped to make Olympic Lifting a lot more accessible to the general population. While CrossFit often uses Olympic Lifting in a different manner than it was originally designed it’s now well established in many CrossFit gyms that providing separate specialised sessions where the focus is solely on the technique rather than the number of repetitions completed in a set time, is the most effective way to learn these challenging skills. Of course once proficient at the movements you will see the benefits not only in the lifts themselves and the weights you are able to move but also how much easier the CrossFit workouts become once you have the olympic lifts in check.
It’s true to perform the movements correctly and to get the very most out of them, will require time and skilled coach but once competent at the movements the benefits are endless.The small group classes (no more than 10 athletes per coach) will insure you get plenty of time with your coach to help hone your skills. We will of course cover the full lifts but also look at smaller sections of the lift as well as supplementary movements to help improve the overall lifts.
Coaches Sarah and James are both passionate and well trained in Olympic Lifting and together have completed 10 certificates/courses in Olympic Lifting so you are in good hands.
Incorporating Olympic lifting into your training beneficial for developing strength and power but they have a proven role in developing muscular coordination and developing adaptations in the neuromuscular pathways. These adaptations occur through increased rate of motor neurone firing and an increased efficiency of neuromuscular signals. While not a physical adaptation the technical element combined with the heavy weights of the Olympic lifts will encourage discipline when training, a skill that is required by any individual wanting to achieve the maximum results from their training.
1. Stability or to transfer force especially through the core are important elements for an athlete, this could be rotational stability, vertical or lateral force transfer and stability or a combination of both. This applies if you are a gymnast, rower, runner, swimmer, cyclist, rugby player….in fact almost all sports require some form of stability or force transfer. Olympic lifting has been shown to closely mimic the horizontal and vertical joint actions of many sports, therefore also closely replicating the force transfer required in these sporting actions.
2. Olympic Lifting moves people from the standard methods of strength training isolating one muscle group or body parts generally in one plane of movement. However in real life and certainly in sport very few movements require just one muscle group working in isolation. Almost all actually require further muscles to stabilise movements or require movement in than one plane at a time. Olympic lifting requires the muscles to work together in multiple planes of movement and will activate almost all muscles at some point in the movement making the exercises far closer to the sporting movements that a bicep curl or shoulder press for example. When used as part of a well structured program Olympic lifting provides significant improvements in strength, power, jump performance, sprint performance and in the ability to change direction.