What is Olympic Weightlifting?

Officially called Weightlifting, but often called Olympic Weightlifting to distinguish the sport of Olympic-style Weightlifting from powerlifting or bodybuilding, or even from Weightlifting in the gym for fitness and strength.

The sport of Weightlifting consists of two lifts: the snatch and the clean & jerk. In the snatch, the Weightlifter lifts the barbell from the floor to overhead in a single movement. In the clean & jerk, the Weightlifter lifts the barbell first from the floor to the shoulders (the clean) and then from the shoulders to overhead (the jerk).

CrossFit and Weightlifting

Weightlifting is a major component of CrossFit. It develops develops strength (especially in the hips), speed, power and flexibility. The clean and jerk and the snatch both develop coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance.

Many CrossFit workouts are about moving submaximal loads at a higher volume, whereas Olympic Weightlifting focuses on near maximal loads. When moving near maximal loads, there is a much smaller margin of error. You must strive to have perfect technique to get your lift. This emphasis on technique is beneficial for the CrossFit athlete who is performing a much higher volume for time. Your honed lifting technique will improve your CrossFit scores and times through efficiency of movement, decrease your soreness (often experienced with poor technique), and increase your overall strength.

Coaching

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