Powerlifting/Olympic Lifting

Powerlifting / Olympic Lifting

Powerlifting is a sport encompassing three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. 

Olympic Weightlifting is the only iron sport of the Olympic Games and consists of two lifts, where a loaded barbell is taken from the ground to over the head of the lifter:

  • Clean-and-Jerk
  • Snatch

Olympic weightlifting tests explosive strength and are executed faster, with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution than other lifts. Properly executed, the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk are both dynamic and explosive.

While there are relatively few competitive Olympic weightlifters, the lifts and their components are commonly used by elite athletes in other sports to train for both explosive and functional strength. As a developmental sport for football, track, and other sports, it emphasizes speed and coordination. The Snatch and Clean-and-Jerk are much more conducive to athletics than static powerlifting movements (such as bench press or squat). Using maximum power generation in minimum time versus strength generated over any amount of time, a lifter learns to accelerate.

A Miami University football player recently said, "I wish someone had taught me these lifts when I was younger. I was 5 years behind my college teammates."

Don't put yourself behind your teammates and/or competition; learn how to do these lifts. These incredibly athletic movements develop:

  • Inner toughness
  • Mental discipline
  • Concentration

Physically, an athlete would get:

  • A decent aerobic workout, as moving weights over large distances gets the heart pumping.
  • Whole body coordination, timing, and better awareness of the position of one's body.
  • An effective, results-producing workout and it is difficult to overtrain the body as there is so much movement involved.
  • A fast, efficient workout, especially for those time-crunched individuals.

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