Olympic Style Weight Lifting Heaven.
I think we can all agree that tests of human strength probably go back thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until around the late 1800′s, in Europe, that recorded competitive lifting events took place.
After a previously sporadic inclusion of lifting within the modern Olympics, in 1932 Physics and Biomechanics mated to produce three lifts called the Press (subsequently removed from the sport we know today), Clean and Jerk and the Snatch (see below).
Video: Giles Greenwood back in his hey-day Snatching 180KG to set a Commonwealth Games record.
The Fastest Human Sporting Movement.
The sport of Olympic Weightlifting is unique. It combines explosive strength with mobility, full ranges of motion and immense grace (search for a slo-mo of an athlete snatching). Although you may see some lifters weighing up to 105+KGs they are likely to be the most flexible athletes on the planet!
The lifts themselves are all extremely explosive (in fact the snatch lift is the fastest human sporting movement recorded). Relative to other sports, there are few competitive lifters. However, the lifts and their components are commonly used by elite athletes in other sports to train for both explosive and functional strength.
Great News!!! An increased interest in providing our nations athletes with strength and conditioning experts that can utilise the benefits of Olympic Weightlifting has meant some universities now offer strength and conditioning undergraduate and master’s degrees. This has spawned lifting clubs within St. Mary’s University, Middlesex and over at the University of East London. Additionally there is massive interest in these lifts within the CrossFit community. It is commonplace for CrossFitters to use these movements in both training for fitness or for CrossFit Competitions!
A treasure trove of a resource for those that lift!
If you already Oly lift, good on you! In return for your smart decision I offer you up this amazing resource from CrossFit HQ on Olympic Lifting Technique. Primarily instructed by a USA National Team Coach and CrossFit Weightlifting consultant, Coach Burgener, you cannot fail to pick up some tips to take to training!
With that gem of a link, I bid you happy lifting!