Olympic weightlifters are often seen as the superhumans of the sporting world. If you’ve ever watched it on the TV you will have seen the amazing demonstration of strength and power as they move a weight 2-3 times their bodyweight from the floor to over their head in a split second.
There are two main lifts in Olympic lifting.
- ‘snatch’ – similar to a wide grip deadlift which turns into an overhead squat
- ‘clean and jerk’ – similar to a deadlift which turns into a front squat then into a push press.
There are a huge number of reasons why the Olympic lifts can be a great addition to your current training program but here are my top 5.
1) You will burn fat :
Studies have shown that Olympic weightlifters burn almost as many calories per day as marathoners do, and another reported that, on average, the lifters have as little as 5 percent body fat. Granted, these men are moving more than 175,000 pounds in a typical training week, but they also eat 6,000 to 8,000 calories a day.
2) You will get stronger
Even though there are only two main lifts the assistant exercises to perform these lifts such as squats, deadlifts and push presses are all compound exercises that target a large number of muscles in the body. Training the body this way will increase muscle mass and leave you at less risk of injury.
3) You will increase your athletic power
Training for Olympic lifts and incorporating them into your program will improve your co-ordination, your balance, your rate of force development (RFD), your flexibility, your neural activation, your muscular power, and on top of all this, it is also an awesome way to develop your fast twitch muscle fibres.
4) Your lifting performance will improve
Olympic weightlifting is measured off your PB (personal best) in both the snatch and clean and jerk. Challenging yourself to improve these numbers will keep you motivated to train hard and constantly improve yourself.
5) Your whole body gets a workout
Olympic weightlifting targets the entire body. This type of training promotes a balanced body, is great if you are short for time and ensures you are working at a high intensity.
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