Olympic weightlifting, or Olympic-style weightlifting, is often referred to simply as weightlifting. It is a sport in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weights.
While it is a competitive sport, in recent years, we have seen an increased level of interest in Olympic-style weightlifting – not just from professional athletes – but from cross-fitters and everyday fitness enthusiasts as well.
Lifting heavy weights at a quick pace, using a full body range of motion, requires all of your muscle fibres to work together in unison to produce the power your body needs to complete the task.
These exercises and routines, when done correctly, can become a common element in the development of strength, conditioning, improved body composition, and dynamics.
When practicing Olympic lifts, you are not just targeting your core, shoulders, hips knees and ankles while also promoting flexibility and stability across your joints – but also learning to focus, meditate, master your body and develop mental resilience.
Getting stronger physically and mentally will boost your confidence and self-esteem. Whether you are a professional athlete or merely looking for a full-body work-out, Olympic weightlifting is something that anyone can include in their training program.
In comparison with other strength sports, which test limit strength (with or without lifting aids), weightlifting tests aspects of human ballistic limits (explosive power); the lifts are therefore executed faster — and with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution — than other strength movements.
Why should you practice Olympic Weightlifting?