OLYMPIC-STYLE WEIGHTLIFTING

“As you grow up, you have to become useful in life, not just good looking.” – Greg Everett

Increase in power, jumping ability, speed, starting strengthbody composition and improvement of core strength and stability are just a few of the benefits of Weightlifting.

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?

  • It will help you develop high neuromuscular coordination and control
  • As it’s biomechanics similar to jumping, it will build your muscles’ strength and fitness
  • Increase your movement efficiency and effectiveness
  • Increase your power characteristics
  • Been shown to improve jump, sprint, and balance performances
  • Trains a particular section on the force-velocity curve (e.g., strength-speed)
  • Proven to enhance the rate of force development (read more)
  • Improve axial skeleton rigidness

Be the movement.

“I get better everyday, everyday I get better.” ― Joseph C. Reyes

DELIT.FITNESS OLYMPIC-STYLE WEIGHTLIFTING CLUB

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“Do not fear what you cannot lift, fear that which can lift you.” 
― Uziel Matos Lima

DELITE.FITNESS weightlifting club is lead by Savko Katev. 

Savko is a professional trainer and coach with a specialty in weightlifting, group training, conditioning, bodybuilding, and general fitness. Savko started his weightlifting career at the age of 14 In Bulgaria and competed promotionally between 1999 and 2013. Savko participated in several international competitions, and the World Cup for students in 2005 (3ed place), 2006 (4th place) and 2007 (2ed place).

Savko graduated from the Sofia sports academy as a coach. He specializes in weightlifting, group training, cardio, bodybuilding, and fitness. He worked as a weightlifting coach and personal trainer in Bulgaria, Sweden, and France, where he also competed as the captain of the club.

Savko trained under the supervision of Ivan Nikolov Abadjiev.

Ivan Nikolov Abadjiev was a Bulgarian weightlifter and later Bulgarian Olympic Weightlifting coach. As an active competitor, he won Bulgaria’s first weightlifting medal in 1957 From 1968 to 1989 and again from 1997 to 2000, he was the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation’s head coach. He also spent a stint as the head coach of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation during the late 1990s. 

During his career, Abadjiev produced 12 Olympic champions, 57 world champions, and 64 European champions. He was called “The Pope of Weightlifting” for his exceptional career as a Bulgarian national weightlifting team coach. Six times he was elected Coach of the Year of Bulgaria – 1985, 1986, 1989, 1997, 1998, 1999, and in 2001 was chosen Coach of the 20th Century of the country. 

The Bulgarian Method rose to fame thanks to the success of Ivan Abadjiev’s Bulgarian weightlifting team.

To learn more about our weightlifting offering contact Savko Katev or Aric Dromi

Learn more about Olympic-style weightlifting
The two competition lifts used in this sport are the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch is a wide-grip, one-move lift. The Clean and Jerk is a close-grip, two-move lift.

The Snatch

The snatch’s objective is to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead in one continuous motion. There are four main styles of snatch used: 

  • Squat Snatch (or Full Snatch)
  • Split Snatch
  • Power Snatch
  • Muscle Snatch

The Squat Snatch and Split Snatch are the most common styles used in competition, while the Power Snatch and Muscle Snatch are mostly used for training purposes.

In the Squat Snatch, the lifter lifts the bar from a squatting position as high as possible, receiving the bar from overhead with the arms already straight, therefore increasing the amount of weight that the lifter may successfully lift. The lifter finally straightens to a fully upright position with the bar above his head and arms fully extended.

In the Power Snatch, the lifter lifts the barbell as high as possible and receives the bar overhead with only a slight bend in the knee and hip, increasing the height that the bar must be lifted and decreasing the amount of weight that may be successfully lifted.

In the Muscle Snatch, the lifter lifts the bar all the way overhead with arms locked out, and the hip and knee fully extended.

The Clean and Jerk

The Clean and Jerk is a composite of two weightlifting movements, most often performed with a barbell. During the Clean, the lifter moves the barbell from the floor to a racked position across the deltoids, without resting fully on the clavicles. During the Jerk, the lifter raises the barbell to a stationary position above the head, finishing with straight arms and legs and the feet in the same plane as the torso and barbell.

Of the several variants of the lift, the most common is the Olympic Clean and Jerk, which, with the Snatch, is contested in Olympic weightlifting events.

Clean
To execute a Clean, a lifter grasps the barbell just outside the legs, typically using a hook grip. Once the barbell is above the knees, the lifter extends explosively, raising the bar as high as possible before quickly dropping into a squat and receiving it in a “racked” position in front of the neck and resting on the shoulders. To complete the clean, the lifter stands, often propelling the bar upward from the shoulders slightly. The erect position is attained and shifting the grip slightly wider and the feet slightly closer together in preparation for the jerk.

Jerk
The jerk begins from the “front rack” position, the finishing position of the clean. The lifter dips a few inches by bending the knees, keeping the back vertical, and then explosively extends the knees, propelling the barbell upward off the shoulders, and then quickly dropping underneath the bar by pushing upward with the arms and splitting the legs into a lunge position, one forward and one back. The bar is received overhead on straight arms, and, once stable, the lifter recovers from the split position, bringing the feet back into the same plane as the rest of the body.

Why choose us?

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” — Les Brown

You will be able to identify unknowns in areas critical to the stability and development of the self, both mentally and physically.
You will defining the questions upon which you can design your desired vision of the future.
Together, we will be develop strategies to realize and implement the necessary thinking, eating and moving behaviours to deliver your vision.

Together we will design a set of tools and exercises which will enable you to evolve, live long and prosper.