Olympic Weightlifting is one of the oldest competitive sports still practised today. Tracing its origins back to ancient Greece and China, Olympic Weightlifting was one of the seven sports that made up the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, 1896.
Olympic Weightlifting is a bodyweight sport where athletes compete against others in the same category. Competitions comprise of two lifts: the Snatch (where the barbell is lifted from the floor above the head in one go) and the Clean & Jerk (where the barbell is lifted to the shoulders and then ‘jerked’ above the head)
The athlete who lifts the highest combined weight after the Snatch and Clean & Jerk is the winner. There are 8 bodyweight categories for both men and women (<56 – 105+kg for men, <48 – 90+kg for women).
Olympic Weightlifting is a sport where determination, self-belief and perseverance are paramount. Strength and flexibility go hand in hand to create movements of both awesomeness and elegance.
There is no such thing as being ‘too weak’ to try Weightlifting. Even the greatest Olympians in the world started off with just a broomstick. Weightlifting helps boost your strength, muscle definition and energy levels, and can help stave off osteoporosis as you get older. And it is multifaceted! Your programme can be designed to help you lose weight, increase muscle mass, get stronger or all of the above!
So what are you waiting for?