Olympic-Style Weightlifting For Total-Body Fitness
Recently, there has been a surge of interest in the sport and the lifts.
Football coaches, breaking from the decades of “following the follower” and
non-productive training, have embraced the snatch and clean as basic training
for their athletes.
Olympic-style weightlifting, or weightlifting, is an athletic discipline in the
modern Olympic programme in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single
lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.
The two basic Olympic lifts are the snatch, and the clean and jerk. The snatch
is very complex, but basically it involves taking a wide hook grip on a barbell
and exploding the bar from the floor to the finish over your head. The clean is
a two-part lift. The first part is the power clean, which involves hoisting the
bar up quickly and “catching” it on your shoulder girdle. Then, you reset your
grip and use your whole body to press it up over your head to lockout. Again,
the lifts are much more complex, but this is a basic look at these two lifts. As
far as strength-building, they definitely help.
• Always use a weight that you can comfortably lift and control.
• Ensure that you maintain concentration throughout the exercise.
• Maintain strict form throughout the exercise for maximum muscle recruitment
and minimal potential of injury.
Exercises for Power Lifting