What is Olympic Weightlifting?
Olympic Weightlifting, AKA “Weightlifting,” is a sport of strength and athleticism that is contested at the Olympic Games. It involves training to perfect the two contested lifts: the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The snatch is a movement in which the lifter moves the barbell from ground to overhead in one continuous lightning-fast movement, with a wide grip and locked out overhead, typically in a full squat position. From start to finish, the snatch takes a little over 1 second to complete in its entirety. The clean and jerk is a 2-part movement, first involving “cleaning” the bar from floor to chest, then “jerking” the bar overhead to a locked-out position. Both lifts must be done to well-defined technical standards to be “good lifts” in competition. Each lifter gets 3 attempts to establish a maximum for each lift, and then is awarded a “total” of the greatest weight completed in each lift. Competition takes place at local, regional, national and international events, and at Youth, Junior, Senior, and Masters levels. It is a sport accessible to people of all ages.
Olympic Weightlifting has also been identified as one of the best comprehensive disciplines to improve sports performance in virtually any sport which requires strength, speed, power, and athleticism. It is widely integrated into training programs for most other major sports because of this. It is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in its own right, thanks to many being introduced to the sport through the sport of CrossFit™.