NEW: Five Ways Olympic Lifting Will (Really) Make Your Life Better

Jen Wirth | January 31, 2019 | no comments
NEW: Five Ways Olympic Lifting Will (Really) Make Your Life Better

NEW ARTICLE: Five Ways Olympic Lifting Will (Really) Make Your Life Better

PLUS!

FULL VIDEO: Olympic Lifting Q&A with Coach Ryan Barlow

What’s Olympic Lifting, you ask?

Good question!

If you’ve heard of the Clean and Jerk, and the Snatch, you’ve heard of Olympic Lifting. It’s in practicing and improving your performance in these two (well, really three) movements that so many benefits are unlocked.

But do you know why the Oly Lifts : Clean and Jerk and the Snatch are such a big part of CrossFit?

I asked Coach Ryan why he thinks that the Olympic Lifts are such an important part of CrossFit. He said, “I think CrossFit and Greg Glassman have realized that these fast lifts, these Olympic movements are critical to training people how to move well, and making them safe, more useful human beings.”
Ryan continued,”In Greg Glassman’s “World Class Fitness in 100 Words,” he says: Practice the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. These heavy lifts are really important for overall physical health and they’re going to bring you confidence and the ability to take your fitness outside of the gym.”

Use this sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th

Feel free to click on the video below to watch the full Olympic Lifting Q&A Video, released today on the Wildcat YouTube Channel, or keep reading to learn just 5 of the many, many ways that Olympic Lifting can improve your physique, your overall body health, and your life!

 

Five Ways that Olympic Lifting Can (Really) Improve Your Life!

1. Olympic Lifting Will Improve Your Physical Appearance
– Olympic Lifting Improves your Muscle Tone.

Want great muscle definition? The muscle fibers you can see best are called “fast twitch.” These are the fibers that are developed through the practice of quick, fast movements.

The best athletes to demonstrate the difference between fast twitch and slow twitch muscle are two specific groups of runners: elite Sprinters, and Marathon runners. Sprinters have a lot of fast twitch muscle fibers. Marathoners have more slow twitch muscle fibers. What do the sprinters have in common? Thick, well, muscled arms and shoulders, as well as abs, thighs, and calves.

What do the elite marathoners look like? Thin, light, wispy. No matter how fast you are going, if you settle into a steady pace and just keep running, you are using slow twitch muscles. These athletes are doing something impressive. No doubt about it. But if you want to see your muscles, it’s important to exercise your fast twitch muscle fibers too.

Back to the original point: Olympic Lifting will help you to start seeing your muscles. Olympic movements are quick and fast… like “sprints” for all your different muscle groups. Even when you don’t do them with weight at first (using just a PVC pipe or a broomstick), you will start to feel and see your muscles growing!

Use this sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th

2. Olympic Lifting Will Improve Your Long Term Physical Health

You may have heard that weightlifting is a key way to make sure that your bones retain calcium. This doesn’t mean you can carry 1 pound weights around, and call it good forever. What you need to do is continually challenge your muscles, by increasing the amounts of weight you are able to move and hold static. The heavier the weights your body can control throughout the Olympic Lifts, generally the fitter you are.

As we humans age, if we fail to do weight-bearing exercise, our bones gradually lose calcium. Over time, this can lead to osteoporosis, and then osteopenia, and brittle bones. Brittle bones are dangerous, because when you fall down, they can break. The process is more insidious for women, as hormone level changes start to release calcium from our bones starting in our 30s. Sure, you can take medicine, and eat more leafy greens that might help a little, but if you want to make sure your bones maintain their density, you need to lift some weight.

In addition to strong bones, Olympic Lifting will also give you increasingly stronger muscles, joints. You will get more flexible and your balance will improve.

3. Olympic Lifting Will Improve Your Confidence and Your Health Right Now!

Not only will you stay in great shape as you get older, Olympic Lifting can benefit your health Here and Now, my friend.

First of all, your confidence will increase, and with it your sense of well-being. Practicing Olympic Lifting releases endorphins, natural chemicals that make you, and  your body, feel fantastic. You fee more awake, alert, and energetic, yet also relaxed and in control. It’s better than just coffee. It’s better than a couple of beers. It feels awesome. That’s why people do it. No lie.

Now let’s talk about health benefits. If you click around on the internet, you will find many people who were diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and have since weaned themselves off of Insulin using exercise programs that include Olympic Lifting. Here is a study in the journal Experimental Psychology that shows that six weeks of CrossFit helped people to increase their insulin sensitivity (lowering their average daily blood sugar). That’s cool.

People have also experienced relief from back pain, arthritis, inflammation, and weight loss due to adding Olympic Lifting to their body maintenance [exercise] programs.

Use this sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th

4. Olympic Lifting will make you better at whatever sport you practice outside the gym.

News Flash: It will make you better at CrossFit too! But if you’re not currently a crossfitter (that’s what we call ourselves once we drink the Koolaid ;-), and you like to run, or play soccer, kickball, or basketball… or basically any other sport, then Olympic Lifting will help you increase your muscle strength and explosive power. Your balance and coordination will improve and you may notice that your performance on the field is improving.

Additionally, Olympic Lifting strengthens your joints and tendons, so you will be in less danger of damaging yourself on the playing field.

If you want to some articles about CrossFit (which includes a good amount of Olympic Lifting) and how professional, very well known athletes use it to keep them strong and in shape: Here is one about how high level athletes use CrossFit to get better at their respective sports. This one has a lot of U.S. Pro athletes…. including Charles Barkley.

5. Olympic Lifting will Improve your Mind-Body Connection.

If you have a desk job, it might feel like your body is something of an afterthought. Maybe you only really notice it when you feel that familiar tension in your back, or you find yourself getting out of breath on your way to the mailbox.
Maybe once you get moving, you’ve got a tendency to be somewhat accident prone, clumsy, awkward.

Enhancing and improving the ability of your mind and your muscles to work together is a secret benefit of Olympic Lifting that not many people know about going in. Some call it ‘flow.’ You know, that feeling when you’re moving and graceful and your body feels calm and under control, ready to do whatever you need? If you don’t know that feeling, can you imagine it?
Well that’s the feeling that Olympic Lifting helps cultivate.

Not bad, right? Great body, great long term results, and you get zen too? Sound too good to be true? It’s not.
It’s not too good to be true. It takes work. But it’s worth it. And if you’re interested, you should probably give it a try.

Still reading? Fantastic!

Want to try a Free Sample?

Coach Ryan will be hosting a sample OlyOne Class at Wildcat CrossFit. This Saturday, February 2nd, at 10AM, Wildcat CrossFit Main Gym.
Even if you are not currently a Wildcat member, you are welcome to this free, all levels sample class.
Come in curious, leave having learned something, and with a healthy warm feeling in your muscles, all of them.

Interested in learning more?
https://www.wildcatcrossfit.com/olyone-olympic-weightlifting-series-coming-to-wildcat-on-february-5th/

Use this sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th!

OLYMPIC LIFTING Q&A: HOW CAN OLYMPIC LIFTING BENEFIT ATHLETES WHO PLAY TEAM SPORTS?

Jen Wirth | January 30, 2019 | no comments
OLYMPIC LIFTING Q&A: HOW CAN OLYMPIC LIFTING BENEFIT ATHLETES WHO PLAY TEAM SPORTS?

OLY Lifting Q&A: How Can Olympic Lifting Benefit Athletes who Play Team Sports?

(EXCERPT VIDEO) from an OlyOne Q&A With Coach Ryan

 

In this video, Wildcat’s Coach Ryan talks about how Olympic Lifting helps improve sports performance, and increases athlete safety out on the field.

All the things that are beneficial when you play a team sport: Coordination, speed, power, and accuracy, Olympic Lifting helps you to develop. Olympic Lifting also strengthens joints and helps to increase your mobility and the range of motion of your muscles. This will protect your body from injury.

The Clean and Jerk and the Snatch, when performed properly, require an incredible amount of coordination. As you get better at these lifts, you will see that improvement translate into improvements in your performance in your practices and games.

Listen to Coach Ryan as he further discusses the benefits of Olympic Lifting.

The OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starts Feb 5th.

Interested in learning more?
https://www.wildcatcrossfit.com/olyone-olympic-weightlifting-series-coming-to-wildcat-on-february-5th/

Use this sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th!

NEW VIDEO: Why is Olympic Lifting Such a Big Part of CrossFit?

Jen Wirth | January 30, 2019 | no comments
NEW VIDEO: Why is Olympic Lifting Such a Big Part of CrossFit?

Why is Olympic Lifting Such a Big Part of CrossFit?

(EXCERPT VIDEO) from an OlyOne Q&A With Coach Ryan

You might be aware of the Olympic Lifts, and you might know that they are found pretty often in CrossFit workouts.
But do you know why the Oly Lifts : Clean and Jerk and the Snatch are such a big part of CrossFit?

I asked Coach Ryan why he think that the Oly Lifts are such an important part of CrossFit.

He said, “I think CrossFit and Greg Glassman have realized that these fast lifts, these Olympic movements are critical to training people how to move well, and making them safe, more useful human beings.”

Coach Ryan continued, ”In Greg Glassman’s World Class Fitness in 100 Words, he says:

‘Practice the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.’

“… These heavy lifts are really important for overall physical health and they’re going to bring you confidence and the ability to take your fitness outside of the gym.”

Interested in learning more?
https://www.wildcatcrossfit.com/olyone-olympic-weightlifting-series-coming-to-wildcat-on-february-5th/

Use this sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th:

VIDEO: Three Tips to Establishing a Better Overhead (Snatch Catch) Position

Jen Wirth | January 26, 2019 | no comments
VIDEO: Three Tips to Establishing a Better Overhead (Snatch Catch) Position

VIDEO: Three Tips to Establishing a Better Overhead (Snatch Catch) Position

…. Starring Coach Ryan

Have you struggled with joint mobility when you are trying to perform Olympic Lifts? You’re supposed to catch the weight straight overhead… but your arms don’t go that way?

Whether you’ve had difficulty with the Overhead (Snatch) or Front Rack (Clean) positions, then this video is for you. Join Coach Ryan as he describes and demonstrates Three actions you can take to increase your lat muscle flexibility and shoulder mobility. He’ll have you catching your Oly lifts like a champ!

 

 

Interested in learning more?
www.wildcatcrossfitcom
Click here to read more about the OlyOne Special Series!

Here is the sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th:

 

HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT THE CROSSFIT OPEN?

Ryan Barlow | January 21, 2019 | no comments
HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT THE CROSSFIT OPEN?

How Serious Are you About the CrossFit Open?

The CrossFit Open is almost here. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the CrossFit Open, here is a quick overview. The CrossFit Open began in 2011 as an opportunity for the worldwide CrossFit community to compete together as one family. The event lasts five weeks and consists of one workout per week. Each one of these workouts is announced on Thursday night and must be completed (you must submit your score and have a judge’s signature) by 5PM Pacific time on the following Monday. These workouts are incredible tests of work capacity, strength, and skill – the top finishers in each region moving on for a chance at the CrossFit Games (until this year). Sounds like fun, right? It is!

And despite CrossFit’s desire to program constantly varied functional movements, there are only so many movements that Dave Castro (CrossFit Games Director) can throw at us. Over the course of the past 8 years, only 19 movements in total have appeared in an Open workout (see the chart below). Which means we can prepare accordingly.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you will see all of the above movements (and others) in our standard programming. However, the most complicated of these movements always require more practice time in order to achieve mastery. Think about adding a few minutes of double under practice, muscle-up drills, and/or olympic lifting to your daily routine. Improving these high-skill movements is sure to have a dramatic impact on your performance in the upcoming 2019 CrossFit Open. If you would like additional guidance, practice, and feedback on the Olympic lifts, snatch (appearing 100%) and clean (appearing 71.4%), please consider registering for my upcoming OlyOne series. In these classes, I will be able to dissect each lift and provided specific and individualized feedback for each lifter.

So who’s ready to crush the 2019 CrossFit Open? I cannot wait to cheer you on (and maybe no-rep you if I’m your judge) in only 5 weeks. Good luck and happy CrossFitting!

Sincerely,

Ryan Barlow, CF-L2

WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE PRACTICING THE OLYMPIC LIFTS

Ryan Barlow | January 17, 2019 | no comments
WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE PRACTICING THE OLYMPIC LIFTS

Why We Should All Be Practicing The Olympic Lifts

Let me begin with a brief history of the sport: weightlifting has been around for centuries, tracing its roots back to Ancient Greece and China. In fact, weightlifting was one of the original nine competitions in the first Olympic Games in 1896, spawning the previously unused term “Olympic Lifting”. The modern day sport of Olympic weightlifting consists of the most powerful, explosive, and athletic human beings ever to grace this planet. It is no coincidence that competitive Olympic weightlifters have some of the highest recorded vertical jumps in the world (even over professional basketball and football players).

To put it simply, there is no better way to increase one’s physical strength and fitness than performing these explosive lifts. Beyond the three basic power lifts – the squat, deadlift, and press – Olympic weightlifting uniquely and simultaneously develops an athlete’s strength, power, coordination, agility, accuracy, flexibility, and balance. It is no secret that almost all professional athletes perform some type of Olympic lifting as part of their training regimen. Everyone from former Olympic Bobsledder and current CrossFit/fitness industry influencer, Ryan Fischer, to your mother can and will reap massive benefits from practicing these lifts, though perhaps at slightly different loads.

Most able bodied citizens can enter the gym and execute the key points of performance of the deadlift with relative ease, however mastering the movement patterns and positions associated with the two Olympic lifts can take months, years, or more commonly, a lifetime. These lifts – the snatch and the clean and jerk – demand an uncommon level of coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility to be performed correctly. And that is precisely why the lifts are so valuable to practice. These essential domains of fitness, so easily dismissed as difficult and unnecessary, are exactly what keep us sharp and productive human beings. So whether your goal is to compete on the platform or stay out of the nursing home for a couple more decades, you should certainly be practicing your Olympic lifts.

Sincerely,

Ryan Barlow, CF-L2

 

 

Sing up now for a spot in my upcoming Olympic Lifting Series: Oly One

Fancy Footwork during your Lifts, with Coach Ryan

Jen Wirth | January 13, 2019 | no comments
Fancy Footwork during your Lifts, with Coach Ryan

Fancy Footwork during your Lifts, with Coach Ryan

by, Coach Jen

Check out the latest video on the Wildcat YouTube Channel.

In this video Coach Ryan shows two key foot positions to practice in order to improve your Olympic Lifts.

One key to improving your Olympic Lifts (the Clean and Jerk and the Snatch) is to continue improving upon your rough form, through lots of practice. When you are first learning the lifts, however, the key is to learn to put your body parts in the right place, at the beginning, and all the way through the lift. In other words, the first thing you need to know is Where to put your body at the start of the lift.

A Jumping Foot Position at the start of the lift gives you more power at the start of the lift, as your heels are pressing down and your hips are shooting forward.
The ‘Air Squat’ foot position at the Catch (when you first catch the bar on your shoulders) gives you the stability you need to stand your body up, with weight on your shoulders.

Start at the bottom, if you will.

Interested in learning more?
https://www.wildcatcrossfit.com/olyone-olympic-weightlifting-series-coming-to-wildcat-on-february-5th/

Here is the sign up link for the OlyOne Olympic Lifting Series Starting Feb 5th:

https://tinyurl.com/olyonesignup

 

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