WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE PRACTICING THE OLYMPIC LIFTS

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Ryan Barlow | January 17, 2019 | no comments |

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

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