by Fortitude Bali
October 2, 2019
Olympic weightlifting consists of two types of lifts: the snatch, and the clean and jerk. Both these movements are overhead lifts and involve a full body range of motion. The goal is to lift maximum weight at a rapid speed using a barbell.
Given its name, there seems to be a common misconception that only high-level athletes or Olympians should be Olympic lifting, however, this sport is unparalleled when it comes to developing speed, power, flexibility, coordination, total-body strength and muscle.
Furthermore, Olympic lifting is a great tool for developing mental toughness and discipline. Due to the technical nature of these lifts, each rep will provide brutally honest feedback to the lifter. Perfecting the craft will require lots of work, practice and patience, but we honestly believe that its numerous benefits will make it worthwhile. This barbend article covers the benefits perfectly.
Here are 3 things you need to know about the Olympic Snatch:
- It increases body awareness which is also linked to improved brain function
- Provides better core stability which reduces risk of back injuries
- Since this move requires so much speed and energy expenditure, the snatch can jack up metabolism and burn a ton of fat
Its an extension of the body’s most natural and favorable movement patterns, a salve for our aches and pains, a one-way ticket to aesthetic city, and it’ll make you feel and look stronger and more confident.
Olympic Lifting is not just for the Olympics.
Want to know more? Fortitude’s Barbell class runs every Wed at 4pm and it is ideal for beginners or anyone who wants to master the basic theories and technical aspects of lifting.