Weightlifting

All Sports benefit from Olympic lifts as they are dynamic, explosive, and demand flexibility, focus, and precision. They are skill-intensive and should not be attempted without the supervision of a skilled instructor.  Our Olympic Lifting Coach is registered with NI Weightlifting, British Weightlifting and UK Strength and Conditioning Association

The greater skill complexity of the Olympic lifts develops a wider range of physical abilities than does traditional weight training, and it transfers better to the performance of sports and other activities of daily life. It is the explosive nature of Olympic weightlifting that produces its unrivaled benefits. With the Olympic lifts, the propelling of weight and the demand for full range motion preserves the joints and strengthens the ligaments. Metabolic and hormonal benefits have also been associated with the Olympic lifts.

Full body exercises that incorporate power and explosiveness have been the only ones shown to increase human growth hormone, which results in healthier, leaner, biologically younger bodies. Also, more calories are burned during Olympic weightlifting workouts, and more muscle fibers are used

Not only for the metabolic effects, the Olympic lifts have been widely accepted as the best way to strength-train for sports. Unlike other exercises, the lifts allow for additional overload in a manner similar to other sports movements. They also offer added neural benefits in the form or optimal motor unit recruitment and the maximization of energy transfer between movements. Balance, coordination, and flexibility are also improved in a way that transfers readily to sporting activities.

Many athletes also enjoy the benefits of injury prevention. The lifts develop core strength like nothing else. They work a vast array of muscles to achieve a muscular balance between the front and back muscles of the body. This contrasts with many sports and daily activities that under develop the back, abdominal and scapular muscles and overdevelop shoulder and pectoral muscles. Most don’t realize it, but Olympic weightlifting has one of the lowest injury rates of all sports. It is safe and even important for us as we age.

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