🔹What is Weightlifting?
Officially the word weightlifting refers to movements called the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. You may have previously heard the word Weightlifting being used to describe the standard powerlifts of Squat, Deadlift and Bench or resistance work in the gym, which is incorrect and can be confusing. That's why you'll also hear us use the term Olympic Weightlifting to help clarify what we mean.
🔹What are the Snatch and Clean & Jerk?
Essentially they are two different methods for taking a barbell from the floor to an overhead position.
🔹What are the benefits of Weightlifting?
✔ Multi- joint functional movement
✔ Core and posterior chain activation
✔ Improves resting heart rate, blood pressure, and VO2 max, areas of health that are typically targeted with “cardio” workouts.
✔ Develops power and explosiveness (great for athletes!)
✔ At least 20 times more fun than lying on a leg press machine or plodding on a treadmill.
🔹Is Weightlifting for Everybody?
Simply put - no. Unfortunately it's hard to say that someone walking in off the street can jump in and have the required mobility or strength to start doing full depth Snatches or Cleans.
Luckily, for most people with some time and effort the mobility and strength needed CAN be developed through specific drills and regression exercises (Squats, push presses, empty bar imitation work, stretching).
🔹How do I Start?
We are Bandon's one and only Weightlifting facility and our newly rescheduled Weightlifting classes kick off next week:
Thursday at 6.30pm
Saturday at 11am
Beginner's and improvers more than welcome, just give us a shout to chat to a coach and get started 👍
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