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What is Olympic Lifting? And How Will It Benefit Me?

There may be no sport ever conceived by the mind of man or woman that is as misunderstood or underappreciated as the sport of Olympic Style Weightlifting. There is literally no other sport that challenges your strength, skill and mental powers more fully than weightlifting. All of these factors and others make weightlifting the uniquely fascinating and unbelievably rewarding sport that it is for men and women of all ages and sizes.

So, how will Olympic Lifting help me in my particular sport you ask? Olympic lifting trains an athlete's explosive capabilities, and the lifts themselves measure the effectiveness of the athlete in generating explosive power to a greater degree than most other exercises. Olympic lifting is also one of the only sports that develops strength and explosive power at the same time. [from Weightlifting Encycolpedia, Arthur Dreschler, 1999

Olympic Lifting consists of two lifts:

  • Clean & Jerk
  • Snatch

Attention Hockey Players!

How will Olympic Lifting help your game? Read the article "Olympic style weight lifting and its application to hockey" to find out:

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