Why Technique Matters in Olympic Weightlifting?
The world’s most popular sport, weightlifting, is a discipline with many advantages over other sports. However, it also has its drawbacks. For example, the snatch and clean & jerk are two of the most difficult lifts to master because they require great strength and technique. Many lifters fail at these exercises due to improper form or poor training experience. Other lifters have difficulty learning the correct technique because they don’t spend enough time training them.
Olympic weightlifters train their snatch and clean & jerk movements so much that they develop incredible strength and power. They use heavy weights, but they still manage to learn the proper technique. These lifters are able to perform these lifts without any problems, even when competing against other strong men and women!
In order to compete at the highest level, you need to be able to lift heavy weights. You must also be able to learn how to properly perform these lifts correctly. If you aren’t doing either of those things, then your chances of winning a competition are very low.
Many coaches and trainers think that if they just teach their lifters good technique, they will automatically become stronger and better competitors. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. If a weightlifter doesn’t learn how to properly perform these lifts, then good technique will not help improve their strength or power.
The Soviets had an old expression that goes, “No Strength, No Medals.” This means that just because you are a good technician, it doesn’t mean you will go far in the sport. You also need to have strength and power for the snatch and clean & jerk.
Many people believe that in order to get stronger, you just need to perform the same exercises over and over again. In other words, they believe that more is better. This is true to an extent, but other factors are equally as important.
For example, your body also needs adequate rest in between workouts.
How can you gain strength if you aren’t resting?
It’s possible, but it takes a serious amount of time. Most lifters don’t have time to focus on extensive rest and recovery because they are too busy training.
Focusing on technique also takes a lot of time, which means you won’t be able to train as much. There’s a limit to how much you should focus on technique rather than strength. You also need to focus on other areas such as mobility, speed, and other exercises.
All of these things play a role in your competition performance. You also need to eat properly and get enough nutrients while recovering from your workouts. It’s a lot to manage, but it’s definitely possible as long as you take it one day at a time.
How to Get Started?
So, how do you get started with Olympic weightlifting?
The best thing you can do is learn how to perform the snatch and clean & jerk with good technique. This can be very difficult for beginning lifters because the movements are so technical.
A coach or trainer can help you with technique, but it still takes a lot of time and effort. The best option is to find a weightlifting club or program at your local gym. There, you can learn the proper form and start to train with other people who are at a similar level.
Another great option is to get yourself a copy of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training. This book was written by Mark Rippetoe, a famous strength coach who has made great contributions to the barbell training community.
His book is widely considered to be one of the best beginner-level books for lifting weights. It includes descriptions and images of how to perform many of the most popular barbell exercises.
However, books and coaches aren’t your only options. Many online resources are available for you to learn proper technique from the comfort of your own home. Google “how to Olympic weightlifting” and you will find a plethora of resources at your fingertips.
Thanks to the popularity of CrossFit and barbell training, there’s been a surge in resources that are easily accessible for free online. Of course, some of these resources aren’t always reliable so you’ll have to do some research and ask around for the best sources of information.
As long as you make learning proper form a priority, you will be well on your way to success. Without it, you won’t get very far.
Olympic Weighlifting Is Expensive!
One of the biggest turnoffs for new lifters is the cost of getting started. It’s no secret that Olympic weightlifting requires special equipment that can put a dent in your wallet. However, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get started.
The first thing you should do is check to see if your gym has any of the special equipment that you’ll need. This includes things like power racks, bumper plates, and spin-lock collars for the barbell. If there isn’t any at your gym, ask if they’re willing to get some.
Many commercial gyms are willing to add new equipment to their facility if enough people show an interest in it.
Another option is to hit up a “big-box” store like Target or Wal-Mart and see what they have to offer. While the equipment at these stores won’t be of the highest quality, it’s good enough to teach you the movements and get stronger. The key is to save your money and upgrade to better equipment when you can.
A final option is to hit up a resale shop for used equipment. Check out thrift stores, pawn shops, and garage sales for barbells, plates, belts, and more. Not only is this stuff cheap or even free in some cases, but you can also get some pretty unique items that most people don’t own.
Just remember that when buying used equipment (new or used), you want to make sure it’s clean and in good condition before using it. This means taking it apart, cleaning it, and putting it back together again. Check your gym’s rules on used equipment to see if they have any stipulations.
So Why Olympic Weightlifting?
There are many different types of training programs for many different sports. Football, soccer, basketball, rugby, mixed martial arts, and even running all benefit from certain types of exercises and protocols.
So why should you do Olympic weightlifting? What are the benefits of this style of training?
The biggest reason is because it makes most people better athletes. The power that you can generate through your entire body will translate into improved performance in other aspects of your life. The coordination involved with correctly performing the Olympic lifts will also make you a smoother mover in all aspects of your life.
Olympic weightlifting is also great for burning fat and staying lean. The explosive nature of the exercises and the fast pace at which they’re performed will keep your heart rate elevated throughout the entirety of your workout. This is good because it will increase your metabolism and help you stay lean, and it can even help you lose fat.
Olympic weightlifting can also delay the ageing process. As you get older, your body slows down and ages. By keeping your metabolism high, you can keep those old age symptoms away.
And lastly, Olympic weightlifting can give you more confidence. When you see yourself getting stronger and being able to do more, it builds self-esteem. It sounds weird, but when you can do more pull-ups and Deadlifts than you used to be able to, it’s a great feeling.
Okay, How Do I Start Then?
The first thing that you need to do is learn the proper technique for each of the different exercises. Not only is this important for your own safety, but it’s also important so you can effectively target the right muscles. You can find videos online that show how to perform each exercise correctly.
If you have access to a coach, then obviously go see them.
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