Why Olympic lift?

02 Sep

photo (1)Next Saturday 7th September 2013 we are running an Olympic Lifting Masterclass that will teach all you need to know about the two main lifts.

It will be run here at CrossFit SE11 by myself and Katarina both long standing coaches at CrossFit London. Our aim is to make this fun and enjoyable alongside some hard work (Kat loves a bit of hard work!)

If you’re still sitting on the fence then this post is for you. Olympic lifting comprises of two lifts, snatch and clean & jerk.

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Snatch

The barbell is lifted from the floor to overhead in one single movement.

Clean & Jerk

The barbell is taken from the floor to the shoulders and then locked out overhead.

Why do them?

photo (71)In CrossFit we work alongside 10 general skills, these are; cardiovascular respiratory/ endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

So we need to find the best way to train these skills. Olympic lifting trains and addresses all of them. The primary ones that they use are strength, skill, power, speed, coordination, flexibility and balance.

Now if you can tell me that another type of ‘exercise’ can lay claim to that, I will put on a Lycra leotard and perform the lifts.

People can argue that if you did hill sprints it would train the cardiovascular system more, but that has also cut out around 8 of the primary skills. This makes the Olympic lifts unique in their ability to create neurological and muscular adaptation.

Ladies, if you are in need of a little persuasion it’s this simple, more muscle = less fat and that doesn’t mean you’re going to turn into a short muscly bodybuilder overnight, it means you are going to look trim and obviously smokin’ hot! If you’re looking for a ‘core builder’ than look no further than Oly lifting, those 1000 sit-ups a day some people suggest you do are nowhere close to what snatching, cleaning and jerking will do for you.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to work on the basics of the lifts. We will refresh your knowledge of how to break the lifts down so that you can perform better in class.

Still need convincing?

Come and give it a try and see for yourself. Book in here and we’ll see you in Vauxhall next Saturday.

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