MORE ABOUT WEIGHTLIFTING
WHAT IS OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING?
The sport of weightlifting consists of two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk.
The Snatch: In the snatch, the weightlifter lifts the barbell from the floor to overhead in a single movement.
The Clean & Jerk: In the clean & jerk, the weightlifter lifts the barbell first from the floor to the shoulders (the clean) and then from the shoulders to overhead (the jerk).
In a competition, each weightlifter has three attempts in the snatch and three attempts in the clean & jerk. The weight of the best of each lifts is added to create the weightlifter's total, and the best total wins.
The Olympic lifts, the snatch, clean and jerk, as well as variations such as the Power Snatch, Power Clean, Push Jerk, Hang Snatch, Hang Clean and more are often used by athletes to develop strength and explosiveness to improve performance in their sports.
Practising the Olympic lifts teaches one to apply force to muscle groups in proper sequence; i.e., from the centre of the body to its extremities (core to extremity).
Learning this vital technical lesson benefits all athletes who need to impart force to another person or object, as is commonly required in nearly all sports.
OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING FOR FITNESS
If fitness can be described as having the relative capacity to complete daily tasks without undue fatigue, then weightlifting is an integral part of this equation.
There are movements practised in weightlifting that mimic motor patterns that are found in everyday life such as squatting, pulling from the floor and lifting overhead.
Squatting is standing from a seated position; deadlifting is picking any object off the ground; a clean is pulling that object to chest height.
By training these compound or multi-joint movements, we improve our competency and efficacy to complete natural “functional” movement. These movements also elicit a high the neuroendocrine response, potent in improving the health of all body systems.
Because these are functional movements, the task or exercises themselves are inherently safe; however, the application takes practice and patience to master.
WHAT ARE THE GOVERNING BODIES FOR OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING?
All weightlifting competition in Australia is governed by Australian Weightlifting Federation, in Queensland by Queensland Weightlifting Association, and internationally, by the International Weightlifting Federation.