Olympic Weightlifting https://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/%2A en The Olympic Weightlifting Primer https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-olympic-weightlifting-primer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-olympic-weightlifting-primer" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/owequipmentheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you've caught the weightlifting bug, here's all you need to know to get started. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>The last 5-10 years have seen a rekindled interest in and passion for Olympic weightlifting. </strong>Often confused with powerlifting, and sometimes even bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting is one of the best ways to develop explosive movements for sports, survival, and all-around fitness, which may be why it has seen such a renaissance in recent years.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-olympic-weightlifting-primer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk olympic weightlifting snatch Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165896 at https://breakingmuscle.com Qualifying for Rio: A Tale of Two Cities https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/qualifying-for-rio-a-tale-of-two-cities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/qualifying-for-rio-a-tale-of-two-cities" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/jennyarthur.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Thoughts on my experience officiating at both the American and Canadian Weightlifting Olympic Trials. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Once again, it&rsquo;s the spring of an Olympic year,<strong> a time when all weightlifters start to think about the Games</strong>, Olympic trials, and securing a ticket to Rio de Janiero. The USAW held the Senior National and Olympic Trials in early May, while the Canadian Federation held theirs two weeks later. I was fortunate enough to officiate for both events.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/qualifying-for-rio-a-tale-of-two-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competing olymipc weightlifting olympic games Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000 165321 at https://breakingmuscle.com Advice for the Newbie Weightlifter https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/advice-for-the-newbie-weightlifter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/advice-for-the-newbie-weightlifter" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201603/newbie1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Bewildered and discouraged at your start in weightlifting? Here are some ways to improve like a pro, even if you're brand new. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p> Your awkward reverse-curl-clean and slow press-jerk are dead giveaways. The skin on the inside of your thumbs is still smooth, and you don&#39;t have any calluses. You&#39;re a newbie Olympic weightlifter, and <strong>you may not know what you&rsquo;re doing yet, but you sure as hell make up for it with enthusiasm.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/advice-for-the-newbie-weightlifter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk Mobility newbie olympic weightlifting snatch Strength Technique Technique Olympic Weightlifting Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +0000 163411 at https://breakingmuscle.com A Roadmap and Game Plan for Your Next Weightlifting Meet https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-roadmap-and-game-plan-for-your-next-weightlifting-meet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/a-roadmap-and-game-plan-for-your-next-weightlifting-meet" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/femalejerkheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Your preparation going into your next meet is as essential to your success as strength. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-roadmap-and-game-plan-for-your-next-weightlifting-meet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk event preparation olympic weightlifting snatch Technique Technique Technique warm up Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000 163176 at https://breakingmuscle.com Brains and Brawn: How Smart (or Dumb) Are Weightlifters? https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/brains-and-brawn-how-smart-or-dumb-are-weightlifters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/brains-and-brawn-how-smart-or-dumb-are-weightlifters" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/squatprep.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Think twice before calling someone a "dumb jock." </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I remember many years ago I was at a banquet held in conjunction with the 1968 Canadian Weightlifting Championships. <strong>Out of the blue, a non-lifter sitting next to me pointed to the mass of lifters chowing down on their steak dinner and decided to inform us that, &rdquo;I would rather have this (points to head) than brawn.&rdquo;</strong> This statement was complete with a fine air of superiority.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/brains-and-brawn-how-smart-or-dumb-are-weightlifters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance breakingmuscle intelligence olympic weightlifitng sports psychology Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162916 at https://breakingmuscle.com Stronger Lats for Stronger Lifts https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/stronger-lats-for-stronger-lifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/stronger-lats-for-stronger-lifts" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/pullupsforlatsheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Use these six exercises to build a bulletproof upper back. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Back development (or lack thereof) can tell you a lot about a lifter. <strong>Regardless of the sport, a strong back is fundamental to peak performance</strong>. Without full development of the lats, erectors, traps, and rhomboids, your lifts will falter, performance will plateau, and injury will ensue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/stronger-lats-for-stronger-lifts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle lats olympic weightlifitng Strength strength and conditioning upper back Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162896 at https://breakingmuscle.com Rises and Falls: Weightlifting in the Post-Soviet Era https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/rises-and-falls-weightlifting-in-the-post-soviet-era <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/rises-and-falls-weightlifting-in-the-post-soviet-era" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201601/alexeev.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Excellence in weightlifting is not permanent. Neither is mediocrity. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> The <a href="http://www.iwf.net/2015houston/" target="_blank">2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships</a> are now history. <strong>Those who were there saw some fantastic performances that seem otherworldly</strong> to us garage gym rats struggling to make our first 300lb clean and jerk. We may even wonder if our efforts count for anything next to such elite athletes. Now that everyone is back in their home gyms, it is time for some deeper analysis.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/rises-and-falls-weightlifting-in-the-post-soviet-era" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting soviets sports history Strength Strength Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162536 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Complete Snatch Warm Up https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-complete-snatch-warm-up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-complete-snatch-warm-up" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201601/overheadsquatdewar.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Deconstruct your lift during the warm up to develop precision and speed. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Many lifters fail to recognize the importance of a well-designed <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-ultimate-weightlifting-warm-up" target="_blank">Olympic weightlifting warm-up routine</a>. <strong>The inability to recognize and address the individual weak components of this complex weightlifting exercise results in missed lifts, technical faults, injury, and limited long-term progress</strong>. Additionally, the implementation of a solid warm-up routine will promote:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-complete-snatch-warm-up" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifitng snatch Strength Strength Strength warm up warm up drills Olympic Weightlifting Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162331 at https://breakingmuscle.com Why You Keep Missing Your Jerks https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-you-keep-missing-your-jerks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/why-you-keep-missing-your-jerks" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201601/missedjerk.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Timing and technique can make all the difference between nailing it and bailing out. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-you-keep-missing-your-jerks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk jerk olympic weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162301 at https://breakingmuscle.com World Champion Weightlifters Are Just Like Us https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/world-champion-weightlifters-are-just-like-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/world-champion-weightlifters-are-just-like-us" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201512/dresdinphoto3.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A newbie might expect to see blinding speed and perfect technique at Worlds. But that is not always the case. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The <a href="http://www.iwf.net/competitions/world-championships/" target="_blank">2015 Senior World Weightlifting Championships</a> are now history</strong>. A record 584 lifters from at least 75 countries traveled to Houston in late November. In addition to the usual world bragging rights, athletes were also fighting to maximize their nation&rsquo;s team size for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/world-champion-weightlifters-are-just-like-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle champion clean and jerk olympic weightlifitng snatch strength and conditioning Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000 161826 at https://breakingmuscle.com CrossFitters: 5 Steps to Immediately Improve Your Weightlifting https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/crossfitters-5-steps-to-immediately-improve-your-weightlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/crossfitters-5-steps-to-immediately-improve-your-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201512/weightliftingforcrossfit.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Most of the time, we’re physically able to shift the metal. We fail because we psych ourselves out. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>You know the drill all too well.</strong> You go in and warm up with an empty bar. You hit your warm up, you load your plates on your bar on your platform. Same as always.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>55lbs feels alright, as usual. Then 65lbs, then 75lbs, then 85lbs. Now it&#39;s time to move to 5 pound jumps. <strong>But then it happens</strong>.<strong> </strong>It&#39;s always, ALWAYS around 95-100lbs you start to miss. Why?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/crossfitters-5-steps-to-immediately-improve-your-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crossfit olympic weightlifting technique weightlifting weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161671 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Final Countdown: Strategies for Competition Week https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-final-countdown-strategies-for-competition-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-final-countdown-strategies-for-competition-week" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201512/teamsoulweightliftingclub.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What you do in the days leading up to competition is crucial for hitting your biggest lifts on the day. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>The last week of training before competition is critically important</strong>, but is often given short shrift by athletes. Lifters are often tying up loose ends in their life before getting ready for an out-of-town trip, which means training can be of a perfunctory nature in this last week.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-final-countdown-strategies-for-competition-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competitions event preparation olympic weightlifitng powerlifting Recovery Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161521 at https://breakingmuscle.com Explosiveness and Technique: Weightlifting Versus Powerlifting https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/explosiveness-and-technique-weightlifting-versus-powerlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/explosiveness-and-technique-weightlifting-versus-powerlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201511/dresdinadjustedheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When it comes to modes of lifting, our differences are not as significant as our similarities. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>In Olympic weightlifting we are often called upon to differentiate our style of training and competing from powerlifting</strong>. Even more frequently, our activities are erroneously referred to as &ldquo;powerlifting.&rdquo; (Oddly enough, the Olympic lifts actually produce more power than the so-called powerlifts, which are better referred to as strength lifts.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/explosiveness-and-technique-weightlifting-versus-powerlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting power lifting strength and conditioning technique Olympic Weightlifting Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161156 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Ultimate Weightlifting Warm Up https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-ultimate-weightlifting-warm-up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-ultimate-weightlifting-warm-up" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201510/cleanandjerkheadlineimage.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These warm-up exercises will help you address the most common limitations and technical faults in today's lifters. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Olympic weightlifting requires maximal mobility, neuromuscular control, and power production.</strong> Limitations in any of these aspects will result in missed lifts, stalled progress, and potential injury. As a lifter progresses in his or her training, specific limitations may present themselves. Any issues that these limitations highlight should be addressed on an individual basis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-ultimate-weightlifting-warm-up" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mobility oly warm up olympic weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000 155891 at https://breakingmuscle.com The Jerk and Aging Elbows: How to Fix Your Lockout https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-jerk-and-aging-elbows-how-to-fix-your-lockout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-jerk-and-aging-elbows-how-to-fix-your-lockout" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/cleanandjerk.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's a shame to see a lifter pull a huge weight but not quite make the lockout. Here are some of the causes and solutions. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>In the sport of weightlifting, the key requirement of a successful lift in competition is to lift the barbell to the full extent of the arms, while under control. As such, <strong>the elbows and their associated ligaments and tendons have to be healthy</strong> if you intend to consistently get three white lights from the referees.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-jerk-and-aging-elbows-how-to-fix-your-lockout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aging breakingmuscle elbow elbow injury elbow pain older athletes olympic weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000 154906 at https://breakingmuscle.com