X|8 Olympic Lifting
Olympic Lifting is Beneficial to ANYONE, Regardless of Age or Fitness Level.
Olympic lifting is one of the “mainstays” of what makes CrossFit so successful. It’s called “Olympic” Lifting because it is the only form of lifting performed in the Olympics.
Best Core Strengthening Moves
Fact: You cannot lift a barbell from the ground and hold it over your head without using virtually every muscle in your body - including your heart. The body's 'core' muscles (which act as stabilizers) are put into overdrive when securing a barbell of ANY weight over your head. By strengthening the core of your body, you’ll gain more control over balance and movements. This, in turn, improves your ability to perform other movements better and lift heavier weight.
Olympic Lifting Increases Overall Power in Younger Athletes
Olympic lifting is great way to strengthen and develop the body’s joints, as well as improve athletic performance in sprinting, vertical jumping, and any other explosive maneuver. Olympic Lifting is one of the few exercises that works your entire body, moving weights farther and faster than traditional workouts.
For older athletes, the fact that the body constantly has downward pressure exerted on its skeletal structure has been proven multiple times to greatly improve bone density. This is essential to long term health and preventing injuries at any age.
How do CrossFit Students Benefit from our Olympic Lifting Class?
Our Detroit Olympic Lifting class focuses on learning to move properly. It takes time and dedication to learn the right form and technique to properly execute the core moves like the "Snatch" and the "Clean and Jerk". Fine-tuning these movements allows everyday people to become monsters in the gym. By using the right form and technique, we’ve seen smaller lifters to outperform larger, stronger athletes.
Every Athlete Should Incorporate Olympic Lifting into their Fitness Routine
Snatches and Clean and Jerks are essential exercises for athletes of every sport - not just weightlifters. The benefits of Olympic Lifting include:
- Increased Power
- Increased Vertical Jump
- Faster Sprinting Speed
- Improved Body Composition
- Improved Flexibility
You can fit an Olympic Lifting workout into your lunch hour.
After a 10 minute warm up, you can do a solid workout of 5-4-3-2-1 in 30 minutes or less. You’ll get an entire body workout, including cardio in the time it takes to find a parking spot at a downtown lunch joint.