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CO-ED CAMP

4 Day Junior Olympic weightlifting camp

Dares: July 22- 26.

Time:  1 to 2:30 PM each day

Come see what all the fuss is about, then return to challenge the Alberta Junior Weightlifting circuit in the fall as you become a member of our ever popular team!

Learn and Improve your skills in this not-so-new but NEW to High River Sport stream… Olympic Weightlifting!
Have your Teenager learn the principles of safe lifting, explosive strength and power and how these lifts, the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, can take them into everyday life and, in a club program, possibly to the Olympics!
 
Olympic Weightlifting is a sport that almost every Olympic level athlete practices in one lift or another. It is a direct application to almost every single key athletic movement, jumping, diving, sprinting, skating, and more. Learn the principles to heighten the youth athlete in your house!

What is Olympic Weightlifting?

  • What is Olympic Weightlifting?

Olympic Weightlifting is a competitive sport in which the athlete attempts to lift a barbell loaded with weights overhead through techniques called the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk (described below). Weightlifting should not be confused with bodybuilding, which focuses on how muscles look and body symmetry. Nor should it be confused with powerlifting, which measures how much one can lift in the bench press, deadlift, and squat. Weightlifting tests the explosive strength of the athlete, and when done properly, the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk are both dynamic and explosive.

Olympic Weightlifting is also an effective way to train for other sports. The lifts and their components are commonly used by elite athletes in other sports to train for both explosive strength and functional strength. By incorporating Olympic Weightlifting into your training regime, you can improve nearly all facets of your athletic performance. Key benefits include:

  • Time-efficient training: One exercise works multiple muscle groups
  • Full body development:
    – Develops kinesthetic awareness
    – Increases muscle fiber diameter (hypertrophy)
    – Increases neural adaptations, improving intra-muscular coordination (muscle recruitment) and inter-muscular coordination (synchronization)
  • Improved flexibility

What are the lifts?

The International Weightlifting Federation describes the two lifts in Olympic Weightlifting as follows:

The Snatch

The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs.

During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the platform during t he execution of the lift. The weight, which has been lifted, must be maintained in the final motionless position, arms and legs extended, the feet on the same line, until the Referees give the signal to replace the barbell on the platform.

The lifter may recover in his or her own time, either from a split or a squat position, and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell. The Referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.

The Clean and Jerk

(a) The Clean

The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the shoulders, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. The barbell must not touch the chest before the final position. It then rests on the clavicles or on the chest above the nipples or on the arms fully bent. The feet return to the same line, legs straight before performing the Jerk. The lifter may make this recovery in his or her own time and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.

(b) The Jerk

The athlete bends the legs and extends them as well as the arms to bring the barbell to the full stretch of the arms vertically extended. He or she returns the feet to the same line; arms and legs fully extended, and waits for the Referees’ signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The Referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.