In Case You Were Wondering…
Quite simply, Olympic weightlifting can completely change one’s levels of strength and fitness. Developing on the more basic gym lifts – such as the squat, deadlift and shoulder press – Olympic weightlifting has no equal for developing speed, flexibility and coordinated, total-body strength and muscle.
The core strength and mobility that is developed by the sport means that Olympic lifters have some of the highest vertical leaps of all athletes.
The speed of the movement requires Olympic lifters to recruit every fast-twitch muscle fibre. These type II fibres, which fire anaerobically, are also associated with sprinting, which is why the fastest people in the world use weightlifting to gain that extra edge.
CONTROL AND SKILL
While we can perhaps all instinctively walk into a gym and perform a deadlift, it takes a long time to master the intricate technical aspects of Olympic weightlifting. Both lifts demand coordination, flexibility and complete concentration. The technical aspects of the sport go a lot further in developing mental and motor skills than regular free-weight lifting.
If combined with plenty of whole food nutrition and sound recovery you can build amazing fitness conditioning, superior cardiovascular conditioning and skills and physique to back it up. Weightlifting boosts the core, as well as the glutes, upper back, triceps and grip.
Because of the controlled nature of weightlifting, and the fact that experienced coaches play such a crucial role, injuries are rare in the sport. Indeed, weightlifting is actually considered one of the safest sports with just 0.0017 injuries per 100,000 hours of participation. Track and field athletics, as a comparison, has 0.570.
International Weightlifting Federation