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Lifts like the snatch and Clean and Jerk are the world’s hardest lifts. They require strength, flexibility, speed, and coordination. If you want to improve your speed, agility, strength, and power for any sport then you need to add Olympic weightlifting to your programme.
You will see a dramatic improvement
in a matter of weeks.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE THEM BEFORE, DON’T DO IT ON YOUR OWN AS YOU NEED TO FIND A TRAINER THAT CAN TEACH YOU THE LIFTS,
Even though the snatch and the clean & jerk require more time to learn, even the short-term training effects are substantial, you could end up saving you time, as the two lifts can be used as an efficient way of working the whole body and the cardiovascular system
with only a few sets a day.
The greater skills complexity of the Olympic lifts develops a wider range of physical abilities than does traditional weight training, and it transfers better to the performance of sports and other activities of daily life.
Many athletes also enjoy the benefits of injury prevention. The lifts develop core strength. They work a vast array of muscles to achieve a muscular balance between the front and back muscles of the body. This contrasts with many sports and daily activities that underdevelop the back, abdominal and scapular muscles and overdevelop shoulder and pectoral muscles.
Surprisingly, Olympic weightlifting has one of the lowest injury rates of all sports. It is safe and even important for us as we age. As we age, athletic-type lifting contributes most to maintaining a high level of functional living through each decade of life.
Olympic weightlifting can also help prevent osteoporosis.