Olympic Weightlifting, known as weightlifting to many is an Art, although all technical advice on how to complete the lifts is available through years of research and training. This sport is here to stay, one of the oldest sports in Olympic history!
Competition to establish who can lift the heaviest weight has been recorded throughout civilization, with the earliest known recordings including those found in Egypt, China and ancient Greece.
Today, the modern sport of weightlifting traces its origins to the European competitions of the 19th century.
The first male world champion was crowned in 1891; the weightlifters were not categorized by weight at this time, and a women’s championship did not exist until 1987. Truly the Model T Ford of fitness!! As wrestling is to mixed martial arts, weightlifting is a great base for any given athlete in a range of different sports.
Matt Fraser The fittest man on earth, a ten-year Olympic weightlifter and fittest women on earth Tia-Claire Toomey, an Olympic Gold medallist in the sport!!
It takes years to master the lifts, professionals say it takes 10,000 lifts to be proficient. The more you lift and engage the more you learn, and the journey is endless. The more you continue to participate, educate and grow within the sport the more you learn and the better you lift! You must be prepared to play “the long game”
This method of training is utilised throughout a variety of strength and conditioning programs due to the capability to move weight efficiently over distance creating power.
This sport is for everyone, you will rarely see elderly males and females playing a game of rugby for instance. Many times now, I have witnessed elderly males and females competing, the benefits of weightlifting in any form as you grow older are well documented however improved bone density and strength allow the elderly to avoid falls which often incur life changing injuries.
At Northern Light Weightlifting Club we believe your full potential can only be reached regularly training the specific movements and phases of the snatch and clean and jerk!