Olympic Weightlifting


What is Olympic Weightlifting

Olympic Weightlifting is a ground-based barbell sport in which one attempts to lift heavy weights for full body development. Olympic Weightlifting develops body awareness, increases muscular coordination, and increases muscle fiber diameter when done correctly, with proper training and safety precautions.

It is imperative that Olympic Lifters have good joint mobility and strong experience with core lifts such as the front squat, overhead squat, deadlift and push press. Two lifts, the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk, are performed by driving against the ground, putting the body into triple extension, driving the body under the weight, and “catching” the weight in the final position.

Where are the Platforms Located?

The weight room inside the Southwest Recreation Center, houses four Olympic Weightlifting platforms. These platforms are the only location where Olympic-style lifts (clean, jerk, and snatch) are permitted. Participants interested in accessing the platforms must first pass a test-out to demonstrate movement competency. Hours of operation can be found here .