About Weightlifting

Weightlifting is a sport that involves lifting a barbell overhead. In its current form, it has existed on an International level for around a hundred years.

Today, weightlifting is practised as a sport in more than one hundred and thirty countries around the world

Today, weightlifting is practised as a sport in more than one hundred and thirty countries around the world. It is the only sporting event in the Olympic Games involving very heavy weights. Hence its official title, Olympic Weightlifting.

There are two lifts used. This is why it is sometimes also referred to as a Biathlon. The two lifts used are:

  • THE SNATCH... which involves lifting a barbell from the floor to arms length and overhead, in a continuous ‘explosive’ motion. It is one of the most difficult lifts in the sport.
  • THE CLEAN AND JERK (C&J )... Involves lifting a barbell from the floor to the shoulders in one continuous motion, followed by a second motion of lifting the barbell up to arms length, above the head. It is, by far, the single greatest test of strength in all of organised athletics.

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