Olympic lifting benefits
Olympic lifting is all the rage in training these days. It makes you quick, strong and lean, why wouldn’t you do it. You’ve seen the brightly coloured rubber bumper plates in the gym but not sure what they’re for. Read below and see the benefits that Olympic lifting can have for you.
1. Every muscle in the body is used, from the smaller supporting ones to the big movers. Too many people spend their time doing bicep curls and shoulder shrugs when their goal is weight loss/fat loss. A tough couple of clean and jerks or snatches will not only change your muscular appearance but it will also leave you heaving for breath and sweating in streams.
2. The human body is built in one piece so why not move it in one piece. Lifting the bar from the ground to overhead in one movement brings the entire body into play. You’ll notice that the smaller muscles that you’ve never utilised before will begin to show, especially the posterior ones, from your glutes to traps to spinal erectors. Your back will look fantastic and your posture will improve no end, decreasing any lower back pain that you might experience from being in a sitting position most of the day.
3. It’s difficult to over-train when Olympic lifting. Forced reps are impossible as is overloading or cheating on form. There no rack, no supports and no spotting partner to help you push that extra last rep.
4. You’re in and out of the gym in under 45 mins. A solid 5-4-3-2-1 or 20 singles workout will take just under 30 minutes. It’s a short, sharp workout that leaves you exhausted, sweaty and lean.