There are many benefits to Olympic style weightlifting. If you play a sport then you can understand the importance of your body being able to open and close the hips as fast as possible. Nothing works your body better in this area then Olympic weightlifting. The triple extension (ankles, knees, hips) is used when you run, sprint, jump, punch, throw- just about any athletic movement requires use of the hips and legs. Usually, the more power you can generate in a shorter amount of time is a good thing. Olympic weightlifting is perfect for this.
One of the biggest differences you see in men as they age is the lack of power output. People might say, “They have lost a step” or “They just aren’t as explosive as they used to be.”
I felt like this in my late 20’s. I had been in the SEAL teams for almost 10 years and was used to running, swimming, meathead workouts, and played rugby when I had time. I started to notice that I didn’t have the flexibility I used to and that I didn’t have that same pop in my step that I used to.
Then I was introduced to Coach B (Mike Burgener). I started weightlifting and doing the Olympic lifts. My legs came back in a matter of a couple months and that pop in my step was better than ever before! I started to feel like I did in high school except at a heavier weight. While playing rugby, I was able to run through tackles and juke opponents.
Now, I’m not suggesting getting into a full on weightlifting program, but it is important to add them into your workout. Typically towards the beginning while you are fresh and warmed up. Since these movements require a high amount of skill, it is important to learn them correctly and to have a coach. I can help with that. 😉
Some of you might say I can’t do the full movement or that it’s dangerous. I might agree with you after watching you move. But I haven’t come across anyone that can’t do some version of a snatch or some version of a clean and jerk.
There are ways to get the benefits of Olympic weightlifting without doing the full movements.
Lifts like the Snatch and Clean and Jerk are the world’s hardest lifts. They require strength, flexibility, speed, and coordination. All the same characteristics of great athletes.
If you want to improve your speed, agility, strength, and power, then you need to add Olympic style weightlifting to your program. You will see a dramatic improvement in a matter of weeks.
I didn’t even tell you the best part about it! It is freaking fun!!!