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Olympic Lifting

Olympic Lifting is an advanced training style for serious lifters, which takes a lot of practice to perfect.

There are six main olympic lifts, all of which require a lot of power, strength and know-how to perform. Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about these lifts.




Why do Olympic lifting?

Olympic weightlifting is great for improving strength, speed and power; it also helps with spinal posture and carries a whole host of other benefits that go hand in hand with general weightlifting. Olympic lifting, in particular, takes a lot of discipline and dedication, so the physical benefits are accompanied by many other mental benefits associated with self-discipline and confidence. Really, there are endless benefits. However, safety is paramount, and due to the nature of the lifts performed, it's extremely important to seek advice from a qualified trainer or experienced peer before attempting Olympic lifts.


What equipment do you need to do Olympic lifting?

Two essential pieces of kit for Olympic lifting are a barbell and weight plates. The standard size for an Olympic barbell is 7ft, but we do have 6ft Olympic Barbells available if you're short on space.

Any weight plate with 'Olympic' in the title will fit your Olympic barbell. For the type of lifts you will be performing, it's vital that you use rubber bumper plates, as you will often be dropping your weights to the floor and need to protect both your weights and the floor. It's a good idea to invest in some extra protection for your floor, like rubber floor tiles.


What are the six Olympic lifts?

The Big Six olympic lifting movements are:
Power Clean
Front Squat
Squat Clean
Push Jerk
Power Snatch
Squat Snatch
These are all variations of two main movements: The Snatch and The Clean and Jerk. If you're looking to perfect any of the six lifts, make sure you have perfected these two elements first, and always speak to an expert before attempting these lifts.