Olympic Lifting

What is Olympic lifting you ask? Also referred to as Oly or Weightlifting

Olympic weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympics which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates


The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk. The snatch is a wide-grip, one-move lift. The clean and jerk is a close-grip, two-move lift. 

Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within the competitors chosen category. 


In comparison with other strength sports, which test limit strength, weightlifting tests aspects of explosive strength. The lifts are therefore executed faster and with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution—than other strength movements.


Currently the Australian Weightlifting federation is the overarching national body, who are compliant to IOC Levels. 


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