As I described in my article Strength Training For The Endurance Athlete, Strength training will make you faster, and endure longer. The Snatch, Clean and Jerk is three functional full body lifts that people seeking to improve performance should know how to do.
This motion is the foundation of power generation in the vast majority of sports: Olympic Weightlifting is ground based. Weightlifters learn to generate force while standing on their feet, driving explosively against the ground. The explosive motion emanates from the center or core of the body outward as the lifter executes a triple extension with the hips, legs, and feet, to power the barbell upward. This motion is the foundation of power generation in the vast majority of sports and the practice of these 3 lifts contribute greatly to the development of power generation.
Full Body Development and Time Efficiency: Because so many of the muscles of the body are trained when and athlete executes Olympic lifts, the entire body is developed. The development occurs through functional movement.
Develop the Core and Kinesthetic Awareness: In order to perform these lifts, weightlifters need to develop a sense of where their bodies are, where the barbell is, and how their bodies interact with the bar as both are acted on by gravity. These challenges help to heighten an athlete’s kinesthetic awareness. At the same time, lifting, throwing, catching and supporting weights overhead, or on the shoulders, develops the core muscles of the body in unison.
Enhances Flexibility: Weight training performed through a full range of motion, such as those performed during the execution the Snatch and Clean and Jerk increases flexibility from the ankles up to the shoulders.
It is a great feeling to be able to lift your body weight overhead and transfer this newfound functional power and strength to your field of play. These lifts are not new, Weightlifting was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 as an event specifically designed to test strength and power. These lifts are used by athletes across all major sports Football, Baseball, Track & Field, Swimming, Cycling, Running and Hockey just to name a few. For over 118 years these lifts have produced great results.
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