Weightlifting shoes provide several benefits when squatting or completing the Olympic lifts. They’re not for running, playing sports, or wearing around town, but they’ll help you hit depth and lift heavier.
Use Snatch Pulls to build explosiveness in your Snatch (the competitive Olympic lift), or as a stand alone exercise to develop speed, power, and body control. Either way, this move will make you a better athlete.
The clean pull is a segment of an Olympic Clean. It can be used to build up to the full Clean, or by itself as a stand-alone exercise for explosive power.
The snatch is a great exercise for developing SPEED. You’ll also be working on power in your legs and core, body control, coordination, and more.
The explanation of the snatch given here is over-simplified. You’ll need to learn this complex movement from a certified and experienced weightlifting coach before you try it on your own. It could take weeks, or longer, to go through a progression of simpler exercises building up to executing a real snatch.
Many of you are familiar with the Olympic Lifts. Those are the snatch and the clean and jerk. Some of you also know that these two movements are the backbone of many sports performance training programs. These lifts train force production for explosive power, kinesthetic awareness, balance, and more.
Olympic lifts are complex movements that include the snatch, clean, jerk, and all the variations thereof. These lifts have been included in the world Olympic Games for decades, and there are widely available opportunities to compete in weightlifting as a competitive sport at any age, weight, or experience level. Today, we’ll cover the benefits of adding these lifts to your own training programs for the purpose of gaining speed and power. You’ll also develop greater body control and awareness, better coordination, and improved timing.
Slower lifts like squats and dead-lifts are great for developing muscular strength, and have their place in your programs, but don’t match Olympic lifts for development of explosive power. The force production (most force in the shortest time) created in the clean and snatch have each been measured to be far greater than that of any traditional strength training exercise. In short, Olympic lifting WILL make you faster and more powerful.
This classic Olympic lift develops strength, speed, and power. It will also help you develop body awareness and coordination.