WEIGHTLIFTING, THE STRUGGLE AGAINST GRAVITY

South Carolina's 16-year-old phenom C.J. Cummings receives a Clean

South Carolina's 16-year-old phenom C.J. Cummings receives a Clean

EAV Barbell Weightlifting

Chest up!

There are ENDLESS approaches to training for weightlifting, improvement of the Snatch, Clean & Jerk; at EAV Barbell, we lean super loosely towards a mixture of a Russian and Chinese training style, involving lighter, more controlled weights, with lots of assistance work, but we're certainly not dogmatic, and of course, are happy to teach you how to work Snatches, Cleans, Jerks and their variations safely into a generalized fitness program. 

Many of you may have seen these lifts performed at high repetitions, or done for time, in other training environments. We will NOT allow the competition lifts to be performed in a cardio-style, high-rep workout at EAV Barbell Club. To each their own, but in our estimation, there is too much to risk, and not enough to gain for a weightlifter or a casual athlete, from training the lifts in that way. When trained smartly, weightlifting has an incredibly low rate of injury. Get your cardio once you put the bar down!

If you have a coach, or your own program, and wish to be a member of our club, this is of course not an issue in any way. Beginners encouraged to inquire.

What is Weightlifting?

Weightlifting, also known commonly as Olympic Lifting, Oly Lifting, or Olympic-Style Weightlifting, in the most basic sense, is a discipline in which an athlete attempts maximum lifts of a loaded barbell in 2 competition lifts: The Snatch, and the Clean & Jerk. It is the only sport of its genre that is a sanctioned Olympic event, hence the "Olympic" moniker so often attached.

While Weightlifting, since the organization of the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) in 1905, has long been a niche sport, its movements and training techniques have long been used by elite athletes, particularly team sport and track & field athletes, due to the inherent combination of strength training, coordination, and explosive, dynamic movement. Traditionally, weightlifting has found its greatest popularity, and its finest athletes, in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and East Asia, though competitors have come from all over the globe, and more recently, the advent of CrossFit, which often incorporates Weightlifting movements, has sparked an explosion of interest here in the United States.

Spain's Lidia Valentin completing the Jerk portion of the Clean & Jerk

Spain's Lidia Valentin completing the Jerk portion of the Clean & Jerk

Because one's size and bodyweight affects one's lifts so dramatically, Weightlifting is a weight-class sport; one competes against lifters in one's own weight class. Men compete in 8 classes, from 56kg-105+kg (Super-heavy), and women in 7 classes, from 48kg-75kg+. Competition groups are split between Youth (under 18), Juniors (18-35), Seniors (18-35), and Masters (35+, grouped according to age). While the big stages are at the Olympics, or at major competitions like the IWF World Championships, U.S. Nationals or the American Open, amateur lifters can find many smaller meets in which to compete, all over the country. Metro Atlanta hosts dozens of meets per year, many of which are open to anyone who wishes to try it out, and the weightlifting community generally opens its arms to even the most novice of lifters.

For those not interested in competition, weightlifting, or some incorporation of its movements, can be an amazing tool for general physical fitness. While many pursuits involve muscle recruitment, balance, coordination, mobility, strength, power and speed, Weightlifting neatly packages and develops all of the above, and can yield a pretty powerful, quick, and sexy YOU!

 

 

China's Lu Xiaojun in the receiving position of the Snatch

China's Lu Xiaojun in the receiving position of the Snatch