USA Weightlifting

Olympic-Style Weightlifting

Did you know that Olympic Weightlifting is one of the single best training protocols available for developing explosive power, flexibility, coordination and strength in athletics? Well-coached Olympic weightlifting is statistically one of the safest sports practiced in the world.

Don’t let inexperience hold you back—if you’re new to weight training or want to improve your lifting, you’re in good hands at Paramount Barbell Club. Our certified USAW Sports Performance Coaches offer an Olympic-style weightlifting program using the Snatch and Clean & Jerk.

Why Olympic-Style Weightlifting?

Olympic weightlifting is a sport in which athletes compete to lift the greatest amount of weight overhead within an athlete’s weight category. The competition lifts are the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each lift. The combined total of the highest successful attempt for each lift determines the athlete’s placing within their respective body weight category.

In contrast, Olympic-style weightlifting is a form of weight training incorporating the competitive lifts or variations of the Olympic weightlifts. Athletes use Olympic-style weightlifting as a part of their sports conditioning program to develop explosive speed strength, or power.

Success in Olympic-style weightlifting is defined by snatching and clean and jerking more. It is not defined by having a huge squat or carrying an impressive workload in training. To be sure, those things can certainly contribute to increasing the competitive lifts, but don’t let them become an end unto themselves.

Ready to get started? We offer several programs throughout the week. Come on in and check us out.

“Olympic-style weightlifting is very technical. The movements are often difficult to master and some of the positions may cause a great deal of discomfort in the early stages of learning. The focus and attention to detail required to attain a sense of mastery is a lifetime journey. Almost anyone can learn to work hard on a basic movement such as a lat pull-down or a seated row, but to truly master the snatch or clean-and-jerk requires far more patience and dedication.” —Liam “Taku” Bauer

142kg (312#) Clean & Jerk

142kg (312#) Clean & Jerk

Paramount Barbell Club Teen Hardship Program

This is probably the most important post I will ever make. For nearly a year now, I have been running a ‘Teen Hardship Program‘ at my gym, and I am ready to expand the program and reach out to even more kids. I am particularly fortunate that my gym, CrossFit Paramount, is located just a half mile from a low income housing community that was the perfect place to reach out to when first launching my program. I was able to find kids that would be considered at-risk. I truly believe lives can be changed for the better when someone cares enough to give these kids an opportunity to succeed that they might not normally have because of family circumstances. Each kid I reached out to was given a scholarship to cover their gym membership to attend classes twice a week. For nearly a year now, I have seen kids come and go, and I have also seen kids commit and show up on a regular basis since the beginning. The transformation they are experiencing is life-changing, not just for them, but for our entire community here at the gym.

Moving forward, knowing what I know now and learning how I can help even more, I am planning a series of fundraising events to help build the program to reach more kids and offer training more days of the week. We are bumping the program up from two days to four days a week and offering more options for class times each day. Although the program started by offering CrossFit, the kids have shown to really love the weightlifting part of the program  so I will be expanding the program to offer those interested an opportunity to train specifically with weightlifting. Our fundraising will be to raise money for proper weightlifting equipment, proper workout attire including lifting shoes and singlets for completion as well as to fund their scholarships.

I would love to see people help by donating, but just as importantly, I would love to see people share this post to help us gain exposure for our program. This is really important to me and I am incredibly appreciative of everyone willing to help me out, either through a direct donation or by participating in forthcoming multiple weightlifting clinics hosted at my gym, CrossFit Paramount, with all the proceeds going to the program. In addition, I will also be hosting a weightlifting competition and a separate CrossFit competition to raise funds. Please, please, please take the time to share this post and let’s change some teen lives for the better!!!!

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