USA Weightlifting

Olympic-Style Weightlifting - Paramount Barbell Club

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

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