Olympic Lifting

The barbell snatch and the barbell clean and press are amazing exercises. When it comes to developing speed, athleticism, and total-body power, there are very few exercises that can touch them. These two lifts will engage practically every muscle in your body, encouraging fast and slow twitch fibres to react due to their explosive movements. So, the perfect exercises! So why do we not see them being performed more often?

My feeling is that it’s two-fold. Firstly, it looks quite scary. Watching someone throw 100kgs over their head and stand there proudly with their arms locked out will make you think ‘wow’, closely followed by ‘what if he drops it’, and finally ‘I couldn’t do that!’ Secondly, they are difficult to master. It’s relatively easy to sit on a machine and perform your reps. It’s a lot harder to work your way through the stages involved to clean and press. However, like most things in life, the harder you work to achieve something the greater the satisfaction. That’s why we are here!!

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