Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Olympic Lifting vs Power Lifting
Prior to December 31, 1972, 3 lifts were contested in Olympic Weightlifting. The Clean & Press, the Snatch, and the Clean & Jerk. Now, only the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk are contested.
The snatch is a test of a weightlifter's speed and flexibility, in addition to his/her strength. A properly executed snatch takes about one second to pull the barbell from the floor to the overhead position.
The Clean & Jerk is a combination test of strength and flexibility. The Clean & Jerk allows the most amount of weight to be lifted overhead, it is considered the 'King' of all lifts.
Powerlifting is a strength sport consisting of 3 events, the Squat, the Bench Press, and the Deadlift.
The Squat is performed with the athlete standing under a racked bar that is loaded with weight. The athlete allows the bar to rest on the upper back or trapezius, a full squat is performed (thighs hit parallel) the athlete returns to full hip extension and the bar is returned to the rack.
The Bench Press is performed with the athlete lying on a bench under a racked bar that is loaded with weight. The athlete removes the bar from the rack, lowers it to chest level and then presses it with full elbow extension, and returns the bar to the rack position.
The Deadlift is performed with an athlete standing over a weighted bar. The athlete reached down to grasp the bar and lifts the bar until the knees and hips are fully extended and the back is upright. At the end of the lift the bar is lowered back to the ground under control.
In Olympic Weightlifting, the athlete raises the bar from the ground to the overhead position. Powerlifting movements are classified as shorter lifts. Olympic weightlifting tends to focus more directly on the rapid force produced by dynamic efforts.
Of course each movement in both sports have their own variations and can be performed with various tools.
Weighted Step Ups
Med Ball Push Ups
Med Ball Squat Throws
Hanging Straight Leg Raises
20 of each for 4 rounds for time. Focus on form.
Skill work: Snatches