weightlifting for beginners
Have you always wanted to start weightlifting but maybe felt a little intimidated by it? Or unsure of where to start? Well, we have a solution – beginners classes of weightlifting! First of all the best place to start is just to start.
Whether if you’ve never picked up a weight in your life or have tried on and off but never found your lifting joy, this class is for you. Lifting weights is a lot of fun, constantly humbling, it builds strength and character. I hope these tips inspire you to get into the gym and give it a try, no matter where you’re starting from.
Weightlifting is for everyone, so what are you waiting for?
WHAT IS WEIGHTLIFTING?
When you here people talk about “weightlifting” often they’ll be referring to the sport of Olympic weightlifting, covered during Olympics. The Olympic lifts are the snatch and the clean and jerk. Both are ground-to-overhead movements in which the barbell travels from the floor to a locked out position overhead to finish the lift. The sport of weightlifting has been around a long time but it’s rise in popularity over the last 5 or 10 years is in large part due to the inclusion of these lifts in the sport of CrossFit. Thats why we have Weightlifting in our gym, because it compliments CrossFit classes.
OLYMPIC LIFTING VS. POWERLIFTING
Powerlifting on the other hand, includes the squat, bench press and the deadlift, none of these move vertically overhead. Powerlifting movements are used in both CrossFit and in Olympic lifting for training and building strength, power and speed to improve the snatch and clean and jerk. All of these movements are highly technical and a Science unto themselves but that doesn’t mean they’re not accessible to anyone and everyone. Our Weightlifting class incorporate Powerlifting moves, to supplement training program.
Olympic lifts are done with speed and explosiveness while powerlifting is often performed at a slower tempo due to the very heavy weights being moved. We don’t really need to be concerned with the technicalities of powerlifting versus weightlifting but know that with a little practice and instruction, all of these movements can be safely be performed by beginners.
WHAT ABOUT STRENGTH TRAINING AND BODYBUILDING?
Powerlifting and weightlifting are both forms of strength training. Strength training refers to any of exercise that uses resistance to induce a muscular contraction, thereby building the strength, size and endurance of muscles. Bodybuilding is a sport in which strength training is used to control and develop the muscles of the body to look a particular way. Bodybuilding-style workouts are the most comment type of strength training people do. Think bicep curls, lateral raises and leg extensions. Sometime we do that too:)