Olympic weight training movements are a great addition to any workout routine, from CrossFit workouts to Olympic weight-training. Even if you want to add some power and strength into your workout, Olympic lifts can increase coordination and technique more than most other exercises.
Olympic movements develop explosiveness while building muscle at the same time! They can improve both speed and strength simultaneously depending on how you use them in a training program. Olympic lifts work both the upper and lower body at the same time so they burn more calories too! It’s also important to note that Olympic lifting will improve flexibility because of all the mobility required by Olympic lifts. Olympic lifts can be both a great strength and power exercise.
Whether you’re wanting to focus on the Olympic weightlifts as their own workout or just trying to find ways to improve your Olympic lifting, following are six are the most functional Olympic movements. Olympic movements require technical knowledge so do these exercises only if you know how Olympic lifts work and how to use them without hurting yourself!
Here we go…
1 . Power Clean & Power Snatch
These two hip-dominant power movements is a very functional in Olympic weightlifting. They transfer really well to everyday life because they help you jump higher, run faster, throw farther, and give more forceful punches. They also work all of the muscles in your body. The power clean is a movement where you lift the barbell from the ground to your shoulders in one smooth movement. The power snatch is very similar, but you lift the bar overhead instead of to your shoulders. Olympic weightlifters use these lifts to move large weights as quickly as possible.
2 . Hang Clean
The hang clean is a variation of the power clean that starts with the barbell hanging from your hips. This is a great way to learn how to properly power clean because it’s a little bit easier than starting from the ground. It still works all of the same muscles and helps improve explosiveness.
3 . Front Squat
The front squat is a basic Olympic weightlifting movement that helps develop strength in your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. It’s also a great way to improve your Olympic lifting technique. This lift is often used in CrossFit workouts.
4 . Overhead Squat
The overhead squat is a more advanced Olympic weightlifting movement that helps improve flexibility and mobility in your hips, shoulders, and ankles. It’s also a great way to increase strength in your quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
5 . Deadlift
The deadlift is another basic Olympic weightlifting movement that helps develop strength in your hamstrings, glutes and back. This lift is often used in CrossFit workouts.
6 . Bench Press
The bench press is not an Olympic weightlifting movement, but it’s a great exercise to develop overall strength in your chest, shoulders, and arms. Olympic weightlifters use a barbell in their competitions, but you can also perform this movement with dumbbells or a Smith machine bar.
Olympic weightlifting movements are a great addition to any workout routine because they increase coordination and technique. If you want to add some power and strength into your workout, Olympic lifts can be better for this type of training than most other exercises. Contact Function Health Club today or follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about how we incorporate these moves into our workouts!