Olympic weightlifters demonstrate strength, speed, power and execution. They are fit, but work tirelessly to perfect their technique so they can lift heavier weights and minimise the risk of injury. For the majority of people bodybuilding, they want to lift and train with more power and see tangible results from their training efforts. In the gym, there is no better athlete than the Olympic weightlifter.
Here are a few things that you can learn from Olympic weightlifters.
Make sure that your technique is flawless.
Look at any person that is new to the gym and the first thing you will see them do is try to lift heavy weights with poor technique. It’s the quickest way to gain an injury and to completely miss achieving your gym goals.
Instead, focus on executing the right movements that will allow you to lift heavier weights in motions that will allow you to lift with more speed and power. Even if you decide not to go for power, lifting in the right motions that will allow your body to break down the muscle is important.
It’s common for Olympic weightlifters to train with little or no weights so that they perfect their technique. Once their technique starts to feel like second nature, they add resistance weights and continue to build their power, strength and speed, whilst still holding their technical form.
Olympic weightlifters train for up to four years to have their moment in the spotlight. It’s not a sprint, it is a marathon. They turn up to the gym and follow their workout plan. They follow their diet and ensure that they recover. They continue this cycle until it is time for them to perform on the global stage. At that point, they need to be ready to execute their power movements with their absolute strength and speed, so they can outperform their competition and their personal best.
What kind of equipment can you use to help improve your technique?
Chalk can help reduce the amount of moisture that’s on your hands. Simply clasp some chalk onto the palm of your hands to maximise the grip on the equipment that you are using.
Wooden jerk blocks
If you are doing movements like deadlifts, sumo lifts or power cleans, your body might not be prepared for the full range movement. You can use wooden jerk blocks to execute the movement from a higher position.
It’s handy to be able to drop the weights if you feel that it is getting too heavy for you. Gym mats will also help to protect the weights from getting damaged.
Think about how you can use this advice to take your training to the next level. Also, check out this training video for inspiration.