What is Olympic lifting and why is it a part of what we do?

Olympic Weightlifting, also known as weightlifting, is an Olympic sport and has been in every Summer Olympic Games since 1920.  This is what enables our bodies to be more stable in daily activities by improving things like body composition, work capacity, muscular power and strength, range of motion, and coordination.  Overall, Olympic lifting can be an effective way for athletes to improve their physical and mental performance, making it an important component of many training programs in a variety of sports, such as CrossFit.

Power and Explosiveness

Olympic lifting involves explosive movements that require the use of fast-twitch muscle fibers. By incorporating Olympic lifting into their training, athletes can develop power and explosiveness that can translate into improved performance in other sports.

Mobility and Flexibility

Olympic lifting requires a high degree of mobility and flexibility, which can help athletes improve their range of motion and reduce their risk of injury. This can be especially important for athletes who participate in sports that put stress on the joints.

Strength and Endurance

Olympic lifting is a highly effective way to build strength and endurance, which can benefit athletes in a wide range of sports. By increasing their strength and endurance, athletes can improve their overall physical performance and reduce their risk of injury.

Mental Toughness and Focus

Olympic lifting requires a high degree of mental toughness and focus, as athletes must be able to maintain proper technique and form while lifting heavy weights. This can help athletes stay focused and perform at their best under pressure.

 Olympic Lifting Movements:


The snatch, also known as the squat or full snatch, implies that a lifter catches the load overhead in the full squatted position.  This is a common movement seen in Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, sports performance training, and fitness.


Click here to see how to do a “Squat” Snatch by Wodstar.


Both beginner and advanced lifters alike use the power snatch to build up their strength and refine their technique with the barbell. The power snatch is often the first stop on the journey to learning the competitive “Snatch” version.


Click here to see how to do a Power Snatch by Wodstar.


Power Cleans enhance your full-body strength and build muscle throughout your upper and lower body, including in your quadriceps, deltoids, core, and triceps—as well as muscles like the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back muscles.


Click here to see how to do a Power Clean by Wodstar.


The clean and jerk is a composite of two weightlifting movements, most often performed with a barbell: the clean and the jerk. This exercise helps to strengthen the muscles which are important for improving speed and power.


Click here to see how to do a Clean and Jerk by Wodstar.


The squat clean is a comprehensive powerlifting exercise that targets most major muscle groups across your body. With proper form, squat cleans can build muscle in a variety of muscle groups.



Click here to see how to do a Squat Clean by Wodstar.


The push jerk is a type of lift where a weight moves from the shoulders to overhead with the aid of a lower-body dip. Because of this dip, the load is lifted mostly through the strength in the legs and less arm strength is required to perform the movement.


Click here to see how to do a Push Jerk by Wodstar.