Anyone who knows me knows I like a bit of Olympic Weightlifting. The two lifts in the sport are the snatch and the clean and jerk. I’m not very good at either but I enjoy learning and I really love watching people who are much better at it than I am. It can also be very good for you and, having done some research, I am keen to share some of the many benefits lifting weights can bring.
First, let’s dispel a handful of myths:
There are so many arguments for picking up a barbell, dumbbell or kettlebell. I could probably run into several pages. But I will list just a few of the compelling reasons for giving the classic Olympic lifts a go:
I really could go on ad nauseum but I will stop here and just say that, as well as being huge fun and a massive challenge, weightlifting is jolly good for you. My one recommendation would be to find a good coach who can show you how to lift with correct technique. And if Olympic lifting all sounds a bit too much then why not get yourself down to your local gym to give some more general weight training a go? You really won’t regret it.